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WEEK STARTING 3 Apr

Genre pick of the week Cover of Super Liminal by Penya.

Penya

Super Liminal

    On The Corner deliver the long-awaited repress of sold out album Super Liminal, the debut LP by Afrolatin music collective Penya. It is released alongside their new EP ‘Penya Safari’ in collaboration with legendary gogo musician Msafiri Zawose. 'Super Liminal' is an otherworldly mix of modern, afro-motorik rhythms, chants and improvised congotronics. ‘Liminal’ – an in-between state – references the transitional process the four-piece band entered during a series of self-produced recording sessions held at Penya's multi-instrumentalist Magnus P.I's home studio between March 2016 and May 2017. Penya's percussive and futuristic Afro-Latin sound also owes its genesis to the concept of ‘liminality’: the threshold of disorientation occurring during ritual practices.

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    LP Info: Repress.

    Marumo

    Modiehi

      We were first introduced to Marumo’s ‘Modiehi’ album via DJ Okapi’s amazing resource the ‘Afrosynth’ blog, which archives South African bubblegum/ disco from the 80s & early 90s. Aside from this blog, this music would otherwise remained unknown outside of South Africa, apart from the most hardcore of digger and record collector.

      ‘Modiehi’ was originally released on Spades Record in 1982 and was recorded by producer West Nkosi, who was a member of supergroup ‘Mahlathini & The Mahotella Queens’. He worked with the big hitters in South African music such as Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Teaspoon & The Waves, Patience Africa and many more. Marumo were made up of a group of musicians from the Athlone School for the blind in Bellville, close to Cape Town. The band members, John Mothopeng, Munich Sibiya, Simon Falatsi and Marks Mbuthuma, had previously played in the groups Batsumi, All Rounders and The Orations and came together to record this versatile album. It covers a wide number of genres from Sotho soul, Mbaqanga, disco-funk, gospel & spacey-synth slow jams.

      Flash forward 30 or so years later and lost dead-stock copies of the album start to appear and Marumo’s music begins to be heard across the world in the DJ sets of Motor City Drum Ensemble, Invisible City Editions, Floating Points, DJ Okapi and others.

      We included the afro-disco-funk beauty of ‘Khomo Tsaka Deile Kae?’ on our Mr Bongo Record Club Volume Three compilation, but felt ‘Modiehi’ needed to be available and heard in it’s entirety. We hope you enjoy!

      Tamikrest

      Tamota T

        Tamikrest return with a vivid, irrepressible rock and roll statement. Their most powerful album since 2013’s wildly acclaimed Chatma, Tamota t finds the band not only turning up the volume but also sharpening their meditative atmospherics and ruminations on the state of the Sahara and the world beyond.

        Features acclaimed Moroccan singer Hindi Zahra and a track cut with Japanese traditional musicians.

        FORMAT INFORMATION

        LP includes MP3 Download Code.

        Various Artists

        Guasa, Cununo Y Marimba

          Subtitled '21 songs of Afro-Colombian Music from the Pacific Coast' The music of the Colombian Pacific is one of the greatest treasures of Colombia and its African past, but not many people remember the songs recorded on anthologies, which are largely a forgotten chapter of Colombia’s musical history. It comprises genres such as currulao and chirimia and many others that are yet to be discovered by most Latin music lovers. Heavy drumming combines with hypnotic vocals and the sounds of the marimba, clarinet and euphonium in this selection of Afro-Colombian music from the Pacific Coast. This compilation includes recordings by artists like: Gertrudis Bonilla, Peregoyo y su Combo Vacan, Markitos Micolta, La Sonora del Pacifico de Cachito Vidal, Julian y su Combo, Buscaj in an outstanding selection of songs that covers the early 70s through the 00s and are reissued here for the first time. Compiled by Colombian music experts Lucas Silva and Philippe Noel. 


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