Alpha & Olmega (Xolani Dlamini & Vusimuzi Chirwa) hail from the dusty streets of Soweto, South Africa. From a young age, these talented individuals knew they had music in their blood discovering their producing skills while playing around with their computer in one of their friends bedrooms, where locals would come and perform with instruments and percussion and their enthusiasm for house music grew from there.
Last year, Alpha & Olmega decided to bring their talents to the world, armed with nothing more than a hard drive filled with beats and a heart full of dreams, they immersed themselves in the city’s club culture. Their first big release which also featured Sheyi on vocals ‘Islandiwana’ was picked up by Nulu Records in the US and now there is a big anticipation for their follow up release.
Sheyi’s take on the project…
‘The African drummer’ ensemble has its origins in the Royal Kraal’s of Soweto and Oba’s Palaces of the old Yoruba Kingdoms. Drum and Dance…. the order of the day… till day break!
…Whilst the ancestral Percussive drums would announce the dance entourage within the various mixes.. to culminate in the vocal message of Zepherin Saint’s mix which emphasizes our ‘Dance and Love’ culture in these beloved modern times…’
The package includes remixes from Italy’s main man Fabio Genito, Toronto’s Trinidadian Deep and our very own Zepherin Saint. ?This one is sure to ‘make them dance!
WRITING / PRODUCTION:
Tracks 1-3 & 8
The African Drummer: Produced by Alpha & Olmega
Percussion by: Sheyi
Written & Vocals by: Sheyi
Recorded at the Strictly Music Studio’s, Milton Keynes
Tracks 3 & 4 – Remixed by Zepherin Saint. Mastered by Toni Economides
Tracks 5-7 – *Additional production & remix by Fabio Genito for Nightaffair Productions & Valenostrum Ibiza
All instruments by Fabio Genito
Vocals & Congas by Sheyi Olagunju
Mixed and Mastered by Fabio Genito @ Nightaffair Studios (Mediterraneo , Italy)
Fabio Genito appears courtesy of Nightaffair Productions & Valenostrum Ibiza (c)
Track 8 – Remixed by Trinidadian Deep
ARTWORK: Anto Vitale
Reactions from DJ’s playing the promo around the world..
Danny Krivit (718 Sessions, NYC) – Will play this for sure, very cool! 🙂
Black Coffee (Soulistic Music, South Africa) – Am Banging this in Soweto this weekend…..!!!!
Boddhi Satva (Offering Recordings) – All the Mixes are pretty hot, but Dean’s Treatment is the one for me.
Ian Friday (Libation, NYC) – good afro bizness!!
Carlos Mena (Ocha Records) – Diggin Zepherin’s Remix! Looking foreard to rocking this one!
Manoo (Realtone Records, France) – Africa is the future… really good release, and good job on both remixes
David Harness (Various, San Francisco) – Damn, I don’t know which mix to rock. I just have to play them all. Slammin!!!
Master Kev (MKTL, Underground Collective, NYC) – This is another solid release from the TRIBE camp! Been playing the Zepherin Saint remix for several months and it’s been doing damage on the floor! Really impressed with Fabio Genito’s remixes as well. Cant wait to test them out!
Jazzie B (Soul2Soul, BBC Radio ) – love Zepherin mix, playing it
Greg Gauthier (Dance Culture, Paris) – great , this is perfect for dance culture !!!
Phil Asher (restless soul, UK) – My Fave Mix is Deans, Love It. 🙂
Abicah Soul (Chicago) – Genito mix dope!!
Tyrone Francis (Blak-n-Yello, NYC) – Tight guys, real tight!
Matthew Bandy (Limestone Recordings) – Another quality jam from Tribe. Wicked percussion from Sheyi. Feeling the original and Zepherin Sain’ts Instrumental. Full support!
Rocco (Rodamaal) – Full support on this fantastic release from South Africa! Loving and will play all mixes especially Fabio Gentio’s is my fav! An anthem without doubt!