SAPIENZ & THE CONGO TECHNO ENSEMBLE, REY

NA ZALA ZALA (NYEGE NYEGE TAPES)

SAPIENZ & THE CONGO TECHNO ENSEMBLE, REY - NA ZALA ZALA 146447
Format:
1 LP
Release:
16.07.2021
Label:
NYEGE NYEGE TAPES
Genre:
Electro/Funk
Kat.-Nr.:
146447
Barcode:
0742521169346
When Rey Sapienz was eight years old, the Democratic Republic of Congo was plunged into the Second Congo War.

The conflict last five years and was the bloodiest since World War II, leaving an indelible mark on East Africa and creating mass displacement and loss of life.

But Sapienz endured, cutting his teeth as a young rapper at twelve, first performing to celebrate Congo's independence day.

When he finished school, he headed to nearby Kampala to hone his craft and collaborate with local producers.

But civil war broke out back home and he was forced to extend his stay in Uganda. Since then, Sapienz has established himself as a force to be reckoned with, co-founding the Hakuna Kulala label, teaching his Ableton Live skills to Kampala's young producers and releasing two acclaimed EPs.

For his debut album, Sapienz embarks on an ambitious project that travels beyond the avant beatscapes of his early material.

Alongside traditional percussionist, vocalist and dancer Papalas Palata and rapper Fresh Doggis, he has formed The Congo Techno Ensemble, utilizing their skills and experience to offer a statement that speaks to the past, present and future of the DRC.

On "Eza Makambo", the trio channel rich musical traditions and historic tension, evolving electronic and traditional forms into boundless sci-fi mutations.

The track breaks open the stories all three artists accumulated in the DRC, augmenting radioactive techno-dancehall beats with radical, open-hearted words and rhymes.

"Eza Makambo" is a heady cocktail of stylistic futurism and harsh reality that could be compared with Zizou Bikaye's seminal "Noir et Blanc or Danis Mpunga & Paul K.'s genre-breaking electronic experiments.

But marked by the DRC's recent scars, it's a critical work that stands painfully alone.
 
  • Tracklisting
  • 1.1. DANCEHALL PIGME
  • 1.2. ESALA RIEN
  • 1.3. EZA MAKAMBO
  • 1.4. POSA NA BIKA
  • 1.5. ZUWA BA RISK
  • 1.6. 96
  • 1.7. NA ZALA ZALA
  • 1.8. SANTONGE
  • 1.9. MINZOTO