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Owiny Sigoma Band Premiere 'Changaa Attack'

Stream London-Nairobi collective Owiny Sigoma Band's "Changaa Attack," a hypnotizing track named after the potent Kenyan homebrew.


London-Nairobi's Owiny Sigoma Band, a revolving collective formed by Western Kenyan musicians and UK artists, come through with "Changaa Attack," the new single off their forthcoming third album Nyanza. Recorded in percussionist Charles Owoko and nyatiti player Joseph Nyamungu's home of Nyanza Province, Owiny Sigoma Band's new full-length LP seeks to explore the intricacies of Luo music.

The hypnotizing "Changaa Attack" — named after the potent Kenyan homebrew 'changaa' (which is rumored to contain jet fuel and also goes by 'Goodbye Mum') —  offers a complex blend of modern bass and synthesizers with Luo-influenced rhythms. The single was recorded in Kisumu by Nyamungu, Owoko, keyboardist Jesse Hackett, bass player Louis Hackett, and drummer Tom Skinner. Stream our premiere of "Changaa Attack" below and look out for the track on Owiny Sigoma Bands upcoming Nyanza album, due August 28 from Gilles Peterson's Brownswood Recordings.

Interview

Interview: The Awakening of Bas

We talk to Bas about The Messenger, Bobi Wine, Sudan, and the globalized body of Black pain.

The first thing you notice when you begin to listen to The Messenger—the new investigative documentary podcast following the rise of Ugandan singer, businessman and revolutionary political figure Bobi Wine—is Bas' rich, paced, and deeply-affecting storytelling voice.

Whether he is talking about Uganda's political landscape, painting a picture of Bobi Wine's childhood, or drawing parallels between the violence Black bodies face in America and the structural oppression Africans on the continent continue to endure at the hands of corrupt government administrations, there is no doubt that Bas (real name Abbas Hamad) has an intimate understanding of what he's talking about.

We speak via Zoom, myself in Lagos, and him in his home studio in Los Angeles where he spends most of his time writing as he cools off from recording the last episode of The Messenger. It's evident that the subject matter means a great deal to the 33-year-old Sudanese-American rapper, both as a Black man living in America and one with an African heritage he continues to maintain deep ties with. The conversation around Black bodies enduring various levels of violence is too urgent and present to ignore and this is why The Messenger is a timely and necessary cultural work.

Below, we talk with Bas aboutThe Messenger podcast, Black activism, growing up with parents who helped shape his political consciousness and the globalized body of Black pain.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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