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Afrorack’s Crossed Rhythms

Recorded live

This is another great set from the Uganda-based synth musician Afrorack, aka Brian Bamanya. It has a more limited sonic palette and more intricately rhythmic intent that the live performance I mentioned earlier this month, and those two aspects serve each other well. The frequently crossing patterns sound like steel percussion, and the slight tweaks of pitch bring to mind hand drums. Those subtle contrasts set the stage for how the individual pieces rotate through the set. Check out the 9:30 mark as an off beat is introduced and then slowly takes over. I listened to all 30 minutes of this several times in a row this afternoon.

Video originally posted at More from Afrorack/Bamanya at

By Marc Weidenbaum

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  1. Ethan Hein
    [ Posted August 26, 2020, at 9:16 am ]

    This is just exactly what the doctor ordered today.

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