Sisso
Mateso
Nyege Nyege Tapes
/
2019
Includes Instant Download
LP (color)
20.49
NNT012
Ltd. to 300 copies, green vinyl
Incl. VAT plus shipping / Orders from outside the EU are exempt from VAT
Tracklist
1Biti No 5 5:03
2Biti No 7 3:54
3Biti No 15 6:36
4Hatari 4:15
5Biti No 1 4:58
6Mateso 4:05
7Sisso Sisso 4:14
8New Bit 4:17
9Aran (Digital Bonus)3:36
10Chaka (Digital Bonus)4:27
116 (Digital Bonus)4:52
12Chafu (Digital Bonus)4:38
13Pita Kapita (Digital Bonus)4:13
14Nyege Nyege (Digital Bonus)6:14
15Chakiki (Digital Bonus)3:19
16Tekenye (Digital Bonus)3:36

Nyege Nyege Tapes’ revelatory 1st Singeli series culminates with a rush from scene bossman Mohamed Hamza Ally aka Sisso, whose studio in Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania is the epicentre of the world’s most thrilling, punkish new dance style

Arriving after incendiary instalments in 2018 by Bamba Pana, Jay Mitta, and Duke, and the introductory ‘Sounds of Sisso’ compilation in 2017, the ‘Mateso’ album pulls focus back to the scene’s lynchpin with 8 none-more-compelling cuts of breakneck loops and helter skelter riffs on vinyl, supplemented by a tape with equally exhilarating bonus material awaiting quick clickers and dancers.

The collected 16 tracks chronicle Sisso’s work over the past four years, spanning a period after his informal studio in the sprawling ghettos of Dar-Es-Salaam grew from a small shack selling DVDs and MP3s, to come to catalyse countless new releases from local producers such as Bamba Pana, DJ Longo, and Balotelli, as well as a wave of new MC’s including Makavelli, Cad Reedah, Anti Virus, Dogo Muchi, Dogo Mjanja, Rehema Tajiri, and Yung Yuda.

Sisso’s productions epitomise Singeli’s hyperlocal scenius, distilling the vitality and struggle of life of the fringes of the Swahili-speaking world’s most populous city, into a unique music which seems to reflect the idea of keeping a cool head in frenetic situations. Between his ratchet rhythms and pitched-up melodies there’s a sublime, unresolved tension at play, where the music feels to accelerate so fast that dancers are glyding, sustaining a breathlessly “up” effect that uncannily recalls mid ‘90s UK Happy Hardcore as much as Chicago Footwork, Caribbean Soca and Shangaan Disco, yet with a psychotomimetic appeal all of its own.

The tracks on ‘Mateso’ are no doubt some of Singeli’s most potently direct and crafty, circling from proper knees-up whirligigs to hyper, laser-riffing funk, ecstatic choral cut-ups and hard but super-sweet steppers that will spark off any up-for-it dance the world over.