That’s not thunder. It’s people and it’s getting louder. Run.
Wide eyed and surging with adrenaline, you’re zapped by pure surprise. Your nervous system panics before your brain can make sense. The bass drum and metallic percussion of “Please Mother Rain Wash Our Souls of Human Evil” descend with such a frenzy that they feel like danger. But this is no war march.
It’s a dance. Just beyond the trees, a desperate, shamanistic force calls to the canopy for water. Near the end of the ceremony, the drums pause. The chaos is lifted, evaporating like warm fog as elation takes its place. A heavy downpour fills your headphones. The jungle takes a sip.
Fresh from label Origami Sound, Clap! Clap! conceived this EP with authentic African rhythms in mind. Sudanese for “black jungle,” Gwidingwi Dema makes more sense when you consider Sudan. According to environmental science index Mongabay, the mostly desert, Nile River fed North African country is quickly losing the last of its rainforest. This music gave a matching sense of crisis before we knew that fact.
Clap! Clap! is just one of Italian producer Digi G’Alessio’s monikers, but if we told you that in the beginning, would you have heard “Mother Rain” in the same way? The remaining three tracks of Gwidingwi Dema share the tribal intent of these two, but they don’t activate our fight-or-flight sense in the same way. If “Mother Rain” is the adrenaline junkie’s raindance, “Viarejo” is the loincloth afterparty.
Give us a flask of that rain water.
Stream the full Gwidingwi Dema EP