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Orchestre National De Mauritanie

Orchestre National De Mauritanie


Salvaging Mauritania's first modern musical group, including never-before-released material. Formed in the 1960s, led by singer Hadrami Ould Meidah, the Orchestre set out to make specifically Mauritanian music, hypnotically combining folk instrumentation with swinging brass, funky flute and wah wah guitars a strongly flavoured, melancholic highlife, full of soul and idealism, all the more precious and bittersweet for the country's terrible intervening toll of military dictatorship, religious psychosis, and racism to the bone.