A good collector friend recommended this record to me today, and everyone must hear it. Noura Mint Seymali is the daughter of Mauritania’s cherished Seymali Ould Ahmed Vall, and is one in a long line of griots/jeli, a caste dating back to the Mali Empire who function/ed a variety of scholarly and musical functions in the North-West African societies. Along with preserving epic and history through their hereditary music training, they at times served as political advisers. Her father composed the country’s national anthem and developed a system of notation for their traditional music. Noura learned from her grandmother how to play a 9-stringed harp called the ardine, reserved for women.
Her 2014 record is a collection of beautifully-weaved, spinning desert psychedelia, her ardine mingling with her husband’s fuzz-tinged guitar and guitar-like instruments. If you liked Bombino or Tinariwen's latest stuff, this might be even better.