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Uwami [Awesome Tapes From Africa, 2021]
Is it gqom? Or is it amapiano? Or somehow both? Eight thousand miles from this 20-year-old beatmaker's Pretoria base, do I know enough to claim I care? Nah. Early on minimal as opposed to minimalist melodic content is provided by digital maneuvers or devices that thrum more than they drum much less clatter, kind of like a bass only not really, with the fundamental pulse usually provided by what could pass for a brushed snare. Other sounds include teenagers singing or chanting, a male or female teen going heh-heh, an adult male or facsimile singing-chanting actual lyrics echoed by a much younger voice singing-chanting. Markedly abstract, I admit. Reliably delightful, I insist. Plus you can dance to it if you have the skills, I assume. A