19/12/2023Nigerian Yoruba Percussionist Wura Samba Joins Forces W/ Berlin's Gebrüder Teichmann On High-Octane Two-Tracker

Back in 2012/2013, Berlin's multitalented electronic DJ/producer duo Gebrüder Teichmann – aka brothers Andi and Hannes Teichmann – travelled to the Nigerian city of Lagos to take part in the TEN CITIES project, bringing together musicians/producers from five cities in Europe (Berlin, Bristol, Kiev, Lisbon and Naples) and five cities in Africa (Cairo, Johannesburg, Lagos, Luanda and Nairobi) and resulting in a collaborative V.A. compilation on Soundway Records. It was there that they met the Nigerian Yoruba percussionist Abiodun "Wura Samba" Oke, a specialist of the traditional seven-man 'Wurasamba' drum ensemble. "The name Wurasamba is derived from a combination of the Yoruba word for gold and the samba drums."

Wura Samba and Gebrüder Teichmann released their debut EP "2 Cities / Berlin - Lagos" on the Teichmann brothers' Noland imprint back in 2019 and recently returned with a heavy new two-track collaborative effort titled "Gudugudu", which we did not want to deprive you of. "Gudugudu" ups the tempo and the playing time, bringing us yet another high-octane recording combining "the energy of Wura Samba's Yoruba drumming and chants with jacking raw analogue live electronics, live sampling and processing by Gebrüder Teichmann." A veritable master class in playful improvisation and on-stage communication, "Gudugudu" extends a direct invitation to dance that will draw you deeper down the rabbit hole with every listen. 

The A-side brings us "Iba Eledua", a bona fide tour de force that takes no prisoners and embarks on an intricate beat and rolling bassline, before Wura Samba's commanding vocals provide some necessary context and set the captivating, wonderfully melodic tone, a mantric high that will carry listeners for the ensuing nine minutes. On the flip we find a track called "Eniyan Bi Aparo" inspired by a classical Yoruba tune from multi-award-winning Nigerian artist Tunji Oyelana. Equally unwavering from a percussive standpoint, this thumping ten-minute reinterpretation marked by Wura Samba's reoccurring vocal interjections is not for the faint of heart and no doubt club material that should play out well in the later ours of the night. That being said, we can't wait to see what this puissant pairing has in store for us next. 

AUTHOR: Lev Nordstrom