Cheick Hamala Diabate 'Prudence (E's E NYC Trust Remix)'

Cheick Hamala Diabate's Malian ngoni single "Prudence" gets remixed by NYC Trust affiliate E's E.

In another (very welcomed) instance of traditional West African strings getting electronic reworkings, Malian ngoni virtuoso Cheick Hamala Diabate's single "Prudence" gets a syncopated-bell remix from NYC Trust affiliate producer E's E. The track will feature in the upcoming Prudence Remix EP alongside reinterprations from Whiskey Barons, Daytoner, Jon Kennedy and Sol Power DC. Stream "Prudence (E's E Remix)" below and, if you're in DC, don't miss the record release party going down at Tropicalia this Friday! (All info in the flyer below)


7 Gengetone Acts You Need to Check Out

The streets speak gengetone: Kenya's gengetone sound is reverberating across East Africa and the world, get to know its main purveyors.

Sailors' "Wamlambez!"Wamlambez!" which roughly translates to "those who lick," is the cry the reverberated round the world, pushing the gengetone sound to the global stage. The response "wamnyonyez" roughly translates to "those who suck" and that should tell you all you need to know about the genre.

Known for its lewd lyrics and repetitive (often call and response) hooks, gengetone makes no apologies for belonging to the streets. First of all, most artists that create gengetone are grouped into bands with a few outliers like Zzero Sufuri riding solo. The songs themselves often feature a multiplicity of voices with screams and crowds coming through as ad libs, adding to this idea that this is definitely "outside" music.

Listening to Ethic's Odi wa Muranga play with his vocal on the track "Thao" it's easy to think that this is the first, but gengetone fits snuggly in a history of sheng rap based on the kapuka style beat. Kapuka is onomatopoeically named, the beats have that repetitive drum-hat-drum skip that sounds like pu-ka-pu-ka-pu. Artists like Nonini were asking women to come over using this riff long before Ochungulo family told them to stay home if they aren't willing to give it up.

Here's seven gengetone groups worth listening to.

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