Sababa 5 – Sababa 5 (2022)

Sababa 5 - Sababa 5 (2022)
Artist: Sababa 5
Album: Sababa 5
Label: Batov Records
Year Of Release: 2022
Format: FLAC (tracks)
1. Banga 3:58
2. Malca 4:16
3. Lizarb 3:58
4. Showroom 180 4:41
5. Hadebil 5:25
6. Yurika Walks 4:05
7. Keyf 4:49
8. Kumkum 3 4:48


Guitar – Ilan Smilan
Bass – Amir Sadot
Drums – Raz Man
Keys – Eitan Drabkin
Percussion – Oded Aloni

Sababa 5 finally deliver their long-promised, and self-titled album of original instrumentals, built around the band’s distinct mix of Middle Eastern psych, funk and disco groove.

Sababa 5’s knack for intricate grooves and catchy melodies have led to a series of acclaimed singles, from fresh takes on classic melodies to vocal collaborations, championed by the BBC’s Gilles Peterson, Cerys Mathews, and Gideon Coe in the UK, and Radio Nova and FIP, in France, whilst they gradually found their own contemporary sound, creating original music together that could stand up on its own across a whole album.

Across these eight songs, the group blends the Afro disco, reggae, jazz, funk and a plethora of Middle Eastern traditions, whilst traveling time and space, drawing a musical, cultural and geographical line from Somalia to Iran, via Ethiopia, Sudan, Egypt and Turkey, from the late 70s & early 80s to today. Thus Sababa 5 create a unique psychedelic groove that builds on the approach that the likes of the Daptones have taken to working independently, writing, producing and recording original music, with their own modern take on 70s soul and funk.

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