Female vocal styles from Kenya, rewound as state of the art dance music: Four enthusiastic remix versions from four european electronic producers who magnificiently revisit ON MANDE, the latest album by kenyan vocalists OGOYA NENGO AND THE DODO WOMEN'S GROUP.
OGOYA NENGO AND THE DODO WOMEN'S GROUP are deeply rooted in the folk music culture of the Luo communities in Siaya County, western Kenya. Since 2013 producers Sven Kacirek (Hamburg) and Stefan Schneider (Düsseldorf) have regularly recorded with OGOYA NENGO at her village near Lake Victoria. Right after the release of their debut album RANG'ALA (Honest Jon's) the group has frequently been invited to extended touring in Europe and had quickly drawn a lot of attention from very diverse audiences.
In this respect ON MANDE VERSIONS is the first liaison between the traditional approach of Dodo music and contemporary electronic dance music.
LENA WILLIKENS (Comeme) saw Ogoyas breathtaking performance at Ko¨ln Stadtgarten in 2016. For the ORUTU RUN version, she took individual sound samples from different songs of the album. Orutu (a traditional kenyan one stringed instrument), a blow whistle and some vocal harmonies combine hypnotic strumming with propulsive rhythm machine patterns, only occasionally accentuated by shouts from a whistle.
MIX ZWEI by TOLOUSE LOW TRAX (Salon des Amateurs) is an intensely sparse signature mix by one of most original and prolific producers of today's electronic music. Captivatingly growing drum beats reflect the lovely sung vocal line "Where I see you ? I am here!" and relocates it to a momentum of after midnight funk.
As the shamelessly odd title already suggests, SORBE PEKINGESE by DON'T DJ (Borceuse Heroique) is an unrelenting excursion on digitally pitched vocal samples. Glistering frequencies all over the mix and MAXmsp treatments which expertly morph female vocals into a stunning alien imagery.
BUNDE DUB by Berlin based producer ORSON (Version) takes some complex Ohangla drum patterns to tight and powerful effect.