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Wachaga
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CD

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SYL 011CD SYL 011CD
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RELEASE DATE
9/11/2020

New eagerly awaited album from the maverick Kutiman, based on field recordings he made in Tanzania of local musicians, then manipulated, layered and expanded in his home studio. People have been living around the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro for millennia. One day in 2014 another jeep pulled up, in a rural neighborhood where many people from the Wachaga nation live, work and play. This jeep contained Ophir "Kutiman" Kutiel, the producer, multi-instrumentalist, and filmmaker who is get-stopped-in-the-supermarket famous in his home country despite being terminally shy of the spotlight. Kutiman carried microphones, video recording equipment and a request for creative collaboration to Tanzania -- and he left Wachaga with a set of recordings. Some of these were of everyday sounds and some contained special sounds: school children from the city of Arusha playing drums or the dancers who wore bells to add a percussive element to the movement, like the metal plate in a tap dancer's shoe. This fourth studio album is a combination of the material he collected on his 2014 trip with recordings made with saxophonist Shlomi Alon, trumpeter Sefi Zisling, and trombonist Yair Slutzki, alongside his own playing and studio wizardry. He was listening to a lot of spiritual jazz during the recording, and in a departure from his usual cut-and-paste style, played on top of the recordings. Horns and synth melodies spiral across borrowed rhythm patterns and chants which provide the bedrock around which Kutiman builds his own musical dwelling, creating new pathways of jazz, psychedelia and circular meditative zone-outs. Returning home from his trip to the self-organised kibbutz community where he lives in the western Negev desert, he began dipping into the recordings to see how he could use them as a starting point for his own musical and visual explorations. Fast forward six years, and there's Wachaga, an audiovisual feast which contains nine tracks and nine kaleidoscopic video pieces, named after the 2.4 million Tanzanians who live mostly on the southern and eastern sides of Mount Kilimanjaro. RIYL: Khruangbin, Kamasi Washington, Strut Records, Soundway.