Boomkat Product Review:
Holy fùck! Dar Es Salaam’s 19 y.o. DJ Travella pins the singeli flag at the pinnacle of Afrofuturist road and club music with an incendiary introduction via Kampala’s Nyege Nyege Tapes.
Marking five years since NNT revolutionised international perceptions of East African music with the ’Sounds of Sisso’ comp, Hamadi Hassani aka DJ Travella naturally pushes the envelope of Tanzanian singeli in his own image; hybridising elements of Atlantan rap, rave, R&B and dembow into its hi-NRG 200bpm brackets with equal amounts of discipline and vision. It’s worth getting very excited about, throwing down 13 gobsmacking new dance variants with a rambunctious, hypercolourful alacrity that can’t help but set flames to any ‘floor.
Notably unaffiliated with the foundational singeli power centres of Pamoja or Sisso Studios, yet arriving at compatibly rampant conclusions, DJ Travella’s cyber-singeli update lends more space and colour to the format while holding fast to its breakneck torque and peaktime mania. Thru the prism of Fruity Loops DAW he meshes blistering traditional melody with snippets of film music and hyperwavey ATL top-lines in an urgent, sexy style the label aptly compare to “Timbaland conjuring a Thunderdome soundtrack for a Tanzanian street party”, and which remarkably resembles the upfront rudeness of NE english Monta Musica, Latin paso doble styles, or DJ Diaki’s rabid Malian Balani for that matter.
Between the full frontal rave alarm of ‘Crazy Beat Music Umeme 1’ with its hyper-Timbo strings, to the set’s relatively slower, sensuous highlight ‘London Jomon Beat’, the levels are blazing high between the seesaw synth bite and Chicago percolator sounds of ‘FL Beat’, the hardstyle helter-skelter of ‘Crazy Beat Music Umeme 2’, and the sped up Bollywood-like chirrup of ‘Tambasana’, with melodies that will light up the cowie jaws on ‘Dope2’ and proper, heads-down killers on ‘Good Beat’ or the frenetic jigginess of ‘Kaz0’.
It’s all nutty and exhilarating in thee best way = Unmissable!