Singeli music is a Tanzanian form of intense, underground electronic music. Dominating the nightlife of Dar es Salaam, I was intrigued when finding out more about the culture through Ugandan label Nyege Nyege Tapes – the go to place for underground, DIY African electronic music. One of Singeli’s pioneers is a man called Duke, who has released a brand new album called Uingizaji Hewa.
With its high pace and aggressive, punk-like energy, this project really stands out to me for it’s sampling and hip-hop influence. Percussion and synths are layered over crazy, high-intensity production. Tracks like “Naona Iaaah” feature crazy, heavy vocals from MCZO & Don Tach, who bring out such energy to the music. With the warped, futuristic production, this album is quite an experience. “M Lap” features crazy vocals from Dogo Lizzi in an 8-minute banger. The frantic energy does not drop one bit throughout the album, and the eclectic production makes it one of the most intriguing releases of the year along with the new Sisso album Mateso. I recommend this release and Singeli music 100% and I hope more people become familiar with this style of music.
Listen to Duke’s incredible new album Uingizaji Hewa below via Bandcamp and don’t forget to support! Released via Nyege Nyege Tapes.