Les Filles de Illighadad (Níger)
Coming from the Sahel, an African region between the Sahara and the Sudanese Savannah, the Les Filles de Illighadad is a family project of Fatou Seide Ghali, supported live by her cousin Alamnou Akrouni and a third woman.
Six years ago, Fatou's brother brought a guitar home that Fatou learned to play self-taught. In a culture where traditionally the artistic and musical role of women is relegated to a purely familial level, Les Filles de Illighadad stand out with their guitars adaptation of a repertoire traditionally associated with the Tende (percussion instrument typical of the Tuareg culture).
The junction of these two worlds can be heard in their eponymous LP, edited in February 2016, via Sahel Sounds, an album recorded at Fatou's house, with a whole series of friends around her.