Here’s a little gem I discovered from AWESOME TAPES a little while back which I’ve been secretly keeping to myself. Well I say I kept it to myself but in fact I sent it over to Bethan Elfyn from BBC Radio 1 a few months back and she played some cutz from it on her show.
It’s a real little beauty!
It was originally thought to be Moroccan, as that is where it was recorded, but one of the commentators clarified it’s origins:
The title of the cassette reads as ‘Noujoum Taarab el Mauritanie’ which translates ‘the stars of Mauritanian music’.
The cassette features the female griot Momma mint Dendenni and the guitar player Seddoum ould Bowba Jiddou. They are both Nouakchott based griots from Mauritania, and the young generation of two of Eastern Mauritania’s biggest griot families.
They probably came up to the Moroccan Sahara for a few months to play some weddings and make some cash and were asked to record this cassette.
Many of Nouakchott’s griots make frequent trips up to the Moroccan Sahara.