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Artist
WEMA
ReleaseProduct
WEMA
Label
!K7 Records
Catalogue Number
K7403DD
Release Date
April 29, 2022
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For WEMA, collaboration is a state of mind. The fivepiece collective – consisting of Tanzanian multiinstrumentalist Msafiri Zawose, producer Photay and Penya members Magnus P.I, Lilli Elina and Jimmy le Messurier – is an artistic pursuit founded on community;a space in which to harness the transformative power of connection. Translated from Swahili, ‘wema’ means kindness and benevolence – virtues that lie at the core of the project, and are reflected in the group’s worldembracing approach to music. “WEMA is a state of gratitude and belief, without sorrow or grief. It’s about giving your entire heart,” Msafiri declares.

The self-titled album is an intoxicating, dancefloorindebted blend of traditional Tanzanian music, AfroLatin rhythms and experimental electronic music, with the majority of lyrics sung in Swahili and Spanish. It’s a smorgasbord of sounds, moods and textures that call on the very ethos of the band; the pursuit of cohesion and togetherness in a fractured world. Through this lens, WEMA is a near-

spiritual listen, invoking the sacred sounds of their global influences. The tape-delayed vocal samples and sparse industrial clangs of Kande are reminiscent of the kind of deconstructed beats you might find in a closing club set. Bendir Bendir’s pointillist soundscapes are juxtaposed with a warm chorus of Msafiri’s layered harmonies. Msafiri Jam Pt 2, with its uptempo percussion and atmospheric background noise, features the undulating hornwork of groundbreaking Afro-Cuban trumpeter Yelfris Valdes. There’s a palpable optimism running through WEMA; it’s raw, unfiltered music that is as danceable as it is soul-stirring.

Digital Tracklist

  1. 1 WEMA SONG 5:22 Buy
  2. 2 LUANJE PT. 1 4:46 Buy
  3. 3 LUANJE PT. 2 4:06 Buy
  4. 4 KIHEREHERE 3:50 Buy
  5. 5 ZEZE 4:15 Buy
  6. 6 KIHEREHERE SLOW 5:13 Buy

    KIHEREHERE SLOW

  7. 7 KANDE 3:27 Buy
  8. 8 BENDIR BENDIR ! 2:38 Buy

    BENDIR BENDIR !

  9. 9 PEPOTE PT. 1 3:50 Buy
  10. 10 PEPOTE PT. 2 5:50 Buy
  11. 11 MSAFIRI JAM PT. 1 5:42 Buy

    MSAFIRI JAM PT. 1

  12. 12 MSAFIRI JAM PT. 2 5:30 Buy

    MSAFIRI JAM PT. 2

  13. 13 WEMA OUTRO 1:54 Buy

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