Boomkat Product Review:
Nyege Nyege Tapes showcase their diverse, inventive strengths with a full spectrum, 47-track motherload of material by label regulars and friends.
‘L'Esprit de Nyege 2020’ is a body-wobbling testament to the Ugandan label’s scope and integral links to East, Central and South African musics that the label has been disseminating to the wider world for the last 5 years. In that time, they've released thrilling Tanzanian Singeli, swingeing Bugandan drum batteries, ritual circumcision soundtracks, Kenyan grindcore - not to mention the rest - all of which can be found in this epic 3+ hour package, sequenced beside mutual spirits ranging from Kuduro stars RS Produções and Blacksea Não Maya, Indonesian mentalists Gabber Modus Operandi, and a stack of new artists ripe for discovery.
The set specifically relates to the label’s 2020 activities, when their revered annual festival was cancelled and instead took place online as a 96+ hour extravaganza. We’re seriously spoilt for choice with the all killer/no filler selections, notably including a mystic bewt by Duma at the front, ‘Cape to Cairo’, and Gabber Modus Operandi’s take on Tanzanian styles in ‘Mencuri Singeli’, while MVP Slikback serves the stunning Congo tekno of ‘Vein’ and we can practically smell the BBQ in the live festival recording of HHY & The Kampala Unit.
Singeli heads will be buzzed to hear heat from scene pioneer Bamba Pana, plus new names such as MC Kadilida and DJ Travella, and the likes of Mali’s DJ Diaki keep the pace recklessly UP alongside DJ Finale’s piquant percolator, while the pivotal South African scene gives up darkside Gqom mutations from DJ Menzi, Phelimuncasi, DJ Skothane, and DJ MP3, complemented by Kuduro sizzlers such as RS Produções Afro-Indo gem ‘Ansiedade’ and the murky meditation of ‘Reborda’ by Blacks Não Maya. Factor in inimitable business from Elvin Brandhi & Eckobass, stone cold rap from Boutross and NNSS-KHX05, EQ Why’s night-riding footwork, and the nutty Kizomba of Le Meilliur, and you’ve got enough to see you good until the festival’s next edition.