Black Acre, the record label responsible for Romare‘s Meditations On Afrocentrism, have most recently introduced us to Clap! Clap! — the experimental afro-electro project from Italian jazz musician Cristiano Crisci. Back in February Clap! Clap! dropped his Tambacounda EP, a collage of African audio samples, cow bells and heart racing drum beats which made it to NPR’s Best Dance Tracks of the Month list. The EP’s standout track ”Elon Mentana” is a dubbed-out masterpiece which playfully toys with tempo and pitch, produced with the help of DJ Khalab (also one half of this audio-visual collaboration with Malian master of the talking drum Baba Sissoko). Tambacounda, which you can stream in full on the youtube channel below, is out now via Black Acre Records.
Finding Fela!, a documentary on the intertwined roles of music & political expression in the life of afrobeat creator Fela Kuti will be premiering at the upcoming 30th edition of the Sundance Film Festival. Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney [Taxi To The Dark Side (2007), Enron: The Smartest Guys In The Room (2005), Gonzo (2008)] took charge of the Fela documentary feature.
Gibney describes Finding Fela! as “looking at [Fela] in the past and the attempt to recreate his magic in the present as a way of finding the essence of what made him tick, and why we care about him so much still so many years afterwards.” The documentary was produced by Jigsaw Productions alongside Okayafrica/Okayplayer & Knitting Factory Entertainment among others. Stay tuned to this space for more information on the picture and, in the meantime, check out our additional Sundance 2014 recommendations.