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Category: Niger

Saturday, May 30th

sounds of Niger

Mdou Moctar, “à la maison,” live, Niger (Ingall), 2013

 

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lagniappe

reading table

Neither question nor assertion makes sense / when truth is a tone of voice.

—Karen Solie, “Interior” (The Road In Is Not the Same Road Out)

 

Monday, November 17th

sounds of Niger

Group Inerane, live, Scotland (Glasgow), 2011


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lagniappe

art beat: yesterday afternoon, Rito y Recuerdo: Day of the Dead, National Museum of Mexican Art (1852 W. 19th St., Chicago; through December 14th)

Calavera_en_ofrenda_with_Cempasuchil_flowers

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onstage: last night, Happy Days (Samuel Beckett), Theatre Y (2649 N. Francisco Ave., Chicago; through November 23rd)

Sometimes I hear sounds. But not often. They are a boon, sounds are a boon, they help me . . . through the day. The old style! Yes, those are happy days, when there are sounds. When I hear sounds.

—Winnie

Tuesday, 4/19/11

can’t wait
(an occasional series)

Bombino (AKA Omar Moctar, Goumar Almoctar, Bambino)
Chicago (Millennium Park), 7/11/11

More desert guitar.

Live, Niger

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Wednesday, 10/13/10

Today, celebrating our 400th post, we revisit a few favorites.

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street music

Whatever it is, this guy’s got it.

(Originally posted on 8/25/10.)

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take two (or is it one?)

Following up on Vijay Iyer’s take (6/30/10), here’s the original.

M.I.A., “Galang” (2005)

One of the things I love about M.I.A. is that she doesn’t let any of the usual stuff get in her way. Take her dancing, for instance: she’s, uh, not real good at it—at least not by the usual standards. Does that stop her? Nah.

(Originally posted on 7/2/10.)

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Guitar, drums—that’s all it takes.

Bambino (AKA Bombino), live, Niger (Agadez), 2010

Part 1

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Part 2

(Originally posted on 8/9/10.)

Monday, 8/9/10

Guitar, drums—that’s all it takes.

Bombino (AKA Bambino), live, Niger (Agadez), 2010

Part 1

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Part 2

Thursday, 7/22/10

When the groove is strong enough, even the walls seem to sway.

Group Inerane, “Ano Nagarus,” live, Niger, 2004

Thursday, 3/4/10

Imagine that, one day, all the music you’ve ever heard in your life disappeared from the world.

How much music would remain?

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