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Beware The Fetish

by Kasai Allstars

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"Beware The Fetish" is the second album by the mindblowing, Kinshasa-based musicians' collective, whose debut album "In The 7th Moon, The Chief Turned Into A Swimming Fish And Ate The Head Of His Enemy By Magic" made a lasting impact on the imagination of artists and music lovers worldwide.

With 12 tracks, clocking in at over 100 minutes: Kasai Allstars' otherworldly music requires no less than complete and lengthy immersion! It is not advised to try and listen to this record as background music (especially on tiny computer speakers)…

"Beware The Fetish" presents a broader scope of Kasai Allstars' music, probing deeper into the musicians' repertoires and styles, with the help of a large array of guests. The band use their trademark mixture of traditional instruments (slit & buzz drums, xylophones), electric guitars, and distorted thumb pianos with DIY amplification (such as the giant bass likembe which adorns the cover). Some songs showcase rocking & intertwining guitars, some others include a higher proportion of acoustic percussion or likembes, and they all feature arresting vocal performances by a cast of charismatic singers including Kabongo, Muambuyi, Tshimanga, Mi Amor, Tandjolo, Grand Prêtre, and the late, lamented Mbuyamba Nyunyi. The lyrics of the songs tackle matters such as sorcery, social commentary and traditional wisdom.

The album appeared in the best-of-2014 lists in many publications, incl. MOJO, Uncut, The Quietus etc.


released June 23, 2014


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Kasai Allstars Democratic Republic of the Congo

This mythical collective, consisting of fifteen musicians from five ensembles from the Kasai region, is one of the most exciting bands in Kinshasa, DRC

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