Kawuku Sound is the coming together of UK producers Contours & Cervo and Ugandan percussion troupe Fonkodelis Arkestra. This is the culmination of a month-long creative process that was born out of the Nyege Nyege affiliated Boutiq Studio in Kawuku, Kampala, Uganda.
The music was written and recorded in this shared residency space, home to musicians and visual artists from all over East Africa and beyond and a hub for Kampala’s underground electronic music scene. Boutiq Studio’s DIY mentality provided the perfect environment for experimentation, allowing the fusion of these disparate sounds.
Kawuku Sound is a reflection of this, merging the hypnotic and trance-inducing percussion of Buganda drumming with elements of contemporary electronics and traditional instrumentation.
This the first album release to come out on Manchester imprint Banana Hill as they continue to push the boundaries of afro-electronic sounds.
released October 8, 2018
Martin Juicely Fonkody Fokoto - Engalabi
Kalule Omutaba - Djembe, Engalabi
Alfred Makanga Fonkodee - Djembe, Engalabi
Jnilo Jally - Namunjoloba
Conelious Okuma Temajo - Shakers
Leo Palayeng Kenna - Adungu
Wasswa Muhamadi - Soprano Saxophone
Spyda MC - Vocals
Peter Power - Bansuri
Peter Jones - Studio Engineer
Tom Burford - Bakisimba, Namunjoloba, Percussion, Synths, Dub FX, Production, Studio Engineer
Chris Knight - Synths, Dub FX, Production, Field Recording, Studio Engineer
Recorded in September 2017 at Boutiq Studios, Kampala.
Composed by Tom Burford, Chris Knight and the Fonkodelis Arkestra. Engineered by Tom Burford, Chris Knight and Pete Jones.
Mixed by Tom Burford & Chris Knight.
Artwork by Nuwa Wamala Nnyanzi (Nnyanzi Art Studio, Kampala). Arranged by Bethany Porteous.
Facilitated by Nyege Nyege Tapes.
Funded by Arts Council England.