DRC MUSIC: KINSHASA ONE TWO (for OXFAM)
Visual Concept and Cover Design by AITOR THROUP
Album Art Direction by AITOR THROUP and HARDY BLECHMAN
Kinshasa One Two an album by DRC Music is released digitally today (3rd October 2011) by Warp Records, with a CD and special edition vinyl release (with photographic art prints) to follow on 7th November, to benefit Oxfam. drcmusic.org
Kinshasa One Two was recorded in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo over 5 days in July 2011. DRC Music (a collective of producers gathered by Damon Albarn) set out to make an album with contemporary Congolese musicians and worked with more than 50 local performers including Jupiter and the Okwess International, Bokatola System and Nelly Liyemge. DRC Music is comprised of producers: T-E-E-D (Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs), Dan The Automator, Jneiro Jarel, Richard Russell, Actress, Marc Antoine, Alwest, Remi Kabaka, Rodaidh McDonald and Kwes.
Aitor Throup spent a week in the DRC with the producers and musicians, generating a unique visual representation of the project’s creative process.
The producers behind DRC Music set out to make an album with contemporary Congolese musicians and worked with more than 50 local performers, recording traditional Congolese instruments and sounds, creating something new out of them.
Reflecting this process, Aitor Throup art directed a photographic documentation of all the instruments used in the making of the album (Photographed by Simon Phipps), capturing the traditional hand made instruments suspended in black space. Aitor focused purely on the isolated beauty of the instruments – just as the producers captured isolated sounds - photographing the objects from interesting angles and perspectives, isolating them from any surrounding points of reference.
Aitor’s goal was to provide an exact visual parallel of how the producers made independent tracks from the various isolated sounds they had previously captured. This resulted in a digital collage of a face or mask, digitially constructed from multiple individually warped photographs.
The result also succeeds in mirroring the musical process by rejecting the use of any stereotypically ‘African’ visual references, yet its content being made up purely of authentic idiosyncratically African material.
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The Democratic Republic of Congo has long been wracked by conflict and is home to one of the world's worst humanitarian crises.
Proceeds from the album will benefit the local performers and Oxfam's work in the Congo.
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