some damn fine music from Mauritania
February 4, 2015 7:20 PM   Subscribe

Have you heard Noura Mint Seymali? She's a singer from Mauritania, and neither she nor her band pull any punches. Just fire up "Eguetmar", the first track on her album Tzenni, and dig that gritty, undulating electric guitar: Mauritanian through and through, but reminiscent of the blues and/or psychedelic stylings of the 60s, in just the right way. Then there's the beats: drumming so funky and syncopated, but in such a languidly relaxed way, that it harkens back to the way Ziggy Modeliste worked his drum magic with New Orleans funk legends the Meters. And, of course, Noura's voice: a bold, soaring and self-assured force of nature: stunning. Not to mention her masterful playing of the ardine, a 9-string Mauritanian harp providing delicate, spindly showers of notes that shimmer like droplets on a spider web. Please enjoy: Tzenni.
posted by flapjax at midnite (28 comments total) 65 users marked this as a favorite
 
I was utterly delighted to discover the music of Noura Mint Seymali recently, but unsurprised to learn that Noura is the daughter of Dimi Mint Abba, a singer whose music I fell in love with several years back. Unfortunately, Dimi is no longer with us (she died in 2011), but her daughter is taking the powerful Mauritanian tradition she inherited from her mother and moving it forward in an absolutely fantastic way.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 7:23 PM on February 4, 2015 [2 favorites]


Absafbuatastic music!
posted by Katjusa Roquette at 7:44 PM on February 4, 2015


Hot damn this is good.

To paraphrase Snoop Dogg: "Lay back in the cut like she told yo ass, Giver the microphone and let her hit ya with a blast"
posted by mannequito at 7:50 PM on February 4, 2015


Nice to see African musicians starting to learn the blues and a bit of funky drumming. You're welcome, Africa!

seriously though this is one hell of an album, thanks for the heads up
posted by uosuaq at 7:51 PM on February 4, 2015 [1 favorite]


Wow. The teaser SLYT is a good intro at least with moving pictures of the instruments.
posted by njohnson23 at 8:11 PM on February 4, 2015 [1 favorite]


I'm literally only a minute in and goddamn.
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 8:23 PM on February 4, 2015 [3 favorites]


Killer! A real find. Much appreciated.
posted by oluckyman at 8:30 PM on February 4, 2015


Blown away by the very first track on "Tzenni". Thanks for this, flapjax!
posted by Songdog at 8:53 PM on February 4, 2015


This is fucking good.

I just wanted to drop in and share a link to the live performance on WFMU where I first heard her (big shout out to Rob Weisberg and Transpacific Sound Paradise, who/which has hipped me to so much great music it's not even funny), and also to mention that the album is actually on Spotify. If you listen to it there, the sound quality is much better and also she/her record company will get paid for the streaming. It's fractions of pennies of course, but still.
posted by Mothlight at 8:53 PM on February 4, 2015 [4 favorites]


Wow. It just keeps getting better. I feel like my brain is infinitely circling in on itself.
posted by downtohisturtles at 9:19 PM on February 4, 2015


Yeah, jaw-dropping.
posted by Joseph Gurl at 9:24 PM on February 4, 2015


Holy shit this is good.
posted by slogger at 9:26 PM on February 4, 2015


oh my god this is good.

anyone who likes this should also check out Group Doueh. Who are from Western Sahara, a disputed region just north of Mauritania.

this is really excellent. so happy to learn about it.
posted by Conrad-Casserole at 9:30 PM on February 4, 2015 [1 favorite]


strong, just truly strong . . .
posted by pt68 at 9:53 PM on February 4, 2015


Damn, this got the ol’ music bone going. Hits the spot!
Thanks Flapjax.
posted by quazichimp at 10:34 PM on February 4, 2015


Awesome! Went straight to emusic to download. For those with subscriptions, the album is available there to download for $4.90.
posted by yasaman at 10:51 PM on February 4, 2015 [1 favorite]


Tzenni was included on the NPR Songs We Love 2014 playlist, which I highly recommend to anyone who has not yet given it a spin.
posted by Svejk at 1:02 AM on February 5, 2015 [1 favorite]


anyone who likes this should also check out Group Doueh . Who are from Western Sahara, a disputed region just north of Mauritania.

Indeed, they were previouslyed, if only just. Group Inerane kicks ass in a similar vein. Can't get enough of that fuzz-toned desert guitar!

Oh and yeah, this here, this is f'in great. Thanks again, as always, flapjax!
posted by hap_hazard at 2:02 AM on February 5, 2015 [2 favorites]


This is nothing short of amazing, and makes my day a much better thing already. Can't wait to buy this, go home, open all the windows, put it on and do a bit of cleaning. While dancing around the place in transports of delight. Many thanks.
posted by El Brendano at 2:32 AM on February 5, 2015


i've been observing/lurking/learning on metafilter for years and rarely feel the need to add my two cents to the conversation. i'm content to listen and y'all are doing such a great job already. in the case of this post i feel compelled to express my gratitude for such an amazing musical introduction. arigato flapjax.
posted by kinfish at 3:27 AM on February 5, 2015 [1 favorite]


It so happens I have ! :o
I heard a cut on Arfropop Worldwide a month or so ago, and actually stopped the car to write down the name, and then searched on line to find a source. I ordered the CD from an outfit in Germany called Glitterhouse ( fabulous catalog,well worth a look). have listened to it about 20 times. Cheers!
posted by Abinadab at 5:10 AM on February 5, 2015


This is astonishing! Thank you so much for posting this!
posted by Multicellular Exothermic at 5:59 AM on February 5, 2015


It's really gratifying to read these enthusiastic comments, y'all: makes me really happy I could turn you on to something new. Thanks for taking the time to pop in and say so!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 6:12 AM on February 5, 2015 [3 favorites]


Slow day at work. That woke everyone up!
posted by Mr. Yuck at 8:25 AM on February 5, 2015


Holy shit, thanks for this, flapjax!
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 8:39 AM on February 5, 2015


I listen to RIT radio (WITR 89.7 Henrietta NY) while I'm working and they've been spinning the title track of this album a lot lately. I love it. Reminds me a lot of Selda Bagcan.
posted by capricorn at 10:33 AM on February 5, 2015


Mate, this one is a real winner. Thanks! Total gas.
posted by Wolof at 11:04 PM on February 5, 2015


Yeah, really something. Thanks!
posted by eggtooth at 10:10 PM on February 10, 2015


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