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


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

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