FROM MUSIC COMES HARMONY
HARMONY BRINGS BALANCE
BALANCE RESTORES PEACE
Enter the heart of drums ..
With obvious intent Nui and Simon set out to create an album that encompasses all of their influences and experiences as musicians and journeymen in the world of African inspired rhythm and sound and have arrived at a work that is at once global, innovative and deeply funky !
It’s been an incredible journey that has taken them from the wilds of the northern hinterlands of New South Wales in Australia to the dreamy secret gardens of Marrakesh, from the onsite recordings of Afro-Cuban choirs of Havana, to the Gnawa street sounds of Moroccan medinas.
Nui and Simon have traversed the globe to create these recordings and have collected diverse and international group of artists to collaborate with in the making of Heart of Drums.
Artists such as Cazeaux Oslo, who is an African-American Mc and vocalist hailing from California.
Olugbade Okunade , Nigerian trumpeter and vocalist , was formerly a member of the Femi Kuti Positive Force band.
Members of Clave y Guaguanco, One of Cuba’s foremost folkloric groups, who have been around since the 60’s.
Lalita Yagnik, Portuguese Speaking Indian, vocalist and martial artist.
Radouan Naim, Traditional Moroccan vocalist and instrumentalist .
Close Counters, Australian Up and coming Electronic duo.
Digital Afrika is made up of two main protagonists:
Zhonu ‘Nui” Moon (Future Roots)
An African-Australian producer, percussionist and Dj that has performed and recorded all over the world.
With a strong focus on African music,He has worked with the likes of Femi Kuti , Mulatu Astake and Tony Allen.
And Simon Durrington (Si Fixion ) who is an Australian based producer, keys player and DJ. With extensive experience of working with Melanesian , Indian and world musicians.
Drawing on these influences, Si weaves these styles together seamlessly with his unique high quality electronic production.
This album ‘Heart of Drums’ is a synergy of lush analog electronica and fiery African percussion, vocals and instrumentation.
With occasional reinvented throwbacks to the Disco and Funk era as well as forward thinking Afro-futuristic Record bag essentials, Heart of Drums really brings the party!
These are constructed dance floor motivators for any environment.
The artwork for this record deserves special mention as the mask was handcrafted by the interesting and talented artist Ju Mu Monster. Based in Berlin, the studied fashion designer creates colourful, wildly dancing image-worlds, in which beings from diverse cultures are combined with shamanism and spiritual worlds. Her enchanting works of art include murals and canvases as well as magical masks.
All tracks produced and arranged by Zhonu (Nui) Moon & Simon Durrington
Published: 23rd March 2022