The Congo Techno Ensemble
For his debut album, Rey Sapienz embarks on an ambitious project that travels beyond the avant beatscapes of his early material. Alongside traditional percussionist, vocalist and dancer Papalas Palata and rapper Fresh Dougis, he has formed The Congo Techno Ensemble, utilizing their skills and experience to offer a statement that speaks to the past, present and future of the DRC. On “Na Zala Zala”, the trio channel rich musical traditions and historic tension, evolving electronic and traditional forms into boundless sci-fi mutations.
“Na Zala Zala” is a heady cocktail of stylistic futurism and harsh reality that could be compared with Zazou Bikaye’s seminal “Noir et Blanc or Denis Mpunga & Paul K.’s genre-breaking electronic experiments.
Out on Nyege Nyege Tapes, July 16, 2021.