On September 29th 2013, Noura Mint Seymali — a leading female vocalist and ardine player from Mauritania — came to VOA to record a session with me on Music Time in Africa. Noura was on tour in the U.S. promoting her latest CD Azawan II, a cutting edge, traditional electro-fusion style of Mauritanian music.
This is my favorite track on the new CD.
When Noura came into the studio in September, she presented as a duo with husband guitarist Jeiche Ould Chighaly. The duo arrangement was the ideal environment for Noura and Jeiche to play their core traditional sound.
Enjoy this Music Time in Africa session with Noura as they perform three songs, chat about their instruments, love, and musical heritage, and take one more step in the direction of their mission to make Mauritanian music international.
Special thanks to Matthew Tinari for interpreting this interview.