Boomkat Product Review:
A result of the flowering links between Ugandan music and the UK, the début record by Kampala’s Mubashira Mataali Group showcases an hypnotic style of mataali drum music on Blip Discs.
Four tracks of rolling rhythmelody feature the captivating vocals of musician/filmstar Sulaiman Sulait against backing vocal harmonies, sung and almost rapped in devotion to Islam.
Emaali Ya Bamulekwa (Orphan’s Property) opens their account with a bounce that carries into the percolated patter of Kulika Hijja (Welcome Back From The Holy Pilgrimage), whereas Mutume Nabbi (Prophet Muhammad) holds to a slower, swanging groove with more urgent call-and-response vocals, and, best of all the swingeing Obufumbo Bwa Kati (Today’s Marriage) Pt.1 works out its syncopation hingeing around a tuff bass and entrancing vox.
Listen to it with your body: we’re sure you’ll agree Mubashira Mataali Group’s traction is inexorable.