Mark Ernestus Presents Jeri-Jeri - 800% Ndagga / 800% Versions
- Stewart Smith
- 11 July 2013
German minimal techno producer collaborates with Senegalese musicians
Best known as the co-founder of legendary Berlin minimal techno label Basic Channel, Mark Ernestus has, over the past few years, been deeply engaged with African dance music, remixing Konono No 1 and helping to compile Honest Jon’s astonishing Shangaan Electro compliation, 800% Ndagga, and its companion volume of remixes and dubs, 800% Versions, collects his collaborations with Jeri-Jeri, a griot clan of Sabar drummers from Kaolack in Senegal.
Guests include singers Baaba Maal and Mbene Diatta Seck, and legendary octogenarian drummer Doudou Ndiaye Rose, a man who has played with everyone from Josephine Baker to Miles Davis. Rather than forge a Mbalax-techno fusion, Ernestus remains in the background on the originals, yet there are affinities between the Sabar drummers' mesmeric layering of complex polyrhythms and the Berliner's own dub-techno constructions. The versions see Ernestus subtly reworking each track's sonic architecture, feeding vocal scraps through decaying reverbs and tweaking the percussion.