WBEZ | Northwestern Africa http://www.wbez.org/tags/northwestern-africa Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Global Notes: Comp captures rawness of rarely heard Mauritanian guitar virtuosos http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-07-27/global-notes-comp-captures-rawness-rarely-heard-mauritanian-guitar-virtu <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-July/2011-07-27/wallahilezein300.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Mauritania, a large but sparsely populated country in northwestern Africa, has a rich musical tradition but virtually no formal music industry. That means no commercial radio stations. No record labels. No music clubs. Only one studio exists in the entire country.</p><p>Instead of pursuing recording careers, most musicians do what they’ve done for centuries: perform for people in public gatherings.</p><p>A new compilation of Mauritanian guitar music released by Latitude Records, an imprint of Chicago indie label <a href="http://www.locustmusic.com/" target="_blank">Locust Music</a>, captures some of these raw live performances, rarely heard outside the Maghreb. It’s called <em>Wallahi le Zein!! Wezin, Jankwar and Guitar Boogie from the Islamic Republic of Mauritania</em>. Jerome and <a href="http://www.wbez.org/radio-m" target="_self"><em>Radio M</em></a> host Tony Sarabia talk to the album's curator, Matthew Lavoie, a former host of the Voice of America program <em><a href="http://www.voanews.com/english/programs/radio/65209317.html" target="_blank">Music Time in Africa</a>.</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Track List</strong></p><p>1. Baba ould Hembara – "El Shams w'al Qamar"</p><p>2. Kebrou – "Banjey 'Boogie'"</p><p>3. Jeich ould Chighaly – "Wezin"</p><p>4. Kweli ould Seyyid &amp; Kleyhid ould Meylid – "Gav"</p><p>5. Baba ould Hembara – "il Leyla"</p><p>6. Kweli ould Seyyid &amp; Klayhid ould Meylid – "Wezin"</p></p> Wed, 27 Jul 2011 16:31:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-07-27/global-notes-comp-captures-rawness-rarely-heard-mauritanian-guitar-virtu