songs about the unity of sudan, peace between muslims and christians and the fate of war orphans, backed by grooves equally taking influence from arabic sounds, american funk as well as neighboring ethiopia. kamal keila was among the first artist we met in sudan during our two trips to khartoum and omdurman last year. he is one of the key figures of the sudanese jazz scene that was a vital part of the musical culture in sudan from the mid 1960s until the islamist revolution in the late 1980s. when we meet kamal he luckily presented us with two mold covered studio reels. each tape included five tracks. one with english lyrics and another with arabic ones. musically you can hear the influence of neighboring ethiopia much more than on other sudanese recordings of the time, as well as references to fela and american funk and soul. his lyrics, at least when he sings in english which gave him more freedom from censorship, are very political. a brave statement in the political climate of sudan of the last decades, preaching for the unity of sudan, peace between muslims and christians and singing the blues about the fate of war orphans called shmasha. a note inside one of the boxes specified the track titles, durations and the fact that the sessions were recorded on the 12th of august 1992. both sessions stand as a hearable testament how kamal keila stuck to a sound aesthetic from decades ago, while incorporating current events into his lyrics. kamal keilas album is the first in a series of releases covering the sudanese jazz scene on habibi funk. be on the lookout for albums by the scorpions and sharhabeel coming soon.
unreleased early algerian synth electronic by ahmed malek, compiled and co-produced by flako. in the early 1980s, ahmed malek was already in his 50s, when he discovered synthesizers and electronic music for himself and started to experiment with sounds. the result was a mixture of ambient synth music, field recordings he made in cuba and a wide variation of different sound experiments that he also presented as different avanguarde music festivals in cuba and the us. none of it was ever released but we got a huge box of master tapes from his family and we re happy to present this different side of ahmed malek s music. it was compiled and co-produced by flako, a fan of early electronic and synth music. this is not a remix album though, flako s aim was to create an album out of 2 hours of material that sounds like it might have if mr. malek would have finished it himself before of his death. fully approved and licensed from the artists family. the album comes with an informative booklet with liner notes, an interview with flako regarding his approach towards the production and unseen photos. we will also release a third album by ahmed malek which will be more in the vein again of the music he is known for and this album will also be previously unreleased.
8 tracks of raw arabic funk music, none of these have ever been reissued before. so far fadoul (or fadaul, or faddoul, the transcribtion of his name to latin letters differs)& his music had not been rediscovered, as a matter of fact most of those songs still left no trace whatsoever in the world wide web. it took us 2 years and countless trips to morocco to find the artists family to license the release from them. vinyl and cd edition come with liner notes, unseen live photos and lyrics translations.
carthago wurde in den späten 1970er jahren als eine fusion von dalton und einer zweiten band namens marhaba band gegründet. beide bands spielten häufig in hotels und nachtclubs in tunis und sousse. musikalisch wandelte carthago auf dem musikalischen pfad von dalton und marhaba weiter, nahm jedoch disco-musik-einflüsse auf, die damals aus europa und nordamerika auch nach nordafrika durchdrangen. die ep enthält neben den raren originalen auch die unveröffentlichten instrumentals und erscheint mit einem 8-seitigen booklet sowie mp3-download-coupon.
dalton war eine tunesische band. gegründet in den frühen 70ern, waren sie teil einer neuen musikszene in tunis, welche sich sowohl aus westlichen wie auch aus regionalen einflüssen speiste. alech war das einzige release der gruppe und wurde 1972 in italien aufgenommen und als privatpressung veröffentlicht. die wiederveröffentlichung ist von der band lizensiert und die erste platte auf dem neuen jakarta sub-label habibi funk, welches sich auf veröffentlichungen aus der arabischen welt fokussieren wird.