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Tiris

by El Wali

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  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    Includes digital pre-order of Tiris. You get 1 track now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.
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  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    Digipack CD version of Tiris

    Includes digital pre-order of Tiris. You get 1 track now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.
    digital album releases November 8, 2019
    item ships out on or around October 10, 2019
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  • Streaming + Download

    Pre-order of Tiris. You get 1 track now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.
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    releases November 8, 2019

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  • "Long Live the Sahrawi Army" (Polisario on the Music from Saharan Cellphones cassette), presented here as a limited lathe cut of 25, hand stamped and numbered! Limit one per customer please!
    shipping out on or around October 10, 2019
    edition of 25  5 remaining
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      $25 USD or more 

     

1.
10 of May
2.
The People of Laayoune
3.
20 of May
4.
5.
Song for the Prophet
6.
Youth of the Nation
7.
Let Me Know Our Past
8.
Brave People
9.
The Day of the Free Nation
10.
I Sing for the Country
11.
Dreams and Nostalgia
12.
Charm and Beauty
13.
Sing for the Nation Day

about

An amazing and rare studio recording of 1990s Polisario music! The album is a standout example of the Sahrawi political folk style that mixes traditional modes with Western scales and instrumentation. response vocals, The repertoire of El Wali is fiery and inspirational, a call to arms - with national anthems, celebrations of political anniversaries, and religious pleas for peace, with call and response duets, backed with a synthesizer, programmed drums, and electric guitar.

Nomadic inhabitants of Western Sahara, the Sahrawi movement for liberation began in the 1970s and has continued until today. Sahrawi political folk music dates back to the origins and has played an integral role in the struggle, with political anthems creating a national identity. One of the first Saharan music to incorporate the electric guitar, the style was hugely influential on the better know Tuareg guitar genre. The later addition of synthesizer and programmed rhythms further transformed the sound, becoming a foundation of Sahrawi music.

Recorded in Belgium in 1994 while on tour, this version of El Wali performed a style reflecting the popular music of the refugee camps. “Tiris” is a refreshing production with none of the typical World Music polish of the 90s. This evidently led to its unsuccessful release in the West. Originally released only in as a small run CD for OXFAM Belgium, the CD quickly disappeared and is impossible to find. In West Africa, however, it became a viral success and the defining representative Sahrawi music. In 2012 a track was released on “Music from Saharan Cellphones Vol 2” and only after an arduous search over 8 years (leading through Spain to the Canary Islands to Tindouf and eventually to Belgium) the artists, the studio, and the original recording were tracked down. A co-release with Badawi Archives, the first Sahrawi run record label led by dj/producer Bedouin Sahrawi.

credits

releases November 8, 2019

Vocals:
Salma Mohamed-Saiid (Shueyta)
Fattata Baali
Bendir Ahmed Salem

Music:
Tidnit - Mohamed Salek
Guitar - Ali Mohamed
Tbal - Fattata - Shoyta
Bass - Hama Hasan
Keyboard - Baba Yuli
Drums - Rais Mustafa Mehdi

Recorded and Mixed at StudioSWAN, Heist op den Berg
Recording Engineer: Pierre Jonckheer
In cooperation with OXFAM Belgique & Caravane des échanges culturels, Paris
Artistic Director: Mael Aïnine Ould Nema (C.E.C.)
Design and translation: Mael Aïnine Ould Nema (C.E.C.)
Art: José Mangano
Photos: Vrienden van het Sahraoui-volk
Production: Hilt Teuwen

Mastered for vinyl by Timothy Stollenwerk
Reissued from Sahel Sounds and Badawi Sahrawi Archives

Thanks to Hilt Teuwen, Pierre Jonckheer, Violeta Ruano

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