Malawi-born, Norway-based maestro Drew Moyo moved away from his more usual afro-house style on his most recent EP. In fact, he moved into new territory completely, basically inventing an entirely new genre. ‘Vimbuza’, which also gives the EP its name, is described as a fusion of a traditional Voodoo healing dance from northern Malawi and electronic dance music.
“This particular drum of Vimbuza is believed to be a special calling from the ancestors”, Drew Moyo explains, “and in those days the one to play the drum was believed to be in contact with the spirits”. If that sounds interesting on paper, it sounds even better in practice.
Released by Beating Heart (whose archive of African field recordings we’ll be telling you more about soon), Vimbuza is a vibrant, vital record that fuses tribal samples to irresistible slabs of bass. Listen to the opener ‘Chifundo’, named after a drum played by the Tonga tribe in Malawi, then head here to buy the rest (proceeds go towards the Women’s Legal Centre in Cape Town and Johannesburg and the AMP music school in Grahamstown).