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Wema: Wema: Vinyl 2LP

Wema: Vinyl 2LP

Wema

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  • Release Date 29 April 2022
  • Buy Now: Estimated Dispatch within 10 - 12 days
Product code
K7403LP
Format
Double Vinyl LP
Label
!K7

For WEMA, collaboration is a state of mind. The fivepiece collective – consisting of Tanzanian multiinstrumentalist Msafiri Zawose, producer Photay and Penya members Magnus P.I, Lilli Elina and Jimmy le Messurier – is an artistic pursuit founded on community;a space in which to harness the transformative power of connection. Translated from Swahili, ‘wema’ means kindness and benevolence – virtues that lie at the core of the project, and are reflected in the group’s worldembracing approach to music. “WEMA is a state of gratitude and belief, without sorrow or grief. It’s about giving your entire heart,” Msafiri declares.

The self-titled album is an intoxicating, dancefloorindebted blend of traditional Tanzanian music, AfroLatin rhythms and experimental electronic music, with the majority of lyrics sung in Swahili and Spanish. It’s a smorgasbord of sounds, moods and textures that call on the very ethos of the band; the pursuit of cohesion and togetherness in a fractured world. Through this lens, WEMA is a near-spiritual listen, invoking the sacred sounds of their global influences. The tape-delayed vocal samples and sparse industrial clangs of Kande are reminiscent of the kind of deconstructed beats you might find in a closing club set. Bendir Bendir’s pointillist soundscapes are juxtaposed with a warm chorus of Msafiri’s layered harmonies. Msafiri Jam Pt 2, with its uptempo percussion and atmospheric background noise, features the undulating hornwork of groundbreaking Afro-Cuban trumpeter Yelfris Valdes. There’s a palpable optimism running through WEMA; it’s raw, unfiltered music that is as danceable as it is soul-stirring.

2LP slipcase 140g vinyl w/ printed innersleeves + DL card

Tracks
SIDE A:
1 Wema Song  
2 Luanje Pt. 1  
3 Luanje Pt. 2  
Tracks
SIDE B:
1 Kiherehere  
2 Zeze  
3 Kiherehere Slow  
Tracks
SIDE C:
1 Kande  
2 Bendir Bendir !  
3 Pepote Pt. 1  
4 Pepote Pt. 2  
Tracks
SIDE D:
1 Msafiri Jam Pt. 1  
2 Msafiri Jam Pt. 2  
3 Wema Outro