In the world of music, collaborations often lead to remarkable creations and UNGANISHA is no different. The duo is a unique musical alliance between Kenyan musician Labdi Ommes and Norwegian experimental electronic artist Bernt Isak Wærstad. UNGANISHA recently hosted their first Kenyan album listening party at Santuri, The Mall. This event graciously provided attendees with a sneak peek into their upcoming album.
In attendance were several accomplished Kenyan artists, music executives, media personalities, and other invited guests. Some of them include Lawi Odera (Boomplay), Sheila Akwany (Goethe-Institut), Coco Em, Nyokabi Kariuki, Fancy Fingers, Blinky Bill, and Umoja Sounds among others. The anticipation and excitement in the air were palpable, offering a glimpse of the eclectic musical journey that UNGANISHA is about to embark upon.
“Ago” By UNGANISHA
Together with the listening party, UNGANISHA also unleashed their latest single, “Ago.” This captivating release serves as a prelude to their eagerly anticipated debut album, set to drop on November 3rd, 2023. “Ago” is more than just a song. It’s an ode to old friendships and a celebration of maintaining a childlike spirit while navigating the complexities of adulthood.
Moreover, this mesmerizing track delves deep into the intricacies of relationships evolving as we journey through life. It beautifully captures the bittersweet essence of leaving the past behind while embracing new horizons. This resonant narrative reflects the challenge of moving beyond nostalgia’s grasp to fully appreciate the present and future. With “Ago,” UNGANISHA delivers a musical gem. They also invite listeners to contemplate their own journey of change and growth.
Sonically, “Ago” bursts forth with a pulsating high-energy beat effortlessly merging with evocative layers of dreamy synths, post-rock-infused guitars, and a dynamic vocal arrangement. “Ago” was recorded at Brageveien Studio in Oslo, Norway, produced by UNGANISHA themselves, and mixed by Bernt Isak Wærstad. It was mastered by Christian Obermayer at Strype Audio, Oslo, and released by Anything Goes. Listen To Ago here.
Moreover, the addition of avant-garde percussion by long-time collaborator Ane Marthe Sørlien Holen and Norwegian folk-influenced violin by the virtuosic Victoria Johnson elevates “Ago” to new heights. This intricate and textured creation perfectly embodies UNGANISHA’s signature style, blending melancholic undertones with invigorating dance-inspired energy. A theme that promises to resonate throughout their upcoming album.
Crafting a Musical Masterpiece
UNGANISHA has been diligently crafting their album, promising an experience like no other. Their previous successes, including tours and the well-received 2022 EP “Kucheza,” have set the stage for something extraordinary. As they prepare to unveil their debut album, UNGANISHA continues to push the boundaries of music, offering a unique and enchanting experience that transcends borders and genres.