Big tip on this one – Afro Bass Vol. 1 will be released on November 23rd by the Beating Heart label and is a rich journey through a variety of vintage recordings from 1950s Tanzania, with an electronic twist for the dancefloor – these are essential bits of Afro-house.
The fresh interpretations come from five artists creating from Scotland through to Finland, via London. This EP is the first in a series. 2Fox’s opener Lonzania is superb and is a tried and tested dance-floor favourite, sampling the voices of the Hangaza women of Tanzania. The Busy Twist provide the late-night track Wa Wa Wine. Austin Ato samples the Haya women of Tanzania in Awakasi. The traditional wailing is from a wedding procession song and features deeply groovy tribal drumming. Boys Ride Bikes’ Resonate samples an otter hunting song from the Haya people, with cries of hunting dogs, the bells around hunters’ necks and a dubbed out bassline. Finally, Maajo’s tropical dub Umefika samples ancestral voices singing of arriving in Marangu a small village on the lower slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro. A tasty package indeed.
Here is a great video put out by Soundway, featuring a previous release by The Busy twist:
Here’s a link to some more music released on Beating Heart, differing from the release details above…some clarity needed (?)…but more great music nevertheless. Links to Beating Heart in the info: