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Siftorde

by Tidiane Thiam

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  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    Full-length LP of Tidiane Thiam's solo album of instrumentals from Fouta Toro.

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Djatasoun 03:23
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Nenamev 02:22
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Dannibe 03:47
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Douga 02:49
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Minuit 04:21
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Yeery-Mayo 04:20

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Dreamy instrumental acoustic folk guitar from Fouta Toro in Northern Senegal. Fingerpicked acoustic guitar with intricate syncopation, a technique inspired by the four-string hoddu, with melodies that go back centuries, from the Almoravid dynasty to the Mali Empire. In contrast to the familiar desert blues, Siftorde highlights a very distinct and underrepresented style of Sahelian guitar.

Guitarist, photographer, visual artist, and folklorist Tidiane Thiam hails from Podor, a small riverside town in the far North of Senegal. A self-taught musician who learned guitar from late-night radio broadcasts, Tidiane is a veritable encyclopedia of Sahel folklore. Borrowing from this repertoire, he adapts his own technique of fingerstyle guitar, crafting serene pieces imbued with emotive reflection.

Recorded at night on a single microphone at home in Podor, and set against the backdrop of crickets, the recordings on Siftorde are stripped down and informal, without any pretense of a studio recording. The effect is deeply personal and intimate. The album’s title, translated by Tidiane in four languages, means ‘Remember’ - a nostalgic ode to the temporality of the recording, and a plea for the songs themselves, whose survival demands they not be forgotten.

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released May 15, 2020

Recorded in Podor, Senegal Nov 2014
All tracks performed by Tidiane Thiam
Recorded by Christopher Kirkley and Karen Antunes
Mastering by Timothy Stollenwerk
Photo by Karen Antunes
Cover Art by Christopher Kirkley

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Tidiane Thiam Podor, Senegal

Guitarist, photographer, visual artist, and folklorist Tidiane Thiam hails from Podor, a small riverside town in the far North of Senegal.

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