Ultra-rare album from Midori Takada's Mkwaju Ensemble gets a reissue on WRWTFWW Records

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  • A fresh release for the 1981 KI-Motion LP arrives in June.
  • Ultra-rare album from Midori Takada's Mkwaju Ensemble gets a reissue on WRWTFWW Records image
  • KI-Motion, a 1981 album from Japanese percussionist Midori Takada's Mkwaju Ensemble, is getting its first-ever reissue this June on We Release Whatever The Fuck We Want Records. Put out two years before Takada's acclaimed solo LP Through The Looking Glass, which was reissued in 2017, KI-Motion is said to be the starting point for the artist's "exploration of minimalism, African rhythmic tradition and ambient music." The ensemble drew inspiration from the tamarind (mkwaju in Swahili), a sturdy, drought-resistant tree known for its culinary, medical and musical uses—some of the first mallets and marimbas were made with its wood. Vinyl copies of KI-Motion's original release are extremely hard to find, but now WRWTFWW Records is set to give it a new issue on wax and CD. Listen to a full stream of the album.
    Tracklist 01. Wood Dance 02. Maximum α 03. Ki-Motion 04. Angwora Steps 05. Hot Air 06. Zindo Zindo WRWTFWW Records will reissue KI-Motion on June 22nd, 2018. Photo credit: Go Itami