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About Saâda Bonaire

A one-of-a-kind mix of disco, dub, African, and Middle Eastern music, Saâda Bonaire was the brainchild of Bremen DJ Ralph "von" Richtoven. He formed the project in 1982 with vocalists Stephanie Lange and Claudia Hossfeld and musicians he discovered at a local immigration center. The group recorded its debut single, "You Could Be More as You Are," with producer Dennis Bovell -- famous for his work with Matumbi, Pop Group, and the Slits -- at Kraftwerk's Cologne studio. As it happened, Saâda Bonaire's first single was also their last: the band's label, EMI, pulled its support shortly after the single's 1984 release (possibly because Saâda Bonaire's A&R man spent triple his allowance on the group). Hossfeld left the group shortly afterward, but Richtoven and Lange continued Saâda Bonaire into the '90s, taking the project in an acid jazz direction with their final single "So Many Dreams." The group finally called it a day in 1995. "You Could Be More as You Are" achieved cult status, appearing on several dance compilations. As a part of their reissue series, Captured Tracks released that single and previously unreleased material as Saâda Bonaire in late 2013. ~ Heather Phares

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