1/ Sois Plus Radical (Sapho) 5.31 2/ Je t'avoue (Sapho) 4.33 3/ Laouah (Traditional) 3.02 4/ Sahla 1+2 (Sapho,Jabbar) 5.05 5/ Petit Demon (Sapho) 5.01 6/ Ya Habib (Traditional,Sapho,Jabbar) 3.21 7/ Ce Spectacle (Sapho,Jabbar) 4.46 8/ Dabayji (Traditional) 5.34 9/ Endi Ou Hida (Traditional,Sapho,Jabbar) 5.01 10/ Shalini (Traditional,Sapho,Jabbar) 3.59 11/ Titiha (Traditional) 4.23 12/ Amventy (Traditional) 2.27 Recorded at Bouaza, Casablanca with Kador and at Secret Laboratory, Basel with Fido K. Additional recordings on tracks 1,3,5,8 at Greenpoint, Brooklyn with Rob Musso Produced and mixed by Fido K. & Pat Jabbar. Tracks 1,3,5,8 produced and mixed by Bill Laswell Track 2 produced and mixed by Bombax & Pat Jabbar Mastered by Glenn Miller, Greenwood, CHSapho: vocals, keyboards; Bill Laswell (1,3,5,8): bass, loops, effects; Zahera & Hallilifa: vocals, bendir, tarija; Cheb Qchatar: guitar, bouzouki; Jalal Hamdaoui: keyboards, darbukka; Nouffel H.: oud; Aziz Heditan: violin; Fido K.: programming; Bombax (2,5): programming; Pat Jabbar: programming, keyboards.
1998 - Barbarity (Switzerland), BARBARITY 008 (CD)
With "Digital Sheikha" Sapho gets closer to her Moroccan roots and background, where Bill Laswell introduces his subtle basslines, intercultural fusion understanding and imaginative mixing on four deep tracks!" -- (Barraka Promotional Data).
And Sapho is just that, exciting, devout, and brings out the essence of the Islamic sounds on this release. With an electro-disco beat, and the very much so Moroccan influencs, Sapho brings out an intensely indigenous blend of fast paced tempos, vocals, themes and melodies of exotic middle eastern based compositions. One can only wonder if Sapho might be strongly considered to be one of those more radical subversive's in her native lands? Does this release actually get air-play there?? It doesn't seem that a country as strongly set in the Islamic Ways would want a female singing her songs from a cd titled: Digital Whore! Sapho must be a pretty gutsy gal to be taking ancient Islamic traditions, singing and infusing them into modern-day electronic music. Excellent release for those of you who enjoy the more traditional yet modern "digital" sounds stemming from Islam. Sapho's voice is very good, quite diverse, and ranges from near operatic to traditional Islamic in terms of quality. There are a great deal of diverse sounds on this release that include traditional middle eastern cries, drums, wavy calls to the religious ones, clicks, chants, bass, electronic injections, strings, winds and many more. The musicians, their sounds and instruments involved in this release, include the following fine artists: [referenced above - Dave]
Kim Alexander (courtesy of the Last Sigh website)