★ Ahmedou Ahmed lowla ★ Rebel Up! Soundclash ★ Sahel Sounds ★
Synth freakout from the Sahara, Mauritanian WZN (literally “instrumental music”) has emerged as pop music, blaring out of taxi cabs and cassette shops throughout the country. Ahmed Lowla is one of the country’s biggest stars. Performing in lavish weddings of Nouakchott with a troupe of percussionists, Ahmed’s signature style is dynamic and ambitious, shredding over the keys with flourishes (like playing with his elbows and head!). Hypnotic and tranced out, Ahmed Lowla transports Mauritanian classical music into technological futures, like a drug-free baroque rave under the open air of the Sahara.
listen to the split album Top WZN from 2017 here – a full album of Ahmedou’s music will be released by Sahel Sounds in time of the tour: https://topwzn.bandcamp.com/album/top-wzn
Check out Ahmed shredding the keyboard on these breath-taking live videos: