Kawuku Sound unites the UK’s Cervo and Contours with Uganda’s underground music scene

The Banana Hill collective will release a scintillating body of music in October after a tour of Uganda – it follows UK producers, Cervo and Contours, securing Arts Council funding last year to undertake a recording project in the capital Kampala.
Banana Hill began as a party in Sheffield, before becoming a label and expanding to clubs all over. With this release the label shows it is becoming even more creative and diverse, as well as showcasing fresh talent.

Chris Knight, aka Cervo, explains the project: “We worked with local percussion troupe Fonkodelis Arkestra as well as traditional instrumentalists, and the outcome of this project is an 8-track album that will be released under the name Kawuku Sound. This process was facilitated by label & festival owners Nyege Nyege at their studio space called Boutiq Studios.

“The music was written and recorded in this shared residency space, home to musicians and visual artists from all over East Africa and beyond, and a hub for Kampala’s underground electronic music scene. Boutiq Studio’s DIY mentality provided the perfect environment for experimentation, allowing the fusion of these disparate sounds. Kawuku Sound is a reflection of this, merging the hypnotic and trance-inducing percussion of Buganda drumming with elements of contemporary electronics and traditional instrumentation.”

The album artwork is a special commission from Nuwa Wamala Nnyanzi, who runs the Nnyanzi Art Studio in Kampala.

Kawuka Sound will be the third release for Banana Hill and will be out on October 8th. It is an extremely accomplished and forward thinking album and follows one of the stand out dance releases of 2017 – the Cervo re-edits of Majid Bekkas on the African Gnaoua Blues 12″ – Banana Hill’s first record.

The latest World Treasures Music radio show features three tracks from this release in the first quarter of the show:

Tracklist

The Last Poets – Understand What Black Is (Mala Instrumental Remix)

Jackson Almond – Open Your Head

Kawuku Sound – Ggaba Road x Jinja To Kampala

Kawuku Sound – Youth ft Spyda MC

Kawuku Sound – Buganda Dub

Aura (Spiritual Emanation) – She Can Turn You On

Aura (Spiritual Emanation) – Ayamaho

A.K. (Ngahiwi Apanui) – He Whakapapa

Charly Boy – 1990

Ras Enoch – Jah’s Rock

Ramzi – Fly Timoun

Loidis – A Parade

DWART – Taipei Disco

Secret Circuit – Stomping Ground

Secret Circuit – Crazy Wayz

Planet Battagon – Moon of Dysnomia

BKO – Dirty Donso

LAPS – Who Me?

LAPS – Ode To Daughter

Roger Melt – Mone La

Amral’s Trinidad Cavalier Orchestra – 90 Percent Of Me Is You

Tohru Aizawa Quartet – Philosopher’s Stone

Il Guardiano Del Faro – Finale

Rainbow Generator – City Of The Sun

Il Guardiano Del Faro – Lady Moon

Il Guardiano Del Faro – Sinfonia Al Sole Che Nasce

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