What’s the name of this band/album?…


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…I have no idea but this tape from Guelmim, a town in southern Morocco, is INSANE. commanding vocal repetitions, lyrical guitar space-outs and infinite hand-clapping vs. spectacular use of auto-tune vocals and mod wheel synth embellishments. If all music sounded like this (and everyone listened to this tape exclusively each day) there would be no reason to blog, no war, no corruption, we’d all just be chilling blissed-out lying on pillows in sunny living rooms for eternity. This is beautifully smart and modern music.

Chris, who is traveling in the region right now, sent this to me explaining it’s Hassaniya (the Arabic dialect spoken in most of Mauritania, Western Sahara and elsewhere) music. I’d be curious to know more about these artists and this cassette if anyone has additional info…

21 responses to “What’s the name of this band/album?…”

  1. icastico says:

    Thank you so much.
    I will be eager to find out more if someone knows anything.

  2. Anonymous says:

    The name of the brand is :
    “Amnat Azawan”
    The name of the group has a berber consonance but the songs are in Hassaniya arabic.

  3. NGONI says:

    here the name of the group and more.

  4. NGONI says:

    If you like this style, I encourage you to listen Saharaoui people in exile the most beautiful songs in language Hassaniya of the Sahara.

    In aduna blog you can find the old cassette El Wali.

    But present music with modern arrangements are also beautiful.

    Mariem HasanNayim AlalAziza Brahim

  5. 5-Track says:

    THIS IS GREAT!!! Thanks!

  6. Anonymous says:

    Many thanks for sharing. Apurva from Pune, India.

  7. Elly says:

    hmm, s’alright.

    Hehe, I checked all your posts, and nothing whatsoever coming from Algeria, and rightly so, I haven’t heard anything good coming out of there in recent years, and I go there every year.

    I would be dead impressed if you could find something decent from Algeria, so I challenge you. ^__^

  8. mangue says:

    Yo this is brilliant.
    Here you all can find more similar and related music from the Sahara and surroundings:
    Enjoy and thanks, mangue

  9. Awesome Senegal blog, have a nice day.

  10. NGONI says:

    @ mange.
    The Tamasheq have a formidable music, they share landscape and territory with the Maures but they are two different peoples.

    The tamasheq is the language Berber spoken by the people known as Touareg and is used for thousands of years in North Africa, have their own writing Tifinagh.

    The Maures and Saharahuis speak Hassaniya a dialect of Arabic and for writing they used Arabic calligraphy.

  11. jacob says:

    thanks for all the awesome music!!

  12. neonwhales says:

    the best thing i have ever heard

    only after Ensemble Instrumental National du Mali

  13. Anonymous says:

    holy shit. made my day.

  14. Anonymous says:

    This band is called Sahara Blues or Mnat Azawan from Guelmim. This is my father Mohammad Bounani and my two sisters. My father has been a traditional singer in Morocco for over 30 years and has travelled around the world representing Moroccan Sahara music.

    If you have any more questions please do not hesitate to email me.


  15. Anonymous says:

    you´ve got it neonwhales

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  17. Anonymous says:

    Hi, this groupe leader is my friend, they are very good singers, and much open and I like their music.

  18. JonThom says:

    at ELLY – check your head. what about:

    orchestre national des barbes
    gnawa diffusion
    cheik el meskine
    chikaha rahma

    just to name a few? algeria’s got badass tunes all over the place.

  19. morito says:

    i have a lot of of this cassette tape sealed new never used new old stock

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