December 12th, 2008

Fun with Phonemes

Since last week’s zungu-fest, I’ve had my eyes peeled for similar (semi-)Swahili utterances. And whattaya know, scanning the tracklist for Taliesin’s Apricity mix (which I recommend you listen to — it was a nice soundtrack this past Wednesday, when December actually felt like April), I noticed that the jumpoff track was by a group called NGUZUNGUZU, so of course, I got quite curious.

Given that the track was a remix by the homie, Kingdom, I wrote and asked him about NGUZUNGUZU, so he pointed me to their MySpace page and gave me an email address. Easy as that.

Here’s their reply; I’m afraid it may disappoint some of us Swahili-seeking conspiracy theorists, but it’s an interesting bit of suggestive sonic overlap —

We named ourselves NGUZUNGUZU after a type of wooden canoe prow carving from the Solomon Islands. We liked the name firstly for its phonetics,when repeated rapidly it sounds like a digeridoo. And the idea of this guiding figure on our craft of sonic explorations. Something like a beacon, a navigational tool, a compass that points us in various directions.

Their music sounds nothing like Yellowman or canoes, but I like it — all sorts of sounds and styles streaming into each other.


  • 1. taliesin  |  December 13th, 2008 at 2:33 pm

    i was just trying to cash in on the whole Zungu fad of the huge Anthro-Blog market…. also- they definitely have one of the best explanations for their stage name…..

  • 2. wayneandwax  |  December 13th, 2008 at 2:35 pm

    I had you pegged for an opportunist.

  • 3. Birdseed  |  December 13th, 2008 at 5:20 pm

    I always get a kick out of the accidental poetry that appears on your page while it’s loading, if the background and the text colour happens to be the same. This post is particularly good in that regard:

    Taliesin’s Apricity mix
    like April
    their MySpace
    wooden canoe prow carving from the Solomon Islands
    like Yellowman

  • 4. » Z&hellip  |  October 18th, 2010 at 10:43 am

    […] on and on and on and on and on we […]


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