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WEMA
Artist
WEMA
Label
!K7 Records
Catalogue Number
K7403DD
Release Date
April 29, 2022

For WEMA, collaboration is a state of mind. The five-piece collective – consisting of Tanzanian multi-instrumentalist 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 world-embracing 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, dancefloor-indebted blend of traditional Tanzanian music, Afro-Latin 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 Track List

  1. 1 WEMA SONG 5:22 Buy

    WEMA SONG

  2. 2 LUANJE PT. 1 4:46 Buy

    LUANJE PT. 1

  3. 3 LUANJE PT. 2 4:06 Buy

    LUANJE PT. 2

  4. 4 KIHEREHERE 3:50 Buy

    KIHEREHERE

  5. 5 ZEZE 4:15 Buy

    ZEZE

  6. 6 KIHEREHERE SLOW 5:13 Buy

    KIHEREHERE SLOW

  7. 7 KANDE 3:27 Buy

    KANDE

  8. 8 BENDIR BENDIR ! 2:38 Buy

    BENDIR BENDIR !

  9. 9 PEPOTE PT. 1 3:50 Buy

    PEPOTE PT. 1

  10. 10 PEPOTE PT. 2 5:50 Buy

    PEPOTE PT. 2

  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

    WEMA OUTRO

Track List: 2LP

A1: WEMA SONG
A2: LUANJE PT. 1
A3: LUANJE PT. 2

B1: KIHEREHERE
B2: ZEZE
B3: KIHEREHERE SLOW

C1: KANDE
C2: BENDIR BENDIR !
C4: PEPOTE PT. 1
C4: PEPOTE PT. 2

D1: MSAFIRI JAM PT. 1
D2: MSAFIRI JAM PT. 2
D3: WEMA OUTRO

Track List: CD

01: WEMA SONG
02: LUANJE PT. 1
03: LUANJE PT. 2
04: KIHEREHERE
05: ZEZE
06: KIHEREHERE SLOW
07: KANDE
08: BENDIR BENDIR !
09: PEPOTE PT. 1
10: PEPOTE PT. 2
11: MSAFIRI JAM PT. 1
12: MSAFIRI JAM PT. 2
13: WEMA OUTRO

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