Thursday, July 14, 2011
L’Orchestre Nationale de Mauritanie- La Mone / Kamlat (Mauritania, 1973 , Mississippi Records / Sahel Sounds, 2011)
"...L’Orchestre Nationale was the first modern Mauritanian musical troupe. In 1967, the young president Moktar Ould Daddah sent Hadrami along with 14 other musicians to Guinea Conakry for musical training in what would be the first experiment in modernization — incorporating a brass section and electric guitars — but retaining the Hoddu and finding a particularly important place for the Mauritanian flute, the Neyfara, featured prominently on a number of tracks. Returning to Nouakchott, a town of no more 20,000 in the pre-drought Mauritania, the L’Orchestre National was the official band of the new country, playing in official capacity for the president in all social events, and providing a soundtrack of post-colonial aspirations..."
...Read the whole story at Sahel Sounds.....
This is my slightly de-clicked 320 rip of this outstanding recent 7" reissue from Mississippi Records and Sahel Sounds. A hypnotising find by Christopher Kirkley. And..pssst...the best way for an out-of-towner to buy mailorder from Mississippi Records is from Little Axe.
L’Orchestre Nationale de Mauritanie- La Mone / Kamlat (Mauritania, 1973 , Mississippi / Sahel Sounds, 2011)