South African drummer Tumi Mogorosi announces new album & shares new single

Photo by Andile Buka.

A triple-headed threat is what we have here as South African drummer and composer Tumi Mogorosi connects with Johannesburg label Mushroom Hour Half Hour freshly minted UK imprint New Soil.

You’ve probably heard Mogorosi’s virtuoso drum work without actually knowing it because the talented stickman has lent his skills to Shabaka & The Ancestors, and The Wretched, who featured on Brownswood’s acclaimed South African showcase, Indaba Is.

Mogorosi will follow up his 2014 solo album, Project ELO, with his new album, Group Theory: Black Music, which arrives on 8th July. Alongside the news, he blesses us with the lead single, The Fall.

With a choral sound reminiscent of Max Roach, Andrew Hill, and Billy Harper, the track is heartfelt with a strong sense of positivity, a combination of the vibrancy of the musicians and a stirring nine-person choir.

Tumi says that “The Fall signifies a moment of great devastation; the devastation of a fall from grace, or the violence of the lived experience of Black people globally. The Fall can also be an articulation – through Black Music – of black life lived under duress.”

The track is a gem, so it goes without saying we are looking forward to hearing the rest of the album!

Pre-order Group Theory: Black Music on LP, CD & Digital DL here.

Label: Mushroom Hour x New Soil

CF Smith

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