Nkisi drew inspiration from African cosmology for her debut album

The founder of collective NON Worldwide announces 7 Directions, seven interpretations of the incredible polyrhythms of Congolese percussion music.

Alongside her work as a sonic activist and in curating and managing the NON Worldwide collective beside Angel Ho and Chino Amobi, Nkisi will release her first full album on Lee Gamble’s UIQ.

7 Directions is rooted firmly in the African Cosmology of the Bantu-Kongo and in particular the writings of Kongo scholar Dr Kimbwandende Kia Bunseki Fu-Kiau. Listen to first track below.

“When we hear before we see, voice and sound waves interplay between consciousness and hallucinations. Allowing the rhythmic to experiment with conditions of perception, disrupting predetermined expectations…Through manipulating rhythm, we create movements of energy… this energy determines collective behavior and allows for new ways of producing knowledge…when we hear before we see, we can think about predicting the future and the manipulation of imagery that happens. through visionary possession we are renewed from within, in a system of systems… the pattern of patterns in being, it reaches and remains forever incomplete” — Nkisi

7 Directions arrives on January 18, 2019, on vinyl and digital formats via UIQ. Check out the album artwork and tracklist below.

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Tracklist:

A1. I
A2. II
A3. III
A4. IV
B1. V
B2. VI
B3. VII

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