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Akaline Kidal

by Ahmed Ag Kaedy

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  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    Vinyl release of singer/songwriter Ahmed Ag Kaedy, revisiting the origins of Tuareg political folk with 8-track cassette sessions of stripped down solo acoustic guitar.

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  • Cassette + Digital Album

    Limited Cassette of Akaline Kidal, a special version reflecting the medium on how it was recorded, and the original form of distribution of Tuareg folk music,

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In exile from his city in Northern Mali, singer/songwriter Ahmed Ag Kaedy returns to the origins of Tuareg folk with sessions of stripped down solo acoustic guitar. Mellow pentatonic notes dance over plaintive vocals, intimate and close mic'd, endearing in their simplicity. Drifting from melancholic ballads and pleas for peace, “Akaline Kidal” is a politically charged and poignant recording for a community ripped apart by division and civil war.

While the Tuareg guitar genre is popularized by rock heavyweights like Tinariwen and Bombino, the origins of the genre are in simple acoustic arrangements. Created in the 1980s as political folk music, the first recordings were made on contraband cassette tapes. Distributed on underground networks, the music spread throughout the diaspora, planting the seeds of revolution and establishing the Tuareg guitar sound.

Recorded onto 8-track cassette tape in a basement studio in Portland, Oregon, “Akaline Kidal” is a call back to those early recordings. Captured in continuous single takes, the effect is unfiltered and raw. Like his predecessors, Ahmed Ag Kaedy imbues his songs with a pointed focus as he transmits a message home. Available on LP and cassette, accompanied by full song translations.

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released March 1, 2019

All songs written and composed by Ahmed Ag Kaedy
Recorded by Eric Crespo at Torch Toucher Recording
Tracked to Tascam 238 8-track cassette recorder April 2018
Mastering by Gus Elg at Sky Onion Mastering
Front photo by B. Conrad Lau / Back photo - Christopher Kirkley
Artwork by Christopher Kirkley
Liner notes and translations by Christopher Kirkley
Sahel Sounds 2019

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Amanar De Kidal Mali

Based in Kidal in the extreme Northeast of Mali, the heart of Azawad, Amanar plays a contemporary version of the classic Tuareg guitar. Often referred to as the “desert blues” sound, Amanar is at the forefront of the modern avant-garde interpretation.

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