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Geotag Icon Soundscape: A thunderstorm in Bissau

audio, soundscapes posted by on Nov 2nd, 2009
Thunderstorm in Bissau. © Listen to Africa

Thunderstorm in Bissau. © Listen to Africa

A thunderstorm in Bissau, Guinea-Bissau’s slightly surreal capital city. The thunderstorm started quite suddenly but went on for two hours – and the rain has only just stopped, seven hours after it started. We left the sound recorder running under an awning in the courtyard of our hotel while we sheltered in our room drinking tea and coffee (it’s a hard life, this sound recording). Best listened to in stereo.

Date and time recorded: 15:17 local time, 2nd November 2009
Location: Bissau, Guinea-Bissau (view on map)
Equipment: Sennheiser MKH30/40 to Fostex FR2LE
Copyright: Listen to Africa
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  1. Good recordings of rain (which is always difficult to capture convincingly) and thunder always please me for some reason. It’s very easy to close your eyes and feel immersed in the rain outside

  2. That’s beautiful. I’m going to loop it and stick it on my ipod for when I can’t get to sleep.

  3. Just wonderful. When those thunderstorm started (and that happens frequently quite suddenly) I literally danced in the rain, when it cached me out. Or, I just seated outside on the porch, complete silence, in contemplation. This is the sound I miss the most. Could you experience the smell of the earth?

  4. Thanks so much all. Maria, I have been known to dance in the rain in Africa too… During this rainstorm, we didn’t get so much of the smell of the earth but when we’ve been in less built-up areas during a storm, absolutely – and very powerfully. Thank you so much for sharing your memories.

  5. HELLLOOOO oh my days I just got back onto the puter to see how you are both doing. Those sound scapes are wonderful. Oh and the chatting. It’s great to hear you both talking to other people and , well chatting. By the way the marker for this sound puts you just north of Florida. Bloody big storm you had there! I hope you are well and the camp stove is going strong. How do you keep the coffee supplies up? love Chris

  6. Great photos, especially the sunset over Laayounee and full moon/Sahara, also the Rain in St. Louis, Senegal, showing that happiness can be felt even in poverty – that boy´s captivating smile reminds us of that! It is an utopia, but it would be dreamy if the well-fixed in life could help little guys like that…

    Have been working hard this week, but will listen to the recordings as soon as I have a chance – I anticipate it is going to be wonderful, as usual.


    Maria Helena

  7. Chris, oops, will work on that map marker! Keeping up the coffee supplies – luckily there are huge tins of the stuff in most shops in West Africa, so we now have a pannier dedicated to all things coffee. (No sleeping bags, but plenty of coffee…)

    Maria Helena, thank you again for your comment – I hope you haven’t been working too hard!


  8. This is a nice recording. Thunderstorms don”t usually last this long in my part of the world. Are they common in Africa?

  9. Sounds awsome!!.. I’d like to use as an intro for Garth Brooks song”The Thunder Rolls”… It would be Great!!

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