Daniel Haaksman ‘African Fabrics’ feat.Spoek Mathambo, Bulldozer, Dotorado and DJ Spoko in full – Out Now
The prolific producer and Man Recordings label’s head (responsible for the international development of Baile Funk) explained about the album: “African Fabrics is about my interpretation of current music from Africa and my very own cross-blendings with other music styles such as juke, trap, UK funky or techno which makes it special.”
1. AKABONGI FT. SPOEK MATHAMBO, 2. SEMBIÈNE, 3. KAGGUA FT. KU BO + TSHILA, 4. RENAME THE STREETS, 5. SABADO FT. BULLDOZER, 6. BLACK COFFEE FT. DAMO DO BLING, 7. XINGUILA FT. THROES + THE SHINE, 8. AHO, 9. AFRIKA FT. TONY AMADO + GUERANE, 10. RAINDROPS, 11. QUERIDO FT. BULLDOZER
‘Few individuals can claim to have done so much for musical exchange across the globe as Berlin based DJ, producer, journalist and label boss Daniel Haaksman’ – Resident Advisor
Daniel Haaksman, Berlin-based DJ, producer, journalist and label boss, returns with his unique culture clash sound in his new album ‘African Fabrics’, due for release on 26th February via Man Recordings.
This hotly anticipated second studio album represents another jewel in the crown of Haaksman’s prolific career, spent both creating his own music and furthering musical exchange across the globe. Whilst acknowledging the African roots of the album, the title pays homage to British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare, whose work consists of draping African fabrics on Victorian figures in a reflection on colonialism and post-colonialism. These fabrics, although often synonymous with the African continent, represent the complex political and economical interplay between Africa, Europe and the world. Haaksman’s aesthetic mirrors this, by synthesising internet and street market finds with the current bass music styles of the northern hemisphere to deliver a distinctive combination of sounds. In a further demonstration of his theme, each track is accompanied by one of twelve individual pieces of artwork, designed by 2009 Venice Biennale Golden Lion winner, Tobias Rehberger, and inspired by the African fabrics of the album’s title.
The light-hearted and infectious ‘Akabongi’ kicks off the album with a colourful splash of tropical tones in a new version of the South African pop hit by The Soul Brothers, recorded by Haaksman with infamous South African rapper Spoek Mathambo in Zulu. The bass-heavy Congo funk track, ‘Sembène’, then pays homage to Senegalese writer and filmmaker Ousmae Sembène with deep xylophonic bass, layered guitar riffs and buoyant synths. Ugandan singer Tshila ups the tempo in pumping party track ‘Kaggua’, whilst the lyricism of Mozambican rapper Dama Do Bling marks the midway point of the album by bringing the heat in the pounding, percussion-heavy ‘Black Coffee’.
Throughout the LP, Haaksman demonstrates an impressive flair for mashing together genres; such as by combining punk energy with the bass and rap flow of Kuduro music with a guest appearance from Portuguese-Angolan band Throes + The Shine in the electrifying ‘Xinguila’, and blending the sounds of a street choir from Harare with the footwork groove of Chicago in the glitchy ‘Aho’. The father of Kuduro, Tony Amado, puts in an appearance alongside Mozambican singer Alcindah Guerane in atmospheric laser-synth-laden, ‘Afrika’, which explores the history of Africa from slavery to present. Penultimate track ‘Raindrops’ features Haaksman’s unmistakable Berlin electronica take on a Zimbabwean marimba song, before ‘Querido’ rounds off the album with an introduction worthy of the Rolling Stones, which develops into contrasting catchy percussion, xylophonic synths, tight bass and a wall of guitar sound from Colombian champeta guitarist Bulldozer.