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Mamman Sani


Sahel Sounds
A newly remastered version of the obscure 1978 album by organist Mamman Sani is a chance to revisit a lost gem in West African electronic music. In Niger, Sani’s organ sounds blessed the airwaves for decades between spots on TV and elsewhere, but ‘Lamru’ demonstrates how his mix of ancient melodies with pioneering proto techno keyboard sounds was as deep as it was hooky, often resembling the likes of Martin Rev.