Mark Ernestus – one half of Rhythm & Sound and Basic Channel, and founder of Hard Wax – has collaborated with some of Senegal’s finest musicians on a new single release.

Credited to Mark Ernestus presents Jeri-Jeri with Mbene Diatta Seck, ‘Mbeuguel Dafa Nekh’ will be released as 12″ and download on new label Ndagga. It was produced by the Ernestus using his own recordings of Jeri-Jeri, a griot clan of Sabar drummers from Kaolack, led by Bakane Seck, and of various guest musicians.

According to a press release: “Jeri-Jeri’s style of Mbalax is swingeingly masterful — heady and hard-grooving, with highly complex, fiercely succinct poly-rhythms — an ancient-futuristic music, mesmeric but sharp as nails, super-charged with drama.

“Featuring the lovelorn vocals of guest Mbene Diatta Seck, Sabar traditions are fused with furious Afro-Cubanismo, hard funk-rock, and shards of high-life. Ernestus’ nasty, hypnotic, stripped dub — a Mbalax first — edges in the bass, profiles the talmbat and tungune drums, and scoops the semantics out of the vocal.

You can listen to clips and find more information here.

A1: Mbeuguel Dafa Nekh
B1: Dub Dafa Nekh





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