Alhousseini Anivolla and Guy Buttery
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Alhousseini Anivolla and Guy Buttery

Niamey, Niamey, Niger | MAJOR

Niamey, Niamey, Niger | MAJOR
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"Moved by Guy´s musical language"

“I am moved by Guy Buttery's musical language and journey: this musician from South Africa is painting a framework, transforming his roots and the richness of his mixed culture into an inspired language that has become very personal and yet universal. This is touching, refreshing and amazing to witness." - Guitar Player Magazine

"his music has a subtle grace and power all of its own"

Rolling Stone Magazine

“… his music has a subtle grace and power all of its own. Though his technical prowess is also bewildering, Buttery immerses himself entirely into the soul of his guitar, coaxing sonic shapes and forms of such startling originality that his instrument acts as a kind of lightning conductor for the sound of another realm.” - Rolling Stone magazine

"Guy Buttery"

“Unorthodox twenty-something Guy Buttery throws down the gauntlet with an album of incredible versatility and imagination. There are times when it sounds as if there’s a seven-piece band backing Guy Buttery, so complex and rich is the sound, but it’s just him and his acoustic guitar exploring myriad textures and rhythms with an ingenious imagination and scant regard for music industry rules. It’s the kind of album that reveals something new at every turn, the kind of album that never gets old or outstays its welcome.” - JHB live

"Aug 2009"

"In a country with a vast dearth of fingerstyle guitarists, Guy Buttery does my heart fiercely proud. He is part of the next wave of young guitar players who stands out head and shoulders above the rest. With music at once uncompromising yet intensely passionate and articulate Guy is on a major guitar roll - may it roll long and wide!" - Tony Cox

"Aug 20th 2009"

"Guy Buttery is the prodigiously gifted talent behind "When I Grow Up...” an instrumental journey with Buttery and his guitar through the emotional hinterlands of KwaZulu-Natal. The title of the album is both ironic and sweetly appropriate. Buttery is a mere 18 years old, yet the content of the album suggests a mind and a talent, decades older." - Independent on saturday

"Afropop:Alhousseini Anivolla: Niger Desert Blues Goes Solo"

Posted by Saxon Baird, August 7, 2012

Looks like Niger has done it again. A new track from Niger-born desert blues guitar player Alhousseini Anivolla has hit the web and it’s excellent. Known as the singer and guitarist in Etran Finatawa, Anivolla is prepping the release of a forthcoming solo album Anewal/The Walking Man via Riverboat Records on August 13th. The song titled “Imoussanan” is a sprawling, energetic track clocking in well over the five-plus minute. A cyclical groove hits and Anivolla locks in with his exceptional guitar chops resulting in an ecstatic, hypnotic state of classic Niger desert Tuareg blues. Anivolla has also recently released a video for the song “Imadanan Id’Madiaka” which discusses common disputes between farmers and nomadic shepherds over land in Niger, an issue causing divisions that are fracturing society. In the track, Alhousseini urges the groups to work together towards peace in hopes of advancing the Niger economy.
- Afropop

"Album: Alhousseini Anivolla, Anewal/The Walking Man (Riverboat Records)"

Sunday 12 August 2012
The Tuareg desert rock (not blues, as some have it) of Tinariwen and Etran Finatawa becomes a retrospective affair on this debut by the latter's guitarist.
The production is so microscopic that you can sometimes hear the click of plectrum on strings as much as the notes themselves. Not to mention the subtle rattle of a shaker suggesting a hubbub of Saharan insect life. Cross-legged on the ground rather than crutch-thrusting rock, but no less effective for it.
- The Independent UK

"Alhousseini Anivolla: Anewal / The Walking Man"

“Aficianados of the burgeoning desert blues scene owe it to themselves to listen to this fine record, as do fans of guitar playing, followers of trends in world music or music lovers in general. This is a terrific album that deserves a wide audience.” (pop matters Aug 30th 2012) - Pop Matters

"Energetic Desert Blues from Alhousseini Anivolla of Etran Finatawa"

“It’s got everything that fans of this stuff have been devouring ever since desert blues went global: hypnotic two-chord jams, trance-inducing beats, biting blues-infused guitar and in Anivolla’s case, warmly laid-back vocals sung in his local vernacular. Anivolla is an incisive and remarkably subtle guitarist, varying his attack on the strings, adding minute levels of natural distortion, his incisive, blues-infused phrases ringing out over long, swaying vamps. By the slowly unwinding standards of this music, the opening track, Immousan – a message to the elders to pass along their wisdom to the young generation – is remarkably catchy, briskly swaying and spiced with spiky hammer-on guitar phrases.” (New York Music Daily; Aug 2012) - New York Music Daily

"Evoking their desert home in a song"

(...) They now face the erosion of their old age cultures and the desertification of their lands.(...) Most of Etran Finatawa´s songs revolve around Alhousseini Mohamed Anivolla´s repeating guitar lines:not chords, but picked, syncopated notes and trills. - New York Times


Alhousseini Anivolla
4 CD with Etran Finatawa (on Riverboat UK)
"Introducing" (2006)
"Desert Crossroads" (2008)
"Tarkat Tajje" (2010)
"Sahara Sessions" (2013)

"Anewal" solo album (2012) (Riverboat UK)

Guy Buttery
Guy's debut album, When I Grow Up..., was nominated for Best Instrumental Album of the Year and Best Newcomer for 2002 at the South African Music Awards as well as being the youngest nominee in the history of the event. In 2003, the South African Rock Digest nominated When I Grow Up... as one of the top albums of the year. Guy's 2nd release, Songs from the Cane Fields, was also nominated forBest Instrumental Album in 2006 at the South African Music Awards.
Guy's 3rd album Fox Hill Lane went onto to win a South African Music Award in 2010 in the Best Instrumental category as well as winning two other major National awards including The Standard Bank Golden Ovation Award chosen out of 4600 performers at the 2010 National Arts festival in Grahamstown.



Alhousseini Mohamed Anivolla is lead guitarist and singer of the famous desert blues band Etran Finatawa. Since 2004 constantly touring around the world, Alhousseini has been sucessfully performing so far in 44 countries all around the globe. 4 internationally claimed CDs with Etran Finatawa and a highly acclaimed solo debut album in 2012.
During all these years Alhousseini had plenty of occasions to meet with famous musicians from around the world. He jammed with Chicha Libre from L.A., Colin Bass UK, The Dhol drummers, Eric Triton (Mauritius), Guy Buttery and Steve Newman South Africa, Andrew Bird (USA) and Malebo Mothema (South Africa).
A sucessful solo debut in 2012 inspired him to create the Saharan Indian Ocean Tour in May 2013 in South Africa with his friend Guy Buttery. Two friends, two famous african guitar players. They met first time in 2009 for the Guitafrik project in Mauritius and never lost contact.
Anivollas music is characterized by: hypnotic two-chord jams, trance-inducing beats, biting blues-infused guitar and his warmly laid-back vocals sung in his local vernacular. His incisive and remarkably subtle guitar playing, varying his attack on the strings, adding minute levels of natural distortion, his incisive, blues-infused phrases ringing out over long, swaying vamps.
It meets in this particular fusion he with the 28 years old South african guitarist Guy Buttery: A unique brand of neo-pastoral indie-folk viscerally connected to the soil from which it sprang. Buttery is already approaching something approximating world renown with the past year having included increasingly high-profile live shows across Africa, Europe, America and Australia and media touchstones such as Guitar Magazine proclaiming him one of the finest fingerstyle guitarists of his generation.

A very promising fusion, two rooted african guitarist who come together and let their rooted energy create something new, improvised and never heard before.

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