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Owiny Sigoma Band *New Tracks on SoundCloud*

February 1, 2011

Africa is still largely untapped. The US has been dug to death, likewise most of South America and Brazil. Africa is the new Colombia in terms of uprooted treasures by the likes of Analog Africa and Soundway. Nigeria, Ghana and the French Colonies – Congo, Sierra Leone and maybe Ivory Coast – they’re the ones that have been tapped, but there’s so much more. I’ve started hearing stuff from Eritrea and Mozambique… funk bands… James Brown made an impact everywhere.

What I heard when I first played Owiny Sigoma Band on the radio was a phat, wayward dance record with African leanings and it just felt completely right. That’s why it was good to continue along the path that they’d followed, because they’ve got a different approach to how the drums should sound and the bass should sound – it’s like they’ve been listening to a bunch of Arthur Russell and Liquid Liquid records. These characteristics alongside the nyatiti, the vocals and the cow’s horn, lend it these unique properties that you don’t hear in any other African music and make it exciting. But, fundamentally, the reason that it works for me (and Brownswood) is that it’s drum and bass heavy… rhythmically heavy. And all those little disco tricks… the reverbs and the tape delays that they used are brilliant. It’s by no means a disco record, but it’s got enough of that in it to make it sound new and inventive. Plus of course there’s the whole thing with bands like Vampire Weekend, the Damon Albarn touch and World Circuit… all of that has been embedded in people’s heads. So basically you throw this project in the mix which has all of those elements and that’s why it’s fresh.

- Gilles Peterson

Owiny Sigoma Band’s eponymously titled album will be release on Brownswood Recordings on the 18th April 2011.

You can listen to some streams over on the Soundcloud page.