Wallahi Le Zein! LP

Wallahi Le Zein! LP

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Originally released as a double CD in 2010, Wallahi Le Zein! has persisted as a cult classic, a collection of a rarely heard and utterly unique underground music scene, raw and unfiltered.

The LP, cassette & digital version we now present is intended as an immersive entry into this music: gnarled and virtuosic electric guitars weave hypnotically throughout melismatic sung poetry and exclamations, pulsing hand drums, party chatter, buzzing rigged desert sound systems, and all manner of the ambient sounds of Nouakchott wedded to oversaturated cassette in all its swirling, breathing, psychedelic glory. Operating entirely outside of any local recording industry, these songs were collected from bootleg tape stalls, wedding souveniers, and networks of musicians, expertly curated, researched and produced by Matthew Lavoie.

Drawing from the deep well of Mauritanian classical music, the gamut of musical modes and the tidinitt lute repertoire are transposed to the electric guitar - often with frets removed or additional frets installed, “heavy metal” distortion pedals and phasers built into guitar bodies, blurring the lines between Haratine and Beydane musical cultures, the ancient and the futuristic. At times transcendent and transfixing, and conversely a furious and cascading intensity that commands jaw-dropping attention.

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released June 18, 2021

CREDITS:

Compiled by Matthew Lavoie
Originally released by Latitude Disc / Locust Music in 2010
LP, cassette & digital versions released by Mississippi Records in 2021
Produced by Matthew Lavoie, Cyrus Moussavi and Gordon Ashworth

Remastered by Timothy Stollenwerk at Stereophonic Sound
Design by Gordon Ashworth
LP Cover Production by Dan Fried