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Lost recordings that defined the modern sound of the Sahara.
This album contains the first recordings of modern music from the Sahara
and mark the birth of the genre that is known in the West as ‘Desert
Blues’ or ‘Desert Rock’. Ahl Nana changed the folk music of the Sahara
to modern, cosmopolitan music by using Western instruments like the
electric guitar. They paved the way for artists like Ali Farka Touré,
Tinariwen, Mdou Moctar or Bombino. Although the group is still active
today, they only recorded 2 LPs and a handful of singles. All these
recordings took place in 1971 at the Boussiphone studios in Casablanca.
The records were never distributed and therefore remained unknown for
almost 50 years, until Radio Martiko discovered a batch of unsold
factory stock a few years ago. On this album, you will find a selection
of these revolutionary recordings.
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*SEALED* Jacket still sealed in shrink original wrap; disc sold ungraded or "as is."
NM (Near Mint) Appears unplayed and will bear no marks, sleeve scuffs, or scratches.
EX+ (Excellent) May have one or two visible imperfections (i.e. sleeve scuffs, faint scratches, or other superficial marks) that will not affect playback.
VG+ (Very Good+) A few visible imperfections. These may include sleeve scuffs, light scratches, or other superficial marks.
VG (Very Good) Similar imperfections found on VG+ records but in slightly greater numbers. Records graded VG and above will typically not have any scratches that are deep enough to be felt with a fingernail.
VG- (Very Good-) A number of visible imperfections; the presence of a considerable number of light scratches will force a VG- grade, as will the presence of significant isolated defects such as scratches deep enough to be felt with a fingernail.
G (Good) Record can be played without skipping, but will have significant surface noise, scratches, and visible groove wear. G+ and G- are used to indicate stronger and weaker copies within this range.
*SW/DNAP* Slight warp, does not affect playback
*QUAD* Quadraphonic Sound, similar to today’s surround sound
All records are visually graded by our experienced staff, using a bright lamp and an Audio-Technica ATLP-120 turntable.