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Kasai Allstars, ‘In the 7th Moon, the Chief Turned Into a Swimming Fish and Ate the Head of His Enemy by Magic’ (Crammed Discs)

Adapting ritual African music once used by bushmen and women in pagan tranceceremonies (considered satanic by Europeans), this sprawling, 25-member Kinshasa ensemble jump-starts the third installment in the Congotronics series. Buoyant voices erupt in urgent chants, while xylophones, thumb pianos, and percussion create a swirling, hallucinatory web of sound equal to the freakiest psychedelia.The overlapping rhythms of “Kafuulu Balu” could spark an attack of vertigo, while “Drowning Goat (Mbuji-Mayi)” brims with helium beats ideal for sampling.



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