Oya Oya Oya
Even if you followed the media for a few seconds over the past few months, you will have seen that the concept of two worlds colliding often causes problems. On this new album by Mim Suleiman, they live in sweet harmony. Dera revolves around the concept of mixing Maurice Fulton’s studio prowess with the Tanzanian singer’s startling vocal range. From the DJ QU-style dense percussive house of “Tutapona” and “Uvivu”, where Suleiman warbles seductively over wailing violins, into the high-paced electro funk and nattering vocal samples of “Wazanzibari” and “Furahi” and the appropriation of Chicago house on “Yako Nde”, Adera Dera is a heady serving of social and sonic engineering.