Rwandance – Andi Otto’s electronic excursion into East Africa

Rwandance - Andi Otto's electronic excursion into East Africa.

Boundary-pushing composer and sound designer Andi Otto is releasing a new album ‘Rwandance’ next month via Shika Shika. 

The forthcoming project is a collaboration between Rwandan dancer and musician Evariste Karinganire.

The new record sees Otto move into an exciting new musical territory – born out of a meeting between Karinganire, while collaborating for the music of dance piece Planet Kigali.

“The idea was to first listen to a music archive of songs and instrumental recordings of instruments from Rwanda. Then I tried to transform this material into my own sound. I was mesmerised from the very first moment when I heard this beautiful language: Kinyarwanda alongside these instruments like the Umuduri a percussive bow instrument, and rhythmical structures, like the 5/4 and 3/4 feelings which are the basis of many songs.” 

‘Rwandance’ follows Otto’s collaborations with Indian singer and actress M.D. Pallavi and his ‘Via’ and ‘Bow Wave’ projects.

We can’t wait to hear what this paring bring with the rest of the LP which arrives on October 4th.

For now, though, listen to the first preview titled ‘Igisasa’ featuring Karinganire below.

Igisasa (ft. Evariste Karinganire) by Andi Otto is out now. Buy from Bandcamp.

CF Smith

Write for Music Is My Sanctuary & Stereofox.

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