LADY AICHA & PISKO CRANE'S ORIGINAL FULU MIZIKI OF KINSHASA 'N'Djila Wa Mudujimu' LP Cover
LADY AICHA & PISKO CRANE'S ORIGINAL FULU MIZIKI OF KINSHASA 'N'Djila Wa Mudujimu' 12" LP Black vinyl
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LADY AICHA & PISKO CRANE'S ORIGINAL FULU MIZIKI OF KINSHASA 'N'Djila Wa Mudujimu'

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In 2003, PISKO CRANE assembled a six-piece band from motivated and talented like minds in the Kinshasa slums where he grew up. PISKO had been involved with a handful of local rap acts when he was younger, but after meeting legendary instrument builder Bebson De La Rue, he was inspired to follow a new path. He set about building instruments from the discarded trash that surrounded his city: bits of old computers or oil cans were fashioned into bass guitars and drums, and keyboards were bashed together using springs, metal pipes, and offcuts of tubing. If there was a core philosophy that guided PISKO at this stage in his journey, it was that everyone should have access to instruments, no matter where they come from or what their budget might be. And following in the footsteps of Bebson, PISKO locked into a Congolese tradition that touches on the eccentric genius of globally lauded artists like Konono Nº1 and Staff Benda Bilili. Over the years, FULU MIZIKI's notoriety grew in the Kinshasa underground – their utopian vision of the future was infectious. Eventually, they were joined by performance artist, sculptor and fashion designer LADY AICHA, who offered the band unique colour and a soulful central focus. Influenced by Kinshasa's street performance scene, Aisha helped the band devise vivid masks and costumes that were as electric and singular as the instruments they played, and the scene was set. In 2020, as the world was plunged into lockdown, footage of FULU MIZIKI went viral and their star began to grow exponentially, with a video of the band preforming the track "Tikanga" racking up millions of views on Facebook. The band used this opportunity to work on documenting their sound, and shored up at the Nyege Nyege studios in Kampala for a year to assemble a definitive album. Recorded by HHY & The Macumbas' Jonathan Saldanha, this record captures the band's furiously innovative mixture of industrial sonics, spiritual jazz, punk, and Congolese soukous pressure.