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Moulay Ahmed Elhassani
is a prolific Moroccan artist doing things his own way: Recording at home and playing every instrument! His fifty-plus albums released in Morocco feature original songs blending traditional and modern styles.
Hive Mind Records
released his first international album,
Atlas Electric ,
We hear Ahmed as part of WFMU's collaboration with the adventurous Tusk festival - usually held in Newcastle UK but this year online and on WFMU.
Above: A video clip of Ahmed warming up for his Tusk Festival performance (apologies, the aspect ratio is a little off). Here's more on Moulay Ahmed Elhassani (from https://tuskfestival.com/artists/moulay-ahmed-elhassani/):
Though he’s released over 50 albums on cassette in his home country of Morocco, Ahmed is barely known at all outside his home country. Running the show in true DIY style, he plays and records all parts of his music (with occasional guest vocalists) at home and releasing mostly through his own label Sawt El Hassani.
The sound he has created spans the generations, blending the folk music of the Amazigh (Berber) people with chaabi and rai and realizing the result with synths, autotune and psychedelic microtonal guitar playing. Its a baked and dreamy sound that he’s created, female vocals and reverb adding a seductive heat-haze shimmer.
Thanks to our friends at Hive Mind Records, Moulay Ahmed Elhassani is now finding a new audience outside Morocco and hopes to make his first appearances on the European festival circuit next year (would’ve been this year but, you know..). Hive Mind put together a collection of his standout recordings for the album Atlas Electric, which has been well received over here, especially at TUSK HQ. We’re excited to give him some more international exposure and we think you might just love his ancient/modern tales of love and loss too.
|Artist||Track||Album||Label||Year||Comments||New||Approx. start time|
|Habte Awalom||Addis Adrashashin||Single||Meddy Records||1985||0:00:00 (Pop‑up)|
|Mulatu Astatke and Black Jesus Experience||Ambassa Lemdi||To Know Without Knowing||Agogo||Black Jesus Experience is based in Melbourne, Australia||*||0:05:23 (Pop‑up)|
|Etenesh Girma||Ababile||Various Artists Ililta!: New Ethiopian Dance Music||Terp||2009||0:11:26 (Pop‑up)|
|Ozferti||Hagir Fikir (Love of the Country) feat Eténèsh Wassié||Solarius Gamma||Humpty Dumpty||*||0:16:38 (Pop‑up)|
|Zazou Bikaye||Nakangi||Mr. Manager||Crammed Discs||Reissue of 1985 EP with many tracks added||*||0:25:00 (Pop‑up)|
|Ekow Shallo & Samini||Laluu||Jay Q - Jama & Hiplife King||Akwaaba Music||*||0:28:33 (Pop‑up)|
|Kazuyuki Sekiguchi & Sazan All Stars||Minami Taiheyo Ondo (Caribbean Version)||World Hits!? of Southern All Stars||Victor Japan||0:33:40 (Pop‑up)|
|Minyo Crusaders & Frente Cumbiero||Mambonegro Daisakusen||Minyo Cumbiero: From Tokyo to Bogota||Mais Um Discos||*||0:37:00 (Pop‑up)|
|Various Artists: Los Viajeros Siderales||El Champanero||La Locura de Machuca 1975-1980||Analog Africa||*||0:40:49 (Pop‑up)|
|Manzanita y su Conjunto||Manzaneando||Manzaneando Con Manzanita||XM||New Reissue of 1974 LP from Peru||*||0:43:32 (Pop‑up)|
|Meridian Brothers||Cumbia de la Igalidad||Cumbia Siglo XXI||Les Disques Bongo Joe||*||0:51:22 (Pop‑up)|
|Bab L’Bluz||Africa||Nayda!||Real World||*||0:54:56 (Pop‑up)|
|Afel Bocoum||Avion||Lindé||World Circuit||*||1:00:36 (Pop‑up)|
|Moulay Ahmed el Hassani||Tusk Festival Performance||From his home in Beni Mellal, Morocco||*||1:09:15 (Pop‑up)|
|N to the Power||The God Particle||Autogenesis||Xenotone||*||2:15:18 (Pop‑up)|
|Santrofi||Kwaa Kwaa||Alewa||Out Here Records||*||2:19:41 (Pop‑up)|
|Claudio Veeraragoo||Qui Fine Arrivé||Various Artists: Moris Zekler: Fuzz & Soul Sega from '70s Mauritius||Born Bad Records||*||2:24:10 (Pop‑up)|
|Los Fantasios||Assez Pleure||Various Artists: Soul Sega Sa! Indian Ocean Segas From The 70s Vol. 2||Les Disques Bongo Joe||2:26:48 (Pop‑up)|
|Albet Bongu||Koseka Moniga Te||Various Artists: The World Is Shaking: Cubanismo From The Congo 1954-55||Honest Jon's Records ||2:30:47 (Pop‑up)|
|The Good Ones||Soccer (Summer 1988)||Single||*||2:33:16 (Pop‑up)|
|Memphis Minnie||When the Levee Breaks||Various Artist: Roots of Zeppelin||*||2:38:33 (Pop‑up)|
|Wu Fei & Abigail Washburn||Four Seasons||Wu Fei & Abigail Washburn||Smithsonian Folkways||2:41:41 (Pop‑up)|
|Coreyah||How Far You've Come||Clap & Applause||*||2:52:32 (Pop‑up)|
|Leenalchi||Crying Softshell Turtle||Sugungga||Zanpar||*||2:56:58 (Pop‑up)|