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:
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