Dave Watts, who walked the boards with the legendary Fun-da-mental in the '90s, is the motor behind KingL Man.
The name is juvenile, a slice of humour in an upside down world. A shout in response to the perpetual state of the Imperial War. Outrage and disgust, love and hate, history and presence. The channels are fired by Afro-centricity, dub, space, collisions of whispered words with angst, field recordings married with surprised partners.
The album is Headonix, contributions come from four continents.
Senegalese vocalist Sidi I.B., who arrived on Canarian shores with two hundred other compatriots, cold, wet and hungry after seven days at sea with nothing but his future in his hands.
Temporarily housed at the infamous migrant holding centre in Las Raíces, Tenerife, the studio environment provided an avenue of relief from the inadequate conditions at the overcrowded camp.
Also from Senegal, living in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, is rapper Ibrahima El Latigazo who delivers his lyrics in French, Wolof, Spanish, English & Sérère. Rounding up the Senegalese contingent is Mame Samba, a group that hold the spirits close when performing. Their contribution is from recording sessions they had with François R. Cambuzat & Gianna Greco (Ifriqiyya Electrique).
Kiki Hitomi (Waq Waq Kingdom/King Midas Sound) returns to the fold, exhaling positivity with Canarian multi-instrumentalist Javier Afonso (Grenouille). The Canarian faction also include violinist Mónica Viñoly, Dani Garcia (Lagoss/Tupperwear) and Vakawuare. Further guests include percusionist Miroca Paris (Cesária Évora/Madonna); Hamid Mantu (TransGlobal Underground); Ramjac (Dub Colossus), drums and percussion respectively.
Vinyl LP available via Ear Conditioning in collaboration with Keroxen / Discrepant.
“a true soundtrack for those without a home where they are, or a home to go back to. Not world music, but between worlds music.” - The Wire
"“Richly textured, clear in its message and valid in its anger, this is a work with something to say.” - Songlines
" 'Headonix' doesn't really sound like much else out there. There's an urgency to "Headonix" that grounds it in the present day's tense political reality. It's gripping stuff." - Boomkat
"Like a dream meeting of Tricky in Massive Attack mode, a reggae angel and early Kode 9..LOVE IT" - The Bug