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At their base in Niamey, the capital of Niger, Tal National are at the confluence of a range of musical styles, from the Desert Blues of the north to the Manding guitar of the west.

They blend it all into a relentless blur of polyrhythms, part-Songhai, part-Touareg, part-Hausa: when this basic but atmospheric recording hits its groove, as on the circular riffing of ‘Zigda’, you can feel why their live performances last for five hours.

Tal National

Kaani

(Fat Cat)

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