After announcing their 12″ EP Mama Waliwamanyii along with the exhilarating title track earlier this month, Ugandan rapper MC Yallah and producer Eomac (one half of acclaimed electronic duo Lakker) have today shared the darker, brooding sounding ‘Kakana’, ahead of the EP’s release this Friday, 3rd July via Phantom Limb.
‘Kakana’ translates to “calm down” in response to the criticism Yallah has faced as an outspoken, independent MC in her local scene. Eomac’s spacious, creeping synth lines burn and glow with simmering anticipation while Yallah’s breakneck delivery in her native Luganda language fills in the percussive gaps with rapid poetry over the dark techno, industrial sonics laid down by Eomac.
Check it out, here
The EP is available from the duos bandcamp
A1. Mama Waliwamanyii
B1. Mama Waliwamanyii [instrumental]
B2. Kakana [instrumental]
MC Yallah is of Kenyan heritage, but born and raised in Kampala, where she is a key member of the much-celebrated Nyege Nyege crew. Her debut release – a collaboration with producer Debmaster, surfaced in 2019 on Nyege’s Hakuna Kulala imprint to acclaim. Björk has championed Yallah, spinning her tracks in DJ sets and mixes.
Eomac (Dublin-based producer Ian McDonnell) is one half of duo Lakker, whose pitch-black avant-techno graces both dancefloors and experimental music venues across the world. His prolific solo records include 2016’s Bedouin Trax LP of Middle Eastern samples, released on the Bedouin Records.