A gripping fusion of traditional African song and electronica, Assembly is a masterpiece created by Tanzanian singer Dr.
A gripping fusion of traditional African song and electronica, Assembly is a masterpiece created by Tanzanian singer Dr. Hukwe Zawose and Canadian musician/producer Michael Brook. Zawose brought the music of the Wagogo people to the sessions. His vocal performance, singing in the Kigogo tongue as well as Swahili, is inspiring. Brook is an electronica savant, well-known for his work with Brian Eno, Youssou N'Dour, and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. Zawose's Tanzanian songs are elemental, yet suggest almost endless mix possibilities. Brook absolutely caught the wave, providing an amazing array of textures and rhythmic ideas to supplant Zawose's songs, resulting in tracks as distinctive as the tribal-electronica of "Ntambalize Lijenje," the crisp funk of "Chilumi Cha Kwetu" and "Awuno Mganga Ndeje" (enlivened by the considerable punch of Lee Thornberg's brass), and the ambient vibe of "Songa Mbele." Distributed by Narada.—PVV