More adventures in the world of the electronic music of Africa and the African diaspora.
We start with a beautiful mbira piece from the late Chiwoniso Maraire, then moving into electronic encounters with the mbira, Bugandan and Malawian drumming, London Lingala grime, and as often happens a track or two from Hakuna Kulala - a label that is an old favourite of this show, and from Blanc Manioc, a label that is a new favourite of this show.
Broadcast on Dublin Digital Radio at 7pm on March 31st 2019
|Jacob Mafuleni & Gary Gritness||Mayarira||04:30|
|Midnight Ravers||Yamariyo (Slikback remix)||26:12|
|Don Zilla||From The Cave||40:27|
|Kalabanx||Shell Shock (Feat. Bony)||49:39|
|Bala Bala Boyz||Baza Ba Skivere||53:37|
We start with a very beautiful piece from Chiwoniso Maraire - the last things she recorded before her death, aged only 37. This is a Thomas Mapfumo song, here done in a stripped down arrangement accompanied by Jacob Mafuleni, another mbira player. The delicacy of this arrangement and the quality of the recording make this a really outstanding example of Shona mbira music. The daughter of the great Dumisani Maraire she was a very well know musician in Zimbabwe and died suddenly of pneumonia only 3 years ago.
The mbira has in recent years proved to be pretty adaptable - it is by nature percussive and the ragged edge to its sound fits well with the organic feel of analogue synths or with guitar distortion. Two of the other tunes showcase this - the first is from an album called Batanidzo that Jacob Mafuleni did with the French producer Gary Gritness. The second is a take on Konono No 1's Lufala Ndonga by Darren Keen from an EP he did on Polish Juke records.
Polish Juke are well worth checking out - Surly has been played on this show before and there is a load more stuff there that looks like it may get played in the future - they have a unique take on footwork, juke and 80's Polish jazz that sometimes just baffles me but sometimes really works - like, for example, this.
Also featured are a clutch of tunes from the French label Blanc Manioc - tunes by Slikback, Midnight Ravers and Blanc Manioc. A new discovery, this label has a lot in common with Hakuna Kulala (who have put out two great EP's by Slikback). Hakuna Kulala feature this week with an absolute belter from in-house producer Don Zilla.
Other stuff worth listening to:
The almighty Tzusing has done a podcast for Dekmantel, as always it's a belter. Tzusing's music feels very close in spirit to a lot of the hard-hitting African tunes. Plus there's a nice tribute to Keith Flynn.
High quality downloadable version of this weeks Kollaps:Kollaps 31-03-19