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UK Label SHANGAANBANG's Shangaan Electro Releases

Download Limpopo producers Da Multi Snake and Mualusie free shangaan electro releases from UK label SHANGAANBANG.


London-based label SHANGAANBANG has been putting together a batch of potent releases in the style of shangaan electro — the lightning-speed electronic take on South African tsonga disco and kwaito pioneered by Nozinja. The relatively new label's first release Volume 1, put out in digital form and as a limited edition yellow cassette, featured a 6-track collection of frenetic tunes from Limpopo-based producer Da Multi Snake. SHANGAANBANG's most singles Ndhuma and Siyavhuma by beatmaker Mualusie (also from Limpopo) follow in the same sonic vein, delivering addictive 190 BPM progressions of "deadly Limpopo folktech," as the label's bandcamp describes. The best part yet, a large majority of these tracks are available for free download through the label. Check out Mulasie's latest singles and Da Multi Snake's Volume 1 below and head over to SHANGAANBANG's bandcamp and soundcloud pages for more free goods.

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It's 2000 something. I'm holed up in my bedroom searching for samples to chop up on Fruity Loops. While deep into the free-market jungle of Amazon's suggested music section, I stumble across a compilation of Ethiopian music with faded pictures of nine guys jamming in white suit jackets. I press play on the 30 second sample.

My mind races with the opportunities these breakbeats offered a budding beat maker. Catchy organs, swinging horns, funky guitar riffs, soulful melodies and grainy and pained vocalists swoon over love lost and gained. Sung in my mother tongue—Amharic—this was a far cry from the corny synthesizer music of the 1990s that my parents played on Saturday mornings. I could actually sample this shit.

The next day, I burn a CD and pop it into my dad's car. His eyes light up when the first notes ooze out of the speakers. “Where did you get this?" He asks puzzlingly. “The internet," I respond smiling.

In the 1970s my dad was one of thousands of high school students in Addis Ababa protesting the monarchy. The protests eventually created instability which lead to a coup d'état. The monarchy was overthrown and a Marxist styled military junta composed of low ranking officers called the Derg came to power. The new regime subsequently banned music they deemed to be counter revolutionary. When the Derg came into power, Amha Eshete, a pioneering record producer and founder of Ahma Records, fled to the US and the master recordings of his label's tracks somehow ended up in a warehouse in Greece.

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