Electro Acholi Kaboom From Northern Uganda
Following on from releases from Otim Alphas retrospective, Gulu City Anthems and Langi Griot Ekukas first ever release to the outside world; Nyege Nyege Tapes continues its archeology of Luo sonic culture with this 15 track compilation exploring the birth of Electronic Acholi dance music in Northern Uganda.
The electronic re-interpretation of traditional Acholi courtship songs began in Northern Uganda, primarily in the cities of Gulu and Lira around 2003, when Northern Uganda was still mired in a brutal civil war at huge human cost to the civilian population. This album compiles 15 tracks from the scenes heyday between 2003- 2008 all recorded in various studios in those two cities.
First performed at weddings, they replaced the much larger traditional Larakaraka bands that under war time conditions had become too costly for many newly weds to afford (troupes could consist up to 25 members). Young producers around the time using fruity loops formed recording studios that offered all inclusive packages where they would write a song for a newly wedded couple and then film the wedding and also perform the commissioned song at the ceremony.
Early pioneers of the genre included Leo Palayeng, who founded 2Kleen recording studio, Opiyo Twongweno who still runs the ever active GPS (Glory of God production Studio) and made a successful career as a singer too, Producer Ronnie of Diamond Studio, the late Producer Lumix of Valley Curve Studios, Bosmic Otim, who founded the Sound Beats Studio and North Studio Muze B from Lira.
The sound these producers first made on their computers followed closely the traditional variants that were performed with a range of percussion, calabashes , ankle bells and call and response vocals, but the tempos we sped up with pounding drum machine poly-rhythms in a sort of hypnotic, minimalist delirium.
The sound quickly spread into the local nightclubs around Gulu like the Alobo Night Club and the Opit Travelers inn. To this day, Electro Acholi provides the soundtrack to these cities nightlife in weekly Luo themed nights at clubs such as Pier 2 and Signature club.
This compilation brings together for the first time 15 hard to find classics of the genre featuring some of the most renowned vocalists at the time including Bosmic Otim, Jeff Kornodo, Tabu Busy Body, Zing Zang and City Boy and Otim Alpha. Mastered by Dubplates & Mastering Berlin and presented in a limited edition double clear vinyl edition.