Ahmedou Ahmed Lowla plays instrumental electronic
keyboard in a style known in Mauritania as WZN, or in
Arabic simply "music." Born into a musical family tradition
(his father is a renowned tidnit player from Traza), today
Ahmedou Ahmed Lowla is one of Mauritania's most
premiere keyboard performers. Soundtracking lavish
weddings in the countries capital, Ahmedou has earned a
reputation for his evocative theatrics, accentuating notes
with by playing with his elbows, or tapping the keyboard
with his head.
Terrouzi presents a future vision of Mauritania WZN.
Indulging the digital keyboard for all its plastic sounds,
accompanied with the thump and clash of programmed
electronic drums, Ahmedou's style is difficult to place.
Ancient classics are transformed into baroque freakouts,
with a flurry of shredding over microtonal pitch bending
notes in the signature WZN style.
Not content to rest solely in tradition, Ahmedou
leans heavily into outernational pop music, creating
anachronistic pieces that veer from 90s slow jam R&B, to
bass heavy boom bap and minimal trap. A standout entry
in synth music from the Sahara.