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For Sahel artists, a lifeline in WhatsApp recordings

By AFP
17 December 2020   |   7:00 am
US-based record label "Sahel Sounds", which specialises in music from Africa's semi-arid Sahel, releases monthly EPs online which local artists record on mobile phones and send to Portland, Oregon over WhatsApp.

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