A lush mix of traditional Nigerian music and rap. Originally released in 2009 on a limited CDR in their home country.
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 colours of our country.”
Self-describing their music as “tradi-moderne”, a Nigerian movement of folk revitalisation, their cultural manifesto presents through every aspect of their work. Each track relies heavily on traditional instruments, and each rhythm is based on a dance from Niger. Their mission extends to the urgency of their lyrics: Takai challenges the population to preserve their culture, Kagani Kagani is a demand to take back mineral, oil, and uranium rights from their colonisers, while Komando uses war cries to inspire artists to keep speaking out. A strong entry in 21st-century global music, Mamaki Boys “Patriote” takes back the tools of globalisation, repurposing them in the fight for cultural identity.
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Nominated 'Best Independent Retailer' at the Music Week Awards in 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020.
Nominated "Indie Champions" at the 2015 AIM Awards.