Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Azna De L'Ader - Zabaya



I have always been a huge fan of Afro-rock sounds especially as the season of summer approaches. Portland-based label Sahel Sounds, shows off archived recordings from Niger's most famous unknown band, Azna De L'Ader.  The latest release contains some of the most raw and real afro marinated psych-rock I have heard to date. These are some of the group's only recordings left and first physical release.

Heavily influenced by Western style rock, Azna De L'ader was at the forefront of being the first generation of modern music in their remote region of Niger. Fusing authentic West-African time signatures and harnessing their upbeat drums in a psychedelic manner, they weren't afraid to harmonize two different worlds of music and make them work as one. Listen to what I mean below and watch a live performance of the group rocking to, 'Zabaya', in what looks like a sold out show.

The LP is available now on 12" and digital via Sahel Sounds bandcamp.




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Previously :: Music From Saharan Cellphones Vol.2

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