Exclusive first listen of the producer DJ's debut LP, inspired by Bantu-Kongo cosmology
7 Directions is the first full length record by Congolese born, Belgian raised sound activist and electronic producer Melika Ngombe Kolongo aka Nkisi. The album, released by Lee Gamble's UIQ imprint, explores African polyrhythms through a contemporary club music lens, while interpreting Congolese scholar Dr Kimbwandende Kia Bunseki Fu-Kiau's writings on Bantu-Kongo cosmology.
“When we hear before we see, voice and sound waves interplay between consciousness and hallucinations,” says Nkisi. “Allowing the rhythmic to experiment with conditions of perception, disrupting predetermined expectations… Through manipulating rhythm, we create movements of energy… this energy determines collective behaviour and allows for new ways of producing knowledge.”
Nkisi took The Wire's Invisible Jukebox test in issue 417, which subscribers can read via the online archive.
The Wire will host a live Q+A with Nkisi at the Bleep X store in Dalston, London, on 18 January, also the album's release date. 7 Directions is ready for pre-order now.