We’ve made the first purchase of the mobile recording equipment that we’ll be using during the tour of the villages. And as I write this, it’s already in use in Brazil. Jimmy Allen and Mike Park (Abubilla percussionist) have paid a flying visit to Meninos do Morumbi, another project supported by The Abubilla Music Foundation. At the weekend, they recorded Samba percussion on the streets of Sao Paulo for the new, global version of the Abubilla Music song, 71 Hours to Monday. Check out Jimmy’s blog on their progress: Quick report from Sao Paulo
Next stop, Kenya. In March, Jimmy and Andy are taking the recording equipment to Nairobi, teaming up with Ketebul Music to fully test everything in the field in advance of the village tour in November. Tabu Osusa is putting together the itinerary and the plan is to travel to the coast, near Mombasa, to record the music of the Mijikenda – a Bantu tribe made up of 9 sub-tribes, the most well known being the Giriama and Digo. Music is prolific in these communities and features superb drumming and athletic dancing.
Katana Bin Kalama is a contemporary Giriama musician and his song ‘Nilipata Mzungu’ is featured on Ketebul Music’s Spotlight on Kenyan Music Vol.4. It’s a great example of the fusion of traditional tribal sounds and rhythms, in this case the Mijikenda, and contemporary Kenyan music.
Click on the album cover to have a listen.