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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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How You Can Help Nigeria’s #EndSARS Protests

We round up some ways you can support the movement and its cause, no matter where you are in the world.

Widespread protests against Nigeria's notorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) are becoming more of a revolution. The movement is an outcry from youths demanding a general reform of the country, majorly characterized by poor governance, with a focus on the harassment and assaults committed by SARS. The movement has been raging through the city of Lagos for the past three weeks, as protesters home and abroad have taken to the streets in masses to express their keen dissatisfaction.

Hashtags like #EndSARS, #EndPoliceBrutality, and #EndBadGovernanceInNigeria have brandished across all social media platforms to amplify the voices of the youth people fighting back. These hashtags have, in turn, gained traction with the help of celebrities like singers Rihanna, Demi Lovato, and Beyoncé, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, and many others. Nigerian stars, Falz, Runtown, Tiwa Savage, Davido, Wizkid, Burna Boy, and many more also joined in the movement, as many of them took to the streets with placards.

To date, the peacefully protesting Nigerians' needs have not been met. With said needs not being satisfied as they demand justice for lives lost due to the brutal and corrupt practices of police officers.

We have rounded up some ways you can support this movement and its cause, no matter where you are in the world.

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