Boomkat Product Review:
Treasure trove of gorgeous, lilting space ballads from early ‘80s Sahara, bubbling with the same sort of Francis Bebey-meets-Sun Ra promise as Mamman Sani’s earlier pair of cult collections for Mississippi and Sahel Sounds.
Casting back to Sani’s earliest experiments with electronic music, these never-before-heard recordings document his nascent fusions of ancient tradition with futurist sound at its fluffiest and rawest circa his first album, including one track with a short-lived trio and even a cover of an American folk ballad.
The balmy beauty ‘Five Hundred Miles’ weirdly sounds like a pre-echo of some Julee Cruise melody that got carried away on hot tradewinds from Niger to North West Pacific, and ‘Arman Doley’ cranks out a proper bluesy sort of synth-bop, while he comes off like Hailu Mergia in the snake-charming melodies of ‘Zaybanakoy’ and the swaying elegance of ‘Gosi’, but the best jam is saved for the heavy soul downstroke of ‘Samari Da Yan Matan’. Fans of owt from Techno Menses to Sun Ra, Francis Bebey and Hailu Mergia need this in their life!