Here’s a true gem. It is the traditional music (isswat) of the Adrar D’Ifoghas in Northern Mali (and broader Sahara region), and the soul of it is brought to us in the voice of the lovely Fadimoutou Wallet Inamoud. This is her debut recording, a local production from 2008.
Isswat is the music of the night – it’s when the young people sneak off, meet up and make sweet music. The music of is characterized by the sigadah, the low humming of the men, which provides a bass, and the woman who will sing the melody.
It’s also an opportunity for the youth to meet and flirt, and in the periphery of the performance, it often happens that the young boys and girls whisper to one another. Playing and singing takes them to another level – the rhythms and hand claps punctuate the meditative hypnosis.
Enjoy the music of isswat through the music of Fadimoutou Wallet Inamoud.