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Electrified sessions of takamba, the ghostly drone from Northern Mali. Staccato calabash percussion carry shredding traditional guitar. Improvised praise for Yehia the holy man by masters Super Onze, recorded in the early 90s. Distortion and fuzz from pickups and tape hiss reveal the soundscape of the Northern dusty villages - where takamba blares from radios, boomboxes, and old cassette tapes.


released November 12, 2013

Yahia Mballa Samaké
Douma Maïga

Alioum Salou Yattara
Mohamed Kara Samaké

Cover Art: Charlotte Louise Wilson-Kolp

Management: Two Speakers

Limited edition vinyl of 500 available from Sahel Sounds.


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Super Onze, The Takamba champions of the Niger bend. Gao, Mali

Justin Adams (UK) on Super 11

“At the first Festival of the Desert in 2000/2001 there were many musical revelations- Tinariwen’s trajectory has been well documented- but another very different group had a huge impact on me: Super Onze de Gao just played one rhythm, but what a rhythm ! Devastating and unlike anything I’ve heard. ... more

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