Teach Me To Love – Remixes


Listeners who have already heard the acoustic version of the Teach me to Love EP are in for a treat. Nigerian production engineer Emmanuel Disu’s sharp ears and creative prowess have co-facilitated a collaborative digital realization of Damascus Kafumbe’s neotraditional song cycle.

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The remixes operate as a paradox: somehow, they simultaneously tease out the unifying themes of the acoustic EP while also sharpening the stylistic distinction of each track. This is not the well-rehearsed hip-hop and reggaeton that we’ve heard recycled across the Black Atlantic over the last fifteen years, though that music certainly has its merits. Kafumbe’s harp solos on the opening cut, “Take Charge of My Life,” offer a cross-continental nod to Senegambian and Malian kora music. Likewise, we hear echoes of Senegalese Wolof drumming on the eponymous third track, “Teach Me to Love.” Meanwhile, “Let me Seek You First,” experiments with new clave imaginaries refracted from the Caribbean back to West Africa whence they came. The bass/triangle counterpoint reminiscent of Brazilian samba on the fourth track, “I Ask You to Help Me,” is similarly unmistakable. The interaction of all these stylistic features with cowhide Ugandan traditional harps, drums, and gourd rattles form a powerful crossroads of past and future. Closing with “I am Very Thankful,” Kafumbe and Disu bring the ancestral practices of thanks-offering and praise-singing to the dance floor.

Remixed EP Credits

Composer: Damascus Kafumbe 

Remix Producers: Damascus Kafumbe and Emmanuel Disu 

Remix Production Engineer: Emmanuel Disu, Disu Republic, Jos, Nigeria 

Mastering: Bob Katz, Digital Domain Studio, Orlando, Florida, USA 

Liner Notes: Peter Hoesing 

Translations: Damascus Kafumbe 

Artwork: Emmanuel Disu 

Photography: Damascus and Betty Kafumbe; Brett Simison and Clemmons Family Farm 

Publisher: Damascus Kafumbe 

Special thanks to African Performing Arts Initiative, Inc. (APAI) for supporting this project.

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