Mammane Sani et son Orgue – La Musique Electronique du Niger
Already out since may 2013 via Sahel Sounds, but just right now I got hold of one of the quite rare vinyl copies of this originally 1978 cassette reissue, first time on vinyl.
Sahel Sounds now printed another 1000 copies, after the first 500 were sold out quickly.)
Just two words: Essential and hypnotic.
“Mammane Sani Abdullaye is a legendary name amongst Niger’s avant garde. A pioneer of early West African electronic music, for over 30 years his instrumentals have filled the airwaves. The instrumental background drones of radio broadcasts and instrumental segue ways of TV intermissions borrow heavily from his repertoire. The dreamy organ instrumentals drift by sans comment, yet are known to all.
Mammane first found the organ in 1974.
Mammane’s composes in technique that can only be called minimal, relying on the simplicity and space. It is a remarkable manipulation of sound that uses the silence to invoke the emptiness – a metaphoric desert soundscape. Unsurprisingly, his source material is folkloric Nigerien music, and many of the compositions on this record are reproductions of ancient songs brought into the modern age. Interpreting this rich and varied history of Niger’s dance and song for the first time in contemporary musics, Mammane electrifies the nomadic drum of the tende, the polyphonic ballads of the Woddaabe, and the pastoral hymns of the Sahelian herders. Accompany this repertoire are a few compositions, such as Salamatu, the deeply personal love letter to an unrequited romance.
His first and only album was recorded in 1978. Mammane stepped into the studio of the National Radio with his organ, where it was transposed and overdubbed in two takes. In coordination with the Minister of Culture, the album was released in a limited series of cassettes showcasing modern Niger music. The cassette project unfortunately did not progress as planned, and merely a handful were released. Today his cassettes are rare objects, highly sought by fine art connoisseurs and experimental music collectors in Niamey.”
The Books – “Music For A French Elevator And Other Oddities”
Another essential “false” reissue, though only originally released as cd-r for an art project and as a part of the A Dot In Time Box available, the amazing 1 minue dadaistic – tracks made their way through the blogs. I played some of the amazing musique concrete tracks like “fralité”, “egaberte” or liernite” and at the goldmund festival here ans here
and asked at the cncert 2 years ago in berlin volksbühne the band, if there will be a reissue of this cd at that time they denied Et voilá: I am amazed, temporary residence did it though I was not the only one to ask I guess….
45 elevator Tracks, combined with b – sides, soundscores and collaborations.
“it´s muuusic!” (the books)
“While supplies last, we are offering this very special limited-edition vinyl-only double album, Music For A French Elevator And Other Oddities. Originally available as a part of the hugely acclaimed, super-deluxe A Dot In Time. box set, Music For A French Elevator compiles all of the Books’ non-album tracks into one fittingly surreal package befitting the group who essentially created their own genre (often reluctantly described as “collage-pop”). A total of 45 tracks are here, including standouts and longtime favorites “Classy Penguin,” “8 Frame,” and their sublime Nick Drake cover “Cello Song Feat. Jose Gonzales.” Along with their commissioned pieces for the 1% art and sound installation in the Ministry of Culture in Paris, France, the collection includes the Books’ unreleased film score for the feature-length Biosphere 2 documentary, a stellar collection of counterpoint electroacoustic explorations that emanate the kind of wry charm and wit that became a staple of the Books’ music. Packaged in an impeccably designed die-cut jacket w/ metallic inks, this collection proves that even the Books’ non-album material is worthy of emphatic celebration and adoration.”