Bas Noir were a dance pop duo that consisted of members Mary Ridley and Morie Bivins from New Jersey. The duo’s name means “black stockings.” (Why? I don’t know. Go figure.)

Mary and Morie teamed up with Rheji and Rhano Burrell (also known as music duo Burrell) who helped produce the duo’s first single, “My Love is Magic” which was released in 1989 on Nu Groove Records. The song managed to peak at #73 on the UK Singles chart in February of that same year. In the US, the song became moderately successful on the dance charts, becoming an underground club hit.

Bas Noir’s second single, “I’m Glad You Came to Me” did even better on the dance charts, peaking at #33 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Maxi Singles Sales chart which attracted the attention of Atlantic Records, who signed them to a record deal and later released their debut album.

In 1992, Bas Noir released their one and only album, “Ah…Bas Noir.” It’s unknown how or if the album charted on the Billboard album charts.  The first single from the album, “Superficial Love” was moderately successful on the dance charts. After the two follow-up singles, “Shoe-B-Doo” and “Addicted 2 Luv” failed to make any impact on the charts, Bas Noir was dropped from Atlantic Records.

In 1995, Mary and Morie reappeared on the music scene under the name “Native Sol” and released the single, “What’s My Name” a year later. After that, it seemed as if they’ve faded into obscurity.

In 2006, Mary provided vocals to the single, “Roots” under the name Mary “Luffa” Ridley. The song is featured on Seamus Haji’s “Sessions” album which was released in the UK. As for Morie, it’s unknown what she’s up to these days.

To see the music video for “Superficial Love,” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lqa8-c3qeMs

To see a fan-made video for “My Love is Magic,” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3AKxIwfGpQM

To see a fan-made video for “Shoe-B-Doo,” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GzEP4PrQHL0

To see a fan-made video for “Addicted 2 Luv,” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIy1ZR1FjXU

To see a fan-made video for “I’m Glad You Came to Me,” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fGN1k1QDAis

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