The first time I heard something on Nyege Nyege Tapes was on computer speakers. For once, the promotional blurb wasn’t hyperbolic …
A long-lost recording resurfaces.
“A film is always an attempt, nothing more, and that allows for a sort of dialogue.”
Of all the weddings I went to in Mauritania, this one had the most intense music. Here, I know, the audio quality is sort of insane and blown-out sounding, but that’s actually what it sounded like in person.
This is the type of record that will slap cultural essentialists in the face.
The Malian songwriter on the origins of his hypnotic desert blues.
The iconic dancer and choreographer is collaborating with musician Lukas Ligeti on Itutu, blending African pop with Western symbolism. They dissect African polyrhythms and Armitage’s movement language of sinuous curves.