MAMAKI BOYS: PATRIOT (2009) 2021 REISSUE LP
Title is spelled 'Patriote' on front sleeve, 'Patriot' on reverse. Originally self-released on CD in 2009, this LP reissue from 2021.
Mamaki Boys was formed in 2002 by Aziz Tony, Bachou Issouf, and Salif André, when a local Hip Hop movement was exploding in the capital of Niger. “Patriote” was recorded to address a trend in the scene they perceived as too derivative. Produced at Studio BAT, one of the first studios in Niamey, Mamaki Boys sought to merge modern Hip Hop with traditional music. They invited elder musicians into the studio to play Nigerien instruments like duma and kalango, which were sampled and looped over their compositions. “We wanted to put tradition in the rap, ancestral dances, the things that our grandparents did in the village,” Aziz explains. “Our mission was to re-value the culture, put it into Hip Hop, and to show all the colors of our country.”