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Asher Gamedze // Turbulence and Pulse 2xLP

Asher Gamedze // Turbulence and Pulse 2xLP

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This is a 2023-disc record released by jazz drummer Asher gamedze from Cape Town, South Africa, on the jazz label International Anthem in Chicago, USA, in May 5.

Contains 13 spiritual jazz songs.

*If you would like a digital sound source, please feel free to contact us.

Labels and other worksplease use this form. ///Click here to see more International Anthem releases available at Tobira. 

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Ask us for digital files. 12" black vinyl. Physical version includes 3 bonus tracks not included in the digital album. 

Tracklist:

  1. Turbulence's Pulse 04:08
  2. Wynter Time 09:27 video
  3. Locomotion 04:07
  4. If It Rains. To Pursue Truth 08:13
  5. Melancholia 04:37
  6. Alibama 02:59
  7. Can't See The Sun 05:04
  8. Sometimes I Think To Myself 05:20
  9. Out Stepped Zim 06:34
  10. Underground Formation 06:49
  11. Melancholia (Live in Cairo) 04:38
  12. If It Rains. To Pursue Truth (Live in Cairo) 09:52
  13. Out Stepped Zim (Live in Cairo) 07:41

Text by  Atiyyah Khan, via the label:

"Cape Town, South Africa-based drummer Asher Gamedze explores relationships of time between music and history on his new album Turbulence and Pulse, out May 5th 2023.

Gamedze’s critically-acclaimed debut album Dialectic Soul was released at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic in July 2020. Around the release of that record, with friend and writer Teju Adeleye he organized and participated in a joint online discussion “Poesis,” with historian Robin DG Kelley and others. One of the comments made in this session was notable by the poet and scholar Fred Moten, who described Gamedze's drumming as an “amazing interplay between turbulence and pulse. Pulse is supposed to regulate and also be regular, but the turbulence underneath it and on top of it, it's just extraordinary.” Moten added that this concept is a fundamental element of the percussive approach in Black music more broadly.

Turbulence and Pulse takes its title from this moment of synchronicities. Inspired by this description, Gamedze developed the metaphor further, expanding the concept of turbulence and pulse through the lens of history. “Time in music is a metaphor for thinking about time in history and how time moves,” he says. “The way we're taught history is generally in a way that robs people of agency in imagining themselves as part of history and how it unfolds. It is something that happens to us. I think there's a productive metaphor in that because the sense of time in music is created by musicians playing together. If we can use that to think about history and time in history, you can see that, actually, history is created by people in a whole range of ways. At the heart of it, historical motion is created by people organized and acting together, whether for progressive or reactionary ends. ”

For Gamedze, the underlying message of Turbulence and Pulse is “to claim a form of historical agency and realize that the future is not a foregone conclusion. As people we can organize, to transform our world in small and big ways.” This concept comes out of Gamedze's involvement in radical cultural work and political organizing. He adds: “One of the ideas that I've had for a long time is to unsettle the way that people think about culture as something static or as something fixed. There's this tension in Africa, because of the way that the colonists have constructed visions of African culture, where people speak about this need to conserve culture and document it. I think that's important, but you also have to understand that these things are moving. And we are the people who have to participate in that movement.”

For the album artwork, Gamedze extends the visual aesthetic of his previous release with a hand-drawn illustration. “I feel like my drawings represent the inside of my mind. It's very free and improvisational,” he says. Friend and designer Naadira Patel worked with Gamedze to design the final cover layout, which includes liner notes penned by his sister, writer and artist Thuli Gamedze.

Turbulence and Pulse comes via the partnership of Chicago-based International Anthem and Johannesburg-based Mushroom Hour Half Hour, as the first collaborative release by the two labels."

Artist : Asher Gamedze

Label: International Anthem

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This is a 2023-disc record released by jazz drummer Asher gamedze from Cape Town, South Africa, on the jazz label International Anthem in Chicago, USA, in May 5.

Contains 13 spiritual jazz songs.

*If you would like a digital sound source, please feel free to contact us.

Labels and other worksplease use this form. ///Click here to see more International Anthem releases available at Tobira. 

------------------------------

Ask us for digital files. 12" black vinyl. Physical version includes 3 bonus tracks not included in the digital album. 

Tracklist:

  1. Turbulence's Pulse 04:08
  2. Wynter Time 09:27 video
  3. Locomotion 04:07
  4. If It Rains. To Pursue Truth 08:13
  5. Melancholia 04:37
  6. Alibama 02:59
  7. Can't See The Sun 05:04
  8. Sometimes I Think To Myself 05:20
  9. Out Stepped Zim 06:34
  10. Underground Formation 06:49
  11. Melancholia (Live in Cairo) 04:38
  12. If It Rains. To Pursue Truth (Live in Cairo) 09:52
  13. Out Stepped Zim (Live in Cairo) 07:41

Text by  Atiyyah Khan, via the label:

"Cape Town, South Africa-based drummer Asher Gamedze explores relationships of time between music and history on his new album Turbulence and Pulse, out May 5th 2023.

Gamedze’s critically-acclaimed debut album Dialectic Soul was released at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic in July 2020. Around the release of that record, with friend and writer Teju Adeleye he organized and participated in a joint online discussion “Poesis,” with historian Robin DG Kelley and others. One of the comments made in this session was notable by the poet and scholar Fred Moten, who described Gamedze's drumming as an “amazing interplay between turbulence and pulse. Pulse is supposed to regulate and also be regular, but the turbulence underneath it and on top of it, it's just extraordinary.” Moten added that this concept is a fundamental element of the percussive approach in Black music more broadly.

Turbulence and Pulse takes its title from this moment of synchronicities. Inspired by this description, Gamedze developed the metaphor further, expanding the concept of turbulence and pulse through the lens of history. “Time in music is a metaphor for thinking about time in history and how time moves,” he says. “The way we're taught history is generally in a way that robs people of agency in imagining themselves as part of history and how it unfolds. It is something that happens to us. I think there's a productive metaphor in that because the sense of time in music is created by musicians playing together. If we can use that to think about history and time in history, you can see that, actually, history is created by people in a whole range of ways. At the heart of it, historical motion is created by people organized and acting together, whether for progressive or reactionary ends. ”

For Gamedze, the underlying message of Turbulence and Pulse is “to claim a form of historical agency and realize that the future is not a foregone conclusion. As people we can organize, to transform our world in small and big ways.” This concept comes out of Gamedze's involvement in radical cultural work and political organizing. He adds: “One of the ideas that I've had for a long time is to unsettle the way that people think about culture as something static or as something fixed. There's this tension in Africa, because of the way that the colonists have constructed visions of African culture, where people speak about this need to conserve culture and document it. I think that's important, but you also have to understand that these things are moving. And we are the people who have to participate in that movement.”

For the album artwork, Gamedze extends the visual aesthetic of his previous release with a hand-drawn illustration. “I feel like my drawings represent the inside of my mind. It's very free and improvisational,” he says. Friend and designer Naadira Patel worked with Gamedze to design the final cover layout, which includes liner notes penned by his sister, writer and artist Thuli Gamedze.

Turbulence and Pulse comes via the partnership of Chicago-based International Anthem and Johannesburg-based Mushroom Hour Half Hour, as the first collaborative release by the two labels."

Artist : Asher Gamedze

Label: International Anthem