Our goal is to raise funds in order to record and promote local Nigerien music and culture. This project is the next step in a collaboration between Chicago based recording engineer Jamie Carter and Nigerien musician Hamadal Moumine Issoufou. The project entails Carter flying to Niamey to record Hamadal’s band Tal National and three other local acts. This project is set to take place over three weeks between October-December 2010.
In 2008, Hamadal met Jamie when he performed in Chicago during the Third Annual Chicago Calling Arts Festival. Having determined that it was cheaper to fly an engineer to Niamey than for Tal National to travel to the nearest capable recording studio (located in Ghana), he offered to bring Carter to Niamey.Tal National’s A-na Waya was recorded in December of 2008 over three days in a dusty, dilapidated studio in Niamey, then mixed and mastered back at Carterco Recording in Chicago. The album helped Tal National gain a larger following in Niger and helped further their development as a band. The ultimate goal for the band is to keep increasing in popularity, cumulating in a tour of the US.
With our help Jamie can return to Niger and record multiple albums, mix and master the recordings in Chicago, then ship the final product back to Niger for distribution. Tal National is ready to keep their momentum going and other local acts are eager to start down a similar path. Our modest fund raising goal of $1,200.00 will be implemented to support Jamie’s time living in Niamey, as well as rudimentary costs such as, equipment rental, transportation, and final shipping costs of distribution-ready materials. Residual fund raising income will be spent musical necessities such as guitar strings, drum heads, drum sticks, and cables. Carter and the band themselves are covering all other expenses including travel and duplication. $1,200 is the amount needed to make this project happen, but the more we go past that goal the more music from Niamey will be recorded and introduced to the rest of the world.
With extensive experience in mobile recording and with one recording-based trip to Niger already under his belt; Jamie Carter strives to expose the often overlooked music and culture of Niger and help the musicians further their careers. In order to do so, Jamie must return back to Niger and share his expertise with the musicians of Niamey. This project is the first steps to his journey please help if you can.
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