Nyami Nyami records was setup in 2015 to provide a platform to present music from Sub-Saharan Africa that has been re-imagined through creative collaborations. Their first outputs featured music from prominent Zimbabwean mbira queen Chiwoniso Maraire, and legendary Jozi producer Tom Mhikize.
With their new 12’’ release, the label teams up mbira maestro Jacob Mafuleni from Zimbabwe and electro-funk producer Gary Gritness from France, whose recent releases include a series of 12’’ on Clone records in 2015 and collaboration with Orlando Voorn, Dam-Funk or Los Hemanos.
Jacob Mafuleni was Chiwoniso’s main sideman on vocals and mbira on the label’s acclaimed first release ‘Zvichapera’. He recorded two new tracks in Harare with his wife Martha Thom on vocals and the traditional percussion ocho.
Gary Gritness added 808 rhythms and sounds keeping the natural flow of the songs without cutting or sampling the original music. He intuitively produced the talent of Jacob’s mbira ceremonies rhythmic patterns on his TR 808 drum machine.
This natural and respectful collaboration resulted in two already classic ‘afro techno’ tracks Atuka Mondhoro 808 and Chikoni 808. In the lead up to the release, the label has produced a short video using vintage footage of mbira and traditional dancing in Zimbabwe.