Chovu are a Black Metal band formed in the one of the most dangerous areas of Nairobi, the slum of Shauri Ya Moyo.
In early 2020 the band was soon split in 2 due to the pandemic curfews and lockdown in Kenya which saw Nairobi become a prison for it’s residents. Lorde Death and Rot found themselves sharing a single room with no windows in an underground dungeon next to the filthy Nairobi river filled with sewerage and rats. Despite the unpleasant surroundings this made a great place to make music undisturbed. Using only a Roland Keyboard amplifier; electric guitar, bass and microphone -recording into their phones – they got down to work composing material for projects in multiple genres not only Black Metal.
Salesmen of the narcotic Khat diurnally, the band led a nocturnal existence like no-other – recording new material nightly aided by liberal consumption of the plant. By the lifting of the curfew the band had produced an anthology of work proportional to a volume of literature from their underground lair.
The band has chosen to resurrect folk tales of the gruesome variety from the various ethnicities within the region. “Mwikali” a tale of a forbidden love triangle, the first release, came out in May 2020 on “Afrometalokalypse Volume 1,” a heavy metal compilation of the who’s who of Kenyan bands of the last decade.
A Page of Madness (狂った一頁 Kurutta Ippēji or Kurutta Ichipeiji) is a silent film by Japanese film director Teinosuke Kinugasa, made in 1926. It was lost for forty-five years until being rediscovered by Kinugasa in his storehouse in 1971. The film is the product of an avant-garde group of artists in Japan known as the Shinkankakuha (or School of New Perceptions) who tried to overcome naturalistic representation.
Yasunari Kawabata, who would win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1968, was credited on the film with the original story. He is often cited as the film’s screenwriter, and a version of the scenario is printed in his complete works, but the scenario is now considered a collaboration between Kawabata, Kinugasa, Banko Sawada, and Minoru Inuzuka.
Color me your color, baby
Color me your car
Color me your color, darling
I know who you are
Come up off your color chart
I know where you’re coming from
On the line
You can call me any
You can call me any day or night
Cover me with kisses, baby
Cover me with love
Roll me in designer sheets
I’ll never get enough
I don’t know why
Cover up love’s alibi.
On the line
Call me any
When you’re ready
We can share the wine
Call me […]
Beyond the Door (1974)
Pregnant with her third child, the young English mother of two, Jessica Barrett, is living a happy life in San Francisco with her respectable record producer husband, Robert. Puzzled with her strange pregnancy, more and more, Jessica finds herself affected by this unnatural situation, exhibiting erratic and violent behaviour, while talking with a deep, almost demonic voice. Could she be possessed? As blood-curdling incidents threaten the family’s peace, an old friend from the past arrives, claiming that he has all the answers. But, who is this new and appalling Jessica?
Martin Khanja (aka Lord Spike Heart) and Sam Karugu emerge from Nairobi’s flourishing underground metal scene as former members of the bands Lust of a Dying Breed and Seeds of Datura. Together in 2019 they formed Duma (Darkness in Kikuyu) with Sam abandoning bass for production and guitars and Lord Spike Heart providing extreme vocals to the project.
Recorded at Nyege Nyege Studios in Kampala over three months in mid 2019 their self-titled debut album fuses the frenetic euphoria, unrelenting physicality and rebellious attitude of hardcore punk and trash metal with bone-crunching breakcore and raw, nihilist industrial noise through a claustrophobic vortex of visceral screams.
Out on Nyege Nyege.
A man providing overnight watch to a deceased member of his former Orthodox Jewish community finds himself opposite a malevolent entity.