Mim Suleiman – Tungi

August 5, 2010

With two creative giants — Zanzibari singer Mim Suleiman and house music producer Maurice Fulton — joining forces to make this album, I knew in advance that it would be good. Still I was surprised at just how great it turned out to be.

Based both on Fulton’s involvement and on the fact that the album was released on Gerd Janson’s Running Back Label, what I was expecting was a set of house and disco tracks with African vocals. Wisely, though, Fulton lets Suleiman take the lead throughout, filling in the backdrop and adding the perfect details here and there, but generally acting like the Zen master who does more by doing less. The result is one of the most unique and exciting lps of the year so far. A kind of eye-opener like the Talking Heads’ “Remain in Light,” though coming at a different time from a different place.

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