ZAZOU BIKAYE | Na Kenda

ZAZOU BIKAYE

na kenda


Label: Ensemble

Format: 12" Import
Cat: ENS008

acid afro dub house techno


PREVIEWS

A1. Na Kenda (Afro-acid Mix)
A2. Na Kenda (Techno Dub)
B1. Guilty
B2. Ba Wela

RELEASE NOTES

Reissue of Zazou's club banger. Two different mixes of Na Kenda here. On the flip you'll find bonus track ''Ba Wela'' taken from the album ''Guilty''.

It’s not often a track still sounds forward thinking three decades after its original release. Enter 1988's “Na Kenda”.

The alliance between Congolese musician / vocalist Bony Bikaye and French composer Hector Zazou starts in 1983 with the acclaimed 'Noir et Blanc' album recorded with experimentalists CY1. Zazou Bikaye becomes a touring band, their music shifts towards a unique brand of electronic afro-funk. In `85, mini-album "Mr Manager" follows. Three years later their last joint effort “Guilty” sees the light of day, an LP joining the dots between white funk, Zairean rumba and robotic beats. When Crammed’s Marc Hollander picks the title track for single release, the magic happens on the B-side. Looking for something special, Hollander and partner in crime Vincent Kenis dig out the multitrack of unreleased, 1986 recorded “Le Menteur”. The Mr. Big Mouse duo twist the track and add futuristic drums until it sounds like nothing out there. “Na Kenda” is born. During mixdown, the pair generate a second version, the more minimal, dubby and gritty “Techno Dub”. Both incarnations grace the flipside of the (now sought after) “Guilty” 12 inch.