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Saâda Bonaire – S.T.

Saâda Bonaire
S.T.
Label: Captured Tracks
Catalog Number: CT-181
Released: 2013, 80's
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Prior to this Captured Tracks compilation, copies of Saâda Bonaire’s first and only single “You Could Be More As You Are” fetched a fortune, and their other songs from 1982 and 1985 had remained unreleased, collecting dust. Saâda Bonaire was the brainchild of Bremen DJ Ralph “von” Richtoven, who had a vision for an anomalous amorphous pop-art project fusing Eastern and Western music, with no real band members, just a rotating cast of musicians. Richtoven formed the project in 1982, with his then love interest Stefanie Lange, and her friend Claudia Hossfeld on vocals, neither of whom had singing experience – just a mutual love of fashion and poetry as demonstrated by their feminist storytelling lyrics and bold if not controversial aesthetic in Saâda Bonaire press/album photos. They recorded their first and only single on EMI with British reggae producer Dennis Bovell (Matumbi, Slits, Pop Group) in Kraftwerk’s Cologne studios. Richtoven infused the track with exotic flare by convening Kurdish folk musicians he met at a local immigration community center. Likely because of how over budget production went, EMI dropped the act, and they disappeared into obscurity save for niche scenes like clubs in Greece. Now Saâda Bonaire are back on the map, charming new audiences and dance crowds. The sound is truly one-of-a-kind, combining disco, dub, funk, and pop styles with various ethnic influences, enticing grooves, danceable elation, and sultry, husky vocals.

– Lauren Fay Levy

Recommended – A1 You Could Be More As You Are, D3 Your Touch, B1 More Women, C2 Shut The Door

Tags: Compilation / Dance / Disco / Dub / Ethnic
Tracklist:

A1 You Could Be More As You Are
A2 Invitation
A3 Little Sister
B1 More Women
B2 I Am So Curious
B3 Second Face
C1 Heart Over Head
C2 Shut The Door
C3 The Facts
C4 Give Me A Call
D1 Wake Up City
D2 Joanna
D3 Your Touch

Credits:

Written By, Lead Vocals – Claudia Hossfeld, Stephanie Lange
Arranged By – Saâda Bonaire
Backing Vocals – Can Sibel, Claudia Hossfeld, Dennis Bovell, Stephanie Lange
Baglama [Saz] – Cemal Kocas, Zekai Ipek
Bass – Frank “Opa” Ullrich*
Drums, Percussion – Dennis Bovell, Richard Stevens*, Rüdiger “Isaac” Grünwald, Seskin Kaya
Guitar – Dennis Bovell, Pierre Pouget
Horns – Andreas Proff, Charly Mariano, Ekrem Özüag, Hans Kämper, Peter Tangermann
Keyboards, Synthesizer – Andreas Proff, Andreas Stock, Dennis Bovell, Volker Kahrs
Additional Lyrics By – Paul Lindsay
Producer, Engineer, Written-By – Ralph “von” Richthoven
Producer, Engineer – Dennis Bovell
Engineer – Friedrich Thein, Günther Kasper
Artwork, Design [Original] – CCCP
Layout, Design [Additional] – Ryan McCardle

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