Noura Mint Seymali Makes Mauritanian Music International

Posted November 19th, 2013 at 4:24 pm (UTC-4)
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Noura Azawan IIOn 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.

Noura with the ardine and me

Noura with the ardine and me

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Jeiche Ould Chighaly and Noura Mint Seymali

Matthew Tinari (left), Noura Mint Seymali, Heather Maxwell, Jeiche Ould Chighaly (right)

Matthew Tinari (left), Noura Mint Seymali, Heather Maxwell, Jeiche Ould Chighaly (right)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Heather Maxwell
Heather Maxwell produces and hosts the award winning radio program "Music Time in Africa" and is the African Music Editor for the Voice of America. Heather is an ethnomusicologist with a Ph.D. from Indiana University specializing in African Music. She is also an accomplished jazz and Afrojazz/Afrosoul vocalist and has been working, researching, and performing in Africa and the U.S. since 1987.

5 Responses to “Noura Mint Seymali Makes Mauritanian Music International”

  1. Nadia says:

    Thank you so much, Heather, it is a treasure, I love this music, meditative.
    Warm regards from Germany
    Nadia

  2. bgelhaj says:

    I must find & buy her cd. its a collectors item! love frm Nigeria.

  3. Ralph J says:

    Great stuff. I would love to o to Mauritania. But I guess tonight it can come to me. Best Wishes.

    • Heather Maxwell Heather Maxwell says:

      Hi Ralph. You are right. And if you are in the D.C. area, they are returning for a concert at Tropicalia on January 4th!

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Heather Maxwell produces and hosts the award-winning radio program “Music Time in Africa” and is the African Music Editor for the Voice of America. Heather is an ethnomusicologist with Doctorate and Master’s degrees from Indiana University specializing in African Music. She is also an accomplished jazz and Afrojazz/Afrosoul vocalist and has been working, researching, and performing in Africa and the U.S. since 1987.

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