Mamman Sani (NER)

Label: Sahel Sounds

Period: Festivals/special events 2019 - please enquire


Mamman Sani Abdoulaye popularly known as Mammman Sani is an Electronic musician from Niger. As a young man, Mammane became a functionary for UNESCO, during which he traveled to Japan and Europe. During one of the UNESCO meetings, a delegate from Rwanda had brought along his Italian “Orlo” organ.

Mamman was captivated by the sound of the instrument and drawing from this inspiration he began to compose songs on the organ. Many of his songs were interpretations of Niger folkloric classics. His first and only album was recorded in 1978.

Now in his 60s, Mamman spends his time between his house in Niamey and a recording studio in Ghana, where he aims to produce dozens of albums. In 2016, he was one of the artists who played at the second edition of the Nyege Nyege festival in Uganda.

The albums are viewed as outstanding relics of art for arts sake in the face of adversities and detachment, characteristics not found anywhere else among music of it's ilk. Mamman still performs today, though his live appearances are far less common since circa 2013 when Mamman appeared at Le Guess Who festival, and toured widely.



"There’s magic in the languid way the tunes unfurl like desert flowers. Their surface simplicity is underpinned by a beautifully melodic undertow that draws you in unbidden. It’s deeply contemplative music. The pensive mood never wavers. The listener is a passenger on a journey to previously hidden realms." - Irish Times

"We’ve been listening to this album over and over in the house. Minimally arranged, hypnotic synthesizer melodies over simple machine beats, recorded in Niger in the ’80s. Strangely uplifting and good for the soul." - Moon Duo

"...featuring soft-soaked ideas, full fledged cosmic-space-is-the-place kind of vibes, and sojourns of crumpled yet expansive confinement ranges." - Tiny Mix Tapes

"this is some of the most enchanting drone and ambience I’ve ever heard. It may have been made a couple of years before Juan Atkins started experimenting with the term, but this is still, to my ears, true to the spirit of techno – it’s electronic, it’s shot through with soul, and it’s captivated by the desire to build a bridge between what has come before and what could possibly be. If nothing else, it’s beautiful. Just image you rocked up to a Saharan Kasbah in 1981 to discover a guy on the organ playing these jams? My brain can’t cope with the amazing." - The Ransom Note

Live @ Le Guess Who festival 2013

Live @ Plus Près De Toi 2018

Live @ Le Guess Who festival 2013

Mail: andrew[at] (UK, EU)