Just across from the twin towers of the Saudi Mosque, there is a market colloquially known as “hot point” or “cheb cheb” (Wolof for “thief”). On the streetside, young men huddle in groups, selling old battered cellphones from each hand, Nokia chargers trailing from pockets. Old men crouch in the shade of the market, stacks of rubber banded plastic cards with punch out SIM cards with the corresponding numbers scrawled in black felt marker….
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Chris Kirkley explores sound and music in West Africa, particularly in the sahel region of Mauritania, Senegal, Mali, and Niger. He blogs at sahelsounds.com