Basic Channel icon and Hard Wax boss Mark Ernestus will compile his Afrocentric Jeri-Jeri project on two new full-lengths.
Ernestus has long been smitten with the sounds of the plateau continent: he helped curate Honest Jon’s vital 2011 Shangaan Electro compilation, and contributed to last year’s rewarding Shangaan remix series. His recent Jeri-Jeri project saw Ernestus working with Senegalse Sabar and Mbalax musicians (the former is a polyrhythmic drum music played on the sabar drum; the latter is a sabar-infused, rhythmically frantic brand of West African dance music.)
The Jeri-Jeri recordings were laid down in 2011 in Dakar, and have been dripfed to the public over five 12″s on Ernestus’ bespoke Ndagga label from 2012-13. Notable collaborators on the project include Baaba Maal, Youssou N’Dour and Bakane Seck. As Resident Advisor report, Ernestus will collect all of his Jeri-Jeri material on two new compilations. 800% Ndagga will assemble all of the vocal tracks, whereas Ndagga Version will bring together the instrumental tracks. The 800% Ndagga material in particular feels like a rootsier counterpart to Shangaan’s frenetic percussive play, augmented by Ernestus’ dubby touches and studio jiggery-pokery.
800% Ndagga and Ndagga Versions will both see release on June 3. Ernestus, naturally, features on our rundown of Moritz Von Oswald and Juan Atkins’ essential collaborations.
1. Gawlo feat. Baaba Maal
2. Xale feat. Mbene Diatta Seck
3. Ndeye Gueye feat. Doudou Ndiaye Rose
4. Mbeuguel Dafa Nekh feat. Mbene Diatta Seck
5. Casamance feat. Ale & Khadim Mboup
6. Sama Yaye feat. Mbene Diatta Seck
7. Bamba feat. Mbene Diatta Seck, Ale & Khadim Mboup
1. Lignou Mome
2. Casamance Version
4. Sama Yaye Version
5. Xale Rhythm
6. Gawlo Version
7. Dub Dafa Nekh
9. Bamba Version