Each week the CMJ staff sifts through thousands of radio playlists that contribute to our weekly charts. In the Chart Discovery column, we highlight exciting artists, albums and songs brought to our attention by the charts of our reporting panel of college and non-commercial radio stations. This week’s favorites come from WXYC Chapel Hill and KDHX in St. Louis.

Mammane Sani Et Son Orgue on KDHX

Long-established organist Mammane Sanni Abdoulaye released his signular album and haunting vibratos in 1978 in his home country of Niger. His organ takes the lead and all other distractions are eliminated. And now, 35 years later, Sahel Sounds has given it a state-side rerelease; it gladly came to CMJ via KDHX’s Jazz Chart this week.


WXYC is no stranger to Chart Discovery, and when the always-forward-looking station charted A Vierge Jemaise/Virgin Forever by minimalistic singer-songwriter Teaadora, I was immediately taken by the ghostly nature of the serenely echoing vocals.