Bulawayo and Harare are the cultural capitals of Zimbabwe. This EP, produced in part by Danalogue, showcases Bulawayo Kwela with Albert Nyathi and Elliot Phiri, while the last two tracks come from Harare’s own David Tapfuma, including a remix by ESA of David’s track.
Imagine if DAF discovered cumbias in the 1980s with lo-fi equipment, but made up for it with a high, hazy, nearly psychedelic level of energy? Friends, I give you Fred Lorca, a composer originally from Argentina who had been residing in Spain for some years, and is, perhaps, once again residing in the Southern Cone.
This album isn’t imbued with kitschiness like, say, Señor Coconut. Think Yello, as this has a driving, danceable rhythm while maintaining its focus. That doesn’t mean it’s all serious, as there are small, cheeky interludes, and a feeling of a gang-land soundtrack in these rhythms.