Music For Saharan Cellphones Vol.2 crowdfunding LP release

DJ Almera (centre) and DJ Negge (R) soundcheck before a Balani Show, photograph by Christopher Kirkley

Christopher Kirkley is crowdfunding the vinyl release of a second volume of Music From Saharan Cellphones. As with the first volume, all the tracks were collected from the memory cards of mobile phones in and around the Sahara. Rewards run from a digital, cassette and SD card release, through to a cellphone from West Africa loaded with MP3s (for $100), or a DJ set by Kirkley (for upwards of $500).

Kirkley says: "It's similar in style to the first LP, lots of DIY home produced West African jams, autotuned Tuareg guitar and local Malian rap."

Music From Saharan Cellphones Vol.1 was released on a series of cassettes in 2010 (later released on vinyl), and this second volume is expected around November, if the funding target is met. At time of writing Kirkley had raised just over $2,500 of his target of $4,000, with 22 days on the clock. As per usual with Kickstarter, if he doesn't make his target he receives none of the pledged funding. Listen to Tuareg guitarist Mdou Moctar's "Anar" from the forthcoming compilation below.

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