Weird Together New Zealand band with "Karima's Story."
<p>Allow us to introduce the diasporic sounds of a part of the world not often discussed on Okayafrica. <strong><a href="https://www.facebook.com/WeirdTogether" target="_blank">Weird Together</a></strong> began as the studio project of New Zealanders <strong>Dick Johnson</strong> and <strong>Nick Dwyer</strong> (whose collab with Wanlov for the kiwi tunes show <em>Making Tracks</em> was previously <a href="http://www.okayafrica.com/2011/05/23/video-wanlov-the-kubolors-for-the-river-new-single-african-gypsy/" target="_blank">featured</a> on OKA). Production from the DJ duo officially kicked off as a full band when the pair began recording at Auckland's Red Bull Studio with a cast of NZ-transplants, including <strong>Karima Madut</strong> (Sudan), <strong>Mavs Adegbite</strong> (Nigeria), and <strong>Benedict Tagutanazvo</strong> (Zimbabwe),</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F109777320&color=8e56e0&auto_play=false&show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>"Karima's Story" is an infectious house-influenced groove that suggests the project deserves overseas listens. Sudanese/Kenyan-born/NZ-based <strong>Karima Madut</strong> adds both a namesake and in-your-soul vocals to the track. Below, the Weird Together songstress discusses the story (her own, that is) behind the dancefloor banger.</p><p><div class="preroll-video"></div><ora-player></ora-player></p><p></p><blockquote>"So Karima's story, I guess melody and lyric wise, came from the ideas [Nick was] throwing at me to freestyle to or be influenced by. I was blank in the booth until [Nick] told me to create something out of emotion and tell some type of story. With these two things in combination I couldn't help but think about my father whose life and supposed death was always a mystery and untold to me. I just imagined him as a spirit or his presence in the room with me and sang of what I would say if I were to connect with him and so the lyrics were a question of "where did you go? dead or alive?"...My thoughts and emotions had always been disconnected from him up, never thinking about the absence but I found myself singing at the end of these phrases 'I want you' repeatedly, to my surprise! So I guess through the process there was the sad revelation of the loss I still feel and the hope I still hold on to."</blockquote><p><a href="http://www.okayafrica.com/wp-content/uploads/Weird-Together-New-Zealand-Karima-Madut.jpeg"><img type="lazy-image" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8xMDM4NjYzNC9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYzMDg1MDg2NH0.R1wGw2odzw7liuI7a83nGoM2nqPs5d0sfyanv9c_yP0/img.jpg?width=980" id="f00bd" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="f0a67893cd28c3cb834e8ec3a1b2700c" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image"></a></p><p>We anticipate more to come from the kiwi collective. In the meantime grab yourself a copy of "Karima's Story" above and check out the accompanying DIY vid below pieced together from Borneo's beautiful Rainforest World Music Fest.</p><p><span style="display:block;position:relative;padding-top:56.25%;" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="3e3bc15ab564000344890b753aa81967"><iframe type="lazy-iframe" data-runner-src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/iXpaLYwJGBs?rel=0" width="100%" height="auto" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" style="position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;"></iframe></span></p>
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