Saphire d'Or (Record store in Nouakchott, Mauritania)

Saphire d'Or

Nouakchott, Mauritania

Address: Nouakchott, Mauritania

Introduction: Ahmed Vall operates a small record store in Nouakchott, Mauritania. It’s called the “Saphire D’Or”, but there’s no sign, and the name isn’t displayed anywhere — save the records themselves, a faded stamp amidst the mold eaten, dusty stacks. A pair of double metal doors exit the blinding, exhaust choked streets of the capital, the taxis and foot traffic, the blaring horns, for the cavernous dark shop. Records line the walls, faded jackets, a collectors treasure – ancient Senegalese Salsa bands from Dakar, ephemeral Malan Kora, fuzzy guitar Mauritanian 7″s. This is old music, but in the Saphire D’Or, the grooves speak not of rarity or obscurity, but of nostalgia and youth.

Sells: Records


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Saphire d'Or, Nouakchott, Mauritania
Saphire d'Or, Nouakchott, Mauritania