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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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Sarkodie Is Not Feeling Any Pressure

The elite Ghanaian rapper affirms his king status with this seventh studio album, No Pressure.

Sarkodie is one of the most successful African rappers of all time. With over ten years of industry presence under his belt, there's no question about his prowess or skin in the game. Not only is he a pioneer of African hip-hop, he's also the most decorated African rapper, having received over 100 awards from close to 200 nominations over the span of his career.

What else does Sarkodie have to prove? For someone who has reached and stayed at the pinnacle of hip-hop for more than a decade, he's done it all. But despite that, he's still embracing new growth. One can tell just by listening to his latest album, No Pressure, Sarkodie's seventh studio album, and the follow-up to 2019's Black Love which brought us some of the Ghanaian star's best music so far. King Sark may be as big as it gets, but the scope of his music is still evolving.

Sonically, No Pressure is predominantly hip-hop, with the first ten tracks offering different blends of rap topped off with a handful of afrobeats and, finally, being crowned at the end with a gospel hip-hop cut featuring Ghanaian singer MOG. As far as the features go, Sark is known for collaborating mostly with his African peers but this time around he branches out further to feature a number of guests from around the world. Wale, Vic Mensa, and Giggs, the crème de la crème of rap in America and the UK respectively all make appearances, as well as Nigeria's Oxlade, South Africa's Cassper Nyovest, and his fellow Ghanaian artists Darkovibes and Kwesi Arthur.

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