DJ Raph - Sacred Grooves - LP Vinyl

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SKU:
c0014672
UPC:
880918229492

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Album:
Sacred Grooves
Artist:
DJ Raph
Format:
12" Vinyl
UPC:
880918229492

Description

LP version. Includes download code. DJ Raph is an electronic musician, producer, and DJ from Nairobi, Kenya. He is an outstanding figure in the growing Kenyan underground electronic scene. His debut album Sacred Groves is a rare gem of a record; considered, emotional, and contagious. DJ Raph builds rich, textured electronic music from pan-African ethnographic field recordings. Sacred Groves opens up a timeless musical universe, that is both ancient and futuristic; a deep mélange of modern electronic bass music, African chants, and traditional rhythms. This is essential dance music. It is fundamentally not kitsch or clichéd.

What makes DJ Raph's approach unique within the abundant production of African electronic music is a keen interest in the meanings and contexts of the original field recordings. Sacred Groves emerges from weeks of research in the extensive music archive of the Iwalewahaus (Bayreuth). The music, rhythms, and chants which he builds from are not just to expand his sound palette; his work is a considered homage to the traditions which he borrows from. The archive is revered rather not researched. The respect that DJ Raph, a Nairobi-based producer, has for a broad African cultural heritage is deeply visceral and palpable in this music. Long samples allow the field recordings to breathe, to open up an innovative and vital electronic soundscape.

Sacred Groves is simultaneously traditional, contemporary, and deeply sacred. All music was produced by Raphael Kariuki in Nairobi, Kenya and Bayreuth, Germany. All ethnographic recordings used on this record are part of the UNESCO World Heritage with friendly support of Klassik Center, Kassel. Additional mixing by Hannes Teichmann. Mastered by Mike Grinser at Manmade Mastering, Berlin.
A1Drum Rhythms
A2Chant Of The Umuhara
A3Earthstep
A4The Boy From Digenenthi
A5Reeds From Chad
B1Bird Trap
B2Ikondera
B3Dance Of The Agasambi
B4Butchers' Rhythm
B5Yayaya Twins

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