Boomkat Product Review:
The second in Touch's vinyl/DL-only series of archival editions spirits us back to 1985 and a live set played by the Walo Shatan Gwari ensemble. A recording of the performance - which took place as part of the African Music Village event at the Commonwealth Institute in Holland Park, London - was released under the name Drumming For Creation on cassette by Touch in '85, and 28 years later it's lost none of its lustre, as the ensemble (led by Malam Walo, and hailing from an agricultural region of Northeastern Nigeria) tear through its hypnotic, cyclical, powerful drum-songs. The ambience of the room, not to mention the vigorous applause of the rapt audience, is captured beautifully, but crucially the sound of the ensemble is close, crisp and times downright luminous. The whole set is a joy, but we're particularly down with 'Farming Is The Most Important Occupation Today', which combines an additive, minimalist intensity with a magnificently bluesy sway. Pure fire.