Ever since my first hand introduction to the hyper-fast South African dance music Shangaan Electro, I’ve been in contact with Nozinja, the kingpin/producer/A&R/label and all-round good guy responsible for taking the music of Limpopo to the world.
Warp Records released an album from Nozinja this year called Nozinja Lodge but while the music remains on its own shelf, the music has been picked apart and reconstructed by European and American producers like Tessela, Pollyn, MMM, Anthony Shake Shakir and Oni Ayhun and more.
For his latest cross-continent collaboration, Nozinja has teamed up with Mumdance, Micachu and Tirzah on a limited release for the Vinyl Factory, and recorded live as part of Doug Aitken’s ‘Station to Station’ project, ‘Thinking Of You’ is a glimpse into what Nozinja’s frenetic African rhythms can do with the another culture, in this case, adding a more understandable dimension for English speakers.
Watch the making of the track:
Niall Byrne is the founder of the most-influential Irish music site Nialler9, where he has been writing about music since 2005 . He is the cohost of the Nialler9 Podcast and has written for the Irish Times, Irish Independent, Cara Magazine, Sunday Times, Totally Dublin, Red Bull and more. Niall is a DJ, founder of Lumo Club, event curator and producer of gigs, parties & events.