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1980s Niger Space Synthesizers From Mamman Sani

Sahel Sounds' have just released Mamman Sani's new album Taaritt, a stellar collection of Nigerien synthesizer music from the late 1980's


Last time we checked in on our friends over at Sahel Sounds, they had just released Balani Show Super Hits and were the subjects of a forthcoming documentary focusing on the work of founder Chris Kirkley. This time around they've brought us Taaritt, a new album of blissed-out synths from Niger's Mamman Sani. Described as "a proposed relaxation guide, sonically lying somewhere between ambient library music and minimal wave", this stunning collection of never before released tunes was recorded in Niger and France between 1985 and 1988, and is the second offering from the Nigerien electric organ maestro on Sahel Sounds. The cover artwork by Maria Joan Dixon features a Tuareg alien spaceship hovering over the Agadez Grande Mosque  which speaks to the record's position as an interstellar vehicle that is meant to take us on a journey through sonic landscapes of the past, present and future with every listen. Stream Taaritt in full below and purchase either on vinyl or digital download.

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Falz’s ‘Squander’ Remix Will Get You Dancing In No Time

The single features Niniola and South African amapiano acts Kamo Mphela, Mpura and SayFar.

Nigerian award-winning rapper, songwriter, and actor Falz makes his debut into the South African music scene with a remix of his hit single "Squander" featuring South Africa's Kamo Mphela, Mpura, and SayFar alongside the Nigerian Afro-House queen Niniola, who was on the original.

Produced by Young Willis and SayFar, the single has an infectious energy that will get you dancing in no time. We didn't expect anything less from breakout vocalist Mpura whose single "Umsebenzi Wethu" is currently topping multiple streaming charts. Amapiano singer and choreographer Kamo Mphela, known for her striking dance moves and collaborations with prominent artists like Busiswa & DJ Maphorisa, also continues to solidify her name in the industry with this feature.

Falz's ability to create music that reflects on the realities of many Nigerians has made him one of Nigeria's boldest voices. This is, however, one of the first times we see him pique interest in collaborating with South African artists. "I love South Africa, I love the culture and the food. I am really excited about this remix with Kamo Mphela, Mpura & SayFar because it's a great blend of South African & Nigerian music."

While he is not in the studio producing hits, Falz is a judge in the third season of The Voice Nigeria. The other judges include Nigerian singer and vocalist Waje, Afropop singer Yemi Alade, and the creative director of Livesport360, Dare Art Alade.

"Squander" remix is now available on all streaming platforms.

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