|Mohamed Vall surrounded by his records at Saphir d'Or, Medina 3, Nouakchott|
Ibrahima has been for a couple of weeks in Nouakchott to try and find out who were the first Mauritanians that started Photographique studios in Nouakchott. documentation is scarse.
Most of the earlier photographers are gone and those surviving have left town or refuse to show their work if they're not being paid.
|Ibrahima Thiam at Saphir d'Or, Medina 3, Nouakchott|
Saphir d'Or opend in 1979 and is still going. What is now the only and perhaps was always the only music store in Mauritania. Records and tapes can be found most music dating from the 60's to the 80's. From all over the world, Flamenco guitar to Jimmy Hendrix, National Mauritania Orchestra or the houdou of Saidou Ba, Marvin Gueye or Abba.
There's a very god article written by Christopher kirkley from Sahelsounds (if you don't know the blog worth a visit) about the shop and Mohamed Vall in Brownbook with great photographs by Bechir Malum.