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The Arabic Funk Of Fadoul, “Morocco’s Answer To James Brown,” Finally Released

'Al Zman Saib' is a collection of 8 songs from 1970s Moroccan funk artist Fadoul and his three piece band.

Al Zman Saib album cover.


The late Fadoul and his accompanying three piece band played energetic & aggressive funk songs in 1970s Casablanca. After a stint in Paris spent soaking up the music of James Brown and other American funk groups, Fadoul returned to Morocco to release records under Fadaul et les Privileges and other monikers.

Al Zman Saib is a collection of 8 songs put together by Jakarta Records & Habibi Funk RecordsJannis Stürtz after finding Fadoul’s cover of “Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag” in a hole-in-the-wall Casablanca electronics shop. It took Stürtz, who describes Fadoul as “Morocco’s answer to James Brown,” three years to find the singer's family in order to secure the songs and permission to release this record.

“I kept on traveling to Morocco trying to find info about the artist, which did not end up being fruitful during the first couple of trips,” Stürtz mentions. “What kept me going was the fact that over the course of the next years I kept on finding different records by Fadoul… they all had [a] raw sound aesthetic… energetic performances, a mighty voice and a very lively atmosphere that was preserved in the recordings.”

“[In 2014] Another trip to Morocco, countless taxi rides, and numerous phone calls and street conversations later we were standing in front of the house of Fadoul’s family in central Casablanca. We ended up meeting one of his sisters who shared beautiful stories with us about her brother’s life. A creative spirit who painted, played theatre and eventually ended up dedicating most of his energy to music.”

Stream Fadoul’s Al Zman Saib below, available for purchase now from Habibi Funk Records.

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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

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