Audio

Mozambican Beatmaker Nandele's Dilla-Inspired 'Fin O Humano (E O Regresso Do Boom Bap)'

Mozambican beatsmith Nandele makes his debut with the J Dilla-inspired 'Argolas Delciosas' EP.


Hailing from Maputo, Mozambique, budding beatsmith Nandele is the son of the first black director of the Mozambican National Radio after the country's independence. It's only natural that, through his father, he developed a special connection to music after being exposed to a healthy diversity of artists ranging from Hugh Masekela to Toots and the Maytals. By the early 90s Nandele was learning to play the drums and soon began performing in local venues, first with a grunge band and later with in a hip-hop project. He continued to expand his talents with several DJ gigs around Maputo as well as a brief residency in the city's most historic bar, Gil Vicente.  In 2013 Nandele was invited to DJ for the band Azagaia & Os Cortadores de Lenha–one of the more prominent rap collectives in lusophone Africa.

Inspired by the need to create his own rhythms, Nandele has now stepped out on his own to release his first solo project, Argolas Deliciosas (which translates to Sweet Rings). Conceived as a tribute to the late J Dilla, Argolas Deliciosas fuses all of Nandele's influences into a series of beats that lightly reference the genres of dubstep, trap, instrumental hip-hop and electronica. Conceptually, the six-track EP is a sonic escape to ethereal atmospheres or, better yet, a journey to a distant planet in a foreign galaxy for deep contemplation and self-reflection. Argolas Deliciosas will be available on February 25th, 2015 via Kongoloti Records. Listen to the first single "Fin o Humano (E O Regresso Do Boom Bap)" below.

Interview

Interview: Wavy The Creator Is Ready to See You Now

The multidisciplinary Nigerian-American artist on tapping into all her creative outlets, creating interesting things, releasing a new single and life during quarantine.

A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

Keep reading... Show less

get okayafrica in your inbox

popular.

The 10 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Wizkid, Alicia Keys x Diamond Platnumz, Manu WorldStar, Maya Amolo, La Dame Blanche and more.