Pioneering UK hip hop entrepreneurs Coldcut are set to release a new album in collaboration with a South African musical collective called Keleketla!
Coldcut’s Matt Black and Jonathan More were flown to Soweto, South Africa by non-governmental organisation In Place of War, which aims to use creativity as a tool for positive change in places of conflict.
Black and More returned to the UK and mixed the sessions with the help of some of Fela Kuti’s band members, Tony Allen and Dele Sosimi, and a host of other musicians. The resulting album will be coming soon.
In an exclusive interview with Campfire Convention, Black also revealed a new ambient alias NDipa (New directions in psychedelic ambience), which he has set up with Darren Sangita of Sangita Sounds. The pair hope to release some NDipa tracks in the near future.
In addition to all the music, Black has also been working on an updated more powerful version of his Ninja Jamm app, which will be coming soon on iOS. Ninja Jamm is an app for Android and iOS, which allows anyone to create and remix tracks, and includes a number of sample packs from Ninja Tune artists such as Coldcut, Bonobo and Roots Manuva.
“The world would be a better place if more people spent their time making music and less time fighting,” commented Black.
You can watch the whole interview, which covers Black’s 30-year career in music, art, tech and revolution, below.
Matt Black was speaking to Campfire Convention ahead of his July 26 appearance at The Little Chill festival.