2023 reissue, 12″ compilation LP, Habibi Funk.
While visiting Morocco in 2012, Habibi Funk founder Jannis Sturtz wandered into a dusty electronics store in Casablanca. While there, he discovered a stash of previously unknown Moroccan funk records from the 1970s and early ’80s. The one that really pricked his interest came from a singer called Fadoul. Four years and countless trips to Morocco later, he’s finally ready to tell the story of a man who made “Arabic funk with a punk attitude”. Al Zman Saib, the first collection of this forgotten funk hero’s little-known career, is full of fuzzy, attitude-laden, lo-fi funk gems. As well as original material inspired by his American heroes, the compilation also contains his Arabic language covers of tracks by James Brown and Free. Like the rest of the material, both are deliciously loose, heavy and enthusiastically performed. – Juno