Zimba / Baleka / Nyami Nyami

Released in 1983 by Dutch label Dureco Benelux. Now reissued by French imprint Nyami Nyami. Zimba`s Baleka is another Electro-Afro hybrid that had me checking my old Afro / Cosmic play / wants lists. The original mix spins percussion backwards and forwards against an elastic bass-line. The bell-like sonorities taking Wolf Muller`s water-filled pots and pans back to the future. Everything attacked with the Punk energy of Liquid Liquid.

“Stick on skin, stick on stick, stick on metal. It`s the most elemental musical form.” – Sal Principato

There`s an accapella breakdown of stomps and chants that sounds like No Zu* covering Ozo. Sofrito`s Siwo submits a subtle extension. The Comet Is Coming add a honking horn and a buzzing bottom end worthy of Africaine 808.

Reference Links

Wolf Muller

Liquid Liquid

No Zu

Ozo

Africaine 808 

*No Zu have a European tour coming up:

May 31st – Primavera Sound fest Club show, Sala Apolo, Barcelona

June 1st – Primavera Sound, Barcelona

June 3rd – TBC, France

June 4th – Art Rock Festival, Saint Brieuc, France

June 6th – Badaboum, Paris, France

June 8th – Sud Pol, Lucern, Switzerland

June 10th – Urban Spree, Berlin, Germany

One thought on “Zimba / Baleka / Nyami Nyami

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s