Bolting Bits favorite Ben Gomori, the label head of Sterns Edits, is once again coming out with a new edition of his official Afro Edit series where he and others produce house-friendly versions of some of the best African-influenced music from around the world. For his 5th edition, Mr. Gomori has decided to rework the talented band Yabba Funk, who are a group of musicians and friends that formed together in 2006 in Brixton. Throughout their time together, they have released two albums with Sterns Music and have performed numerous acclaimed live shows — including support slots for Seun Kuti and Ebo Taylor.
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This EP includes an edit and dub from Mr. Gomori himself of Yaaba Funk’s track “Hwe Hwe Mu Na Yi Wompena.” However, the tune we are spotlighting today comes from Danvers, one half of the duo Kassian, who has been tearing it up on his own on labels such as Curve Records, Boogie Cafe, and Ben’s other imprint Monologues. In his latest effort, Danvers takes the infectious energy of “Oman Foa” into a triumphant new direction, with one of his broken beat rhythms at its core — recalling his big summer track ‘Aye Ata’ which received heavy support from the likes of Gilles Peterson and Midland. With a succinct arrangement that lets the joyous brass and powerfully harmonized vocals shine potently, it’s feel-good party music that works wonders when deployed at the right place and time.
To get your hands on this edit, as well as the always sublime work from Ben Gomori, make sure to pre-order your copy here! The release is expected to come out on March 1st!