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Clermont Music is an effort to support musicians from the Sahara Desert in Northern Mali by touring, recording and presenting their music to the World.

Al Bilali Soudan

Polyrhythmic synchronization and a traditional repertoire, mark the tour de force performance of Al Bilali Soudan.  This their first international release brings the verve of desert celebrations outside of Mali.  The group’s leader, Abellow Yattara, comes from a family of musicians and has been a playing the tehardent since the age of 10.  His group is made up of relatives who have known each other for their whole lives.  A tour de force of improvisation and spirit.

Al Bilali Soudan


Al Bilali Soudan’s relaxed performance is an improvisational tour de force of traditionally based rhythms and scales.  The group’s name is the ancient name of the city of Timbuktu.  The style is Tashigalt or simply Tehardent after the traditional stringed instrument of these forgeron musicians. The group’s leader, Abellow Yattara, hails from a well-known Tuareg forgeron family which has performed this music for generations. 


Genre: Tehardent, Takamba, Tashigalt, Tradtional Tuareg, Touareg, World

Tags: Takamba, Timbutktu, Tombouctou, Mali, Northern Mali, Tuareg, Azawad, Sahara Desert,  

Catalog # CLE 2012001CD available on CD and digital

Reviews and Links

”Inspiring Tehardent Tuareg Music from Mali.  With the increasing interest in Tuareg music, most of the focus in recent years has been in the modern acts … Now Clermont Music takes listeners to the more traditional side of Tuareg music with an album by Timbuktu band Al Bilali Soudan.”
Angelo Romero:

”Al Bilali Soudan is a record that slowly gets under your skin and you end up unwittingly lured to the self-executing, the stately, controlled movements of the takamba, flowing like the waters of the Niger.”
Francis de Souza


1 - Djaba - 6:20
2 - Tagnanine - 5:47
3 - Super Abellow - 8:58
4 - Al Bilali Soudan - 5:24
5 - Akadeija - 6:46
6 - Abar Niba - 6:59
7 - Moulaye Haidara - 3:26
8 - Babi Babi - 4:51
9 - Tartit - 4:25
10 - Abak Kabok - 3:53