After a summer of touring the best of the summer festivals, from Glastonbury, Boomtown, Ibiza and Montreal, Saronde are proud to present their new single.
The BH label founders have travelled across Africa recording contemporary artists, sampling the vintage ILAM archive and fusing modern music production. This time they’re joined by Boys Ride Bikes who has remixed single ‘Kilamu’ increasing the bpm to create a hypnotic, multi-coloured landscape to journey through, with original vocals sampled from the archive mixed with a contemporary rap by Blinky Bill and a healing-vibes chorus from Idd Aziz, both hot from Nairobi.
New single ‘Shitongolwa’ is an up-tempo slice of pure joy. Highlife guitar and an uplifting Wanga (Kenya) vocal are fused with contemporary drums and bass. A real feel good track that has been bringing positivity, smiling faces and lots of high energy stomping to dance floors all summer.
Kouslin (Le Chatroom) turns in a Bangerr of a remix of Shitongolwa. Stuttering drums building with cut up vocals and effects, turn this into a peak time energetic Afro House bomb.
The Beating Heart label spurs a new wave of collaboration between Africa and the rest of the world, by using an untapped archive of 70-year-old field recordings housed at the International Library of African Music (ILAM) founded by ethnomusicologist Hugh Tracey.