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Throughout the 24,000 kilometre expedition, we are recording sounds and voices from across Africa - from people and music to wildlife and soundscapes. You can subscribe to our podcast, browse all our sound recordings below, or listen to:

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Geotag Icon Python killing a chicken

audio, wildlife posted by on Sep 14th, 2009

Python killing a chickenWith apologies to any more sensitive folk who may find this distressing, here’s a python (kept in captivity) killing a chicken at Le Thiossane camp, where we also recorded the pig, hyenas and jackals. At the beginning of the recording, you’ll hear the chicken – which had just been thrown into the enclosure – clucking away, oblivious to the nearby python. We were amazed at how quickly the python struck, and how quickly it was all over for the chicken. The photo was taken around half an hour later.

Date and time recorded: 14:33 local time, 3rd September 2009
Location: Near Mbodiene, Senegal (view on map)
Equipment: Audio-Technica AT897 via FEL MicBooster MB-1 to Fostex FR2LE
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Geotag Icon Pig blowing bubbles

audio, wildlife posted by on Sep 11th, 2009

OK, so it’s not exactly Chris Watson‘s snoring cheetah, but we’re fond of this recording, and we’re filing it with our wildlife sounds for want of a better category. This sow – living at the same camp as the hyenas and jackals we recorded – was trying to get scraps of food from the bottom of her trough, and blowing bubbles to stop the water getting up her snout…

Date and time recorded: 11:07 local time, 30th August 2009
Location: Near Mbodiene, Senegal (view on map)
Equipment: Audio-Technica AT897 via FEL MicBooster MB-1 to Fostex FR2LE
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Geotag Icon Hyaena breakfast time

audio, wildlife posted by on Sep 11th, 2009

Bottle feeding a hyaenaThese two ten month old, orphaned spotted hyaena pups (reared in captivity) were still being bottle fed, partly – a task which both they and Alain (the Frenchman raising them) seemed to love. Here, you can hear Alain feeding them breakfast – four or five bottles of milk each, slurped down in record time.

Species: Crocuta crocuta
Common name: Spotted Hyaena (Hyena)
Date and time recorded: 09:28 local time, 31st August 2009
Location: Near Mbodiene, Senegal (view on map)
Equipment: Audio-Technica AT897 via FEL MicBooster MB-1 to Fostex FR2LE
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Geotag Icon Spotted hyaena contact call

audio, wildlife posted by on Sep 11th, 2009

Spotted hyenaAs well as three jackals, Alain is raising two orphaned spotted hyaenas, now ten months old, which he is also hoping to release into a reserve one day soon. Raised almost entirely in captivity and accustomed to interacting with humans, it was amazing how much this pair resembled pet dogs in their behaviour – although their vocalisations, especially this contact call, were unmistakably hyaena-like.

Species: Crocuta crocuta
Common name: Spotted Hyaena (Hyena)
Date and time recorded: 13:18 local time, 30th August 2009
Location: Near Mbodiene, Senegal (view on map)
Equipment: Audio-Technica AT897 via FEL MicBooster MB-1 to Fostex FR2LE
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Geotag Icon Jackals

audio, wildlife posted by on Sep 11th, 2009

These three jackals were hand reared by Frenchman Alain in Western Senegal after they were orphaned (he intends to release them into a reserve if/when possible). Their vocalisations were extremely diverse, including barking and the growling and spitting you’ll hear in this recording. They were especially vocal when the hyenas kept nearby started whining and when humans approached.

Date and time recorded: 17:23 local time, 30th August 2009
Location: Near Mbodiene, Senegal (view on map)
Equipment: Audio-Technica AT897 via FEL MicBooster MB-1 to Fostex FR2LE
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Geotag Icon Crab comes out of hole, sees microphone, dives back in again

audio, wildlife posted by on Sep 10th, 2009

CrabThere were thousands and thousands of crabs in the area around Mbodiene, Senegal – where we took our two week holiday from the bikes. Bex was sitting on a bank trying to record the sound of one crab digging and bubbling away in its hole when this one, a neighbouring crab, blithely popped its head out of its hole, noticed the huge, furry microphone and quickly dived back into safety again.

Date and time recorded: 12:54 local time, 30th August 2009
Location: Near Mbodiene, Senegal (view on map)
Equipment: Audio-Technica AT897 via FEL MicBooster MB-1 to Fostex FR2LE
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Geotag Icon Wildlife: Cricket

audio, wildlife posted by on Sep 10th, 2009

This is the first of several wildlife recordings we’ll be posting over the next few days from our two week stay with Alain and Alicia, at their camp (Le Thiossane, a wildlife paradise) next to a lagoon by Senegal’s Atlantic Coast. If you were near a cricket (or is it a cicada?) when it began chirruping, the noise was so loud it brought all conversation to a standstill.

Date and time recorded: 20:05 local time, 1st September 2009
Location: Near Mbodiene, Senegal (view on map)
Equipment: Audio-Technica AT897 via FEL MicBooster MB-1 to Fostex FR2LE
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Geotag Icon Soundscape: Rain in St Louis

audio, soundscapes posted by on Sep 10th, 2009

Boy in the rain, St Louis, SenegalThe rains in Senegal, West Africa, are a cause for celebration. In this downpour in St Louis, you can hear children playing. Around them, people were washing their clothes, scrubbing their goats and generally making the most of the rain.

Date and time recorded: 14:11 local time, 23rd August 2009
Location: St Louis, Senegal (view on map)
Equipment: Audio-Technica AT897 to Fostex FR2LE
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Geotag Icon Wildlife: Subdesert Toad

audio, wildlife posted by on Aug 13th, 2009

Bufo xerosWe’ve tentatively identified this toad as Bufo xeros, the Subdesert Toad. Our identification was visual and based on written descriptions of the toad’s call but, as always, we are happy to be corrected. These toads were numerous and very vocal through the night and in the early morning at Terjit Oasis in the Mauritanian Sahara.

Species: Bufo xeros
Common name: Subdesert Toad
Date and time recorded: 06:20 local time, 9th August 2009
Location: Terjit Oasis, Mauritania (view on map)
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Geotag Icon Mauritanian music

audio, music posted by on Aug 13th, 2009

DancingWhile we had Terjit Oasis to ourselves at night, during the daytime it thronged with visitors from around Mauritania, in Terjit to visit the oasis or for the date harvest. The day we were there, a Mauritanian woman and her daughters had hired a group of musicians “from the desert” to come and play. They set up under the date palms, powering the rickety soundsystem with a car battery borrowed from somebody in the village.

While one woman sang most songs, in this song (chosen from the three hours of recording we have) she took a rest and four young women sang. A man played a tidinit (a Moorish lute). Two other women played drums made out of oil drums and goatskins (t’bol) and a third played an upturned metal bowl with a pair of flip flops. When we asked if we could record and post this on the internet, they were delighted (as long as we took no photos of the musicians). Our question “Does your group have a name?” was met with a lot of laughter and a long discussion, after which they settled on a name that sounded like Stah. Although it’s generally agreed that this is an old folk song, everybody we’ve asked about this style of music has given us a different answer, so we’re keeping the title vague in the hope that someone more knowledgeable than us will be along soon with more details…

For more music and sound recordings from the Sahara, we highly recommend sahelsounds.

Date and time recorded: 16:30 local time, 9th August 2009
Location: Terjit Oasis, Mauritania (view on map)
Copyright: Stah / Listen to Africa
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