Picture someone with a background that’s about as colourful as Joe’s jacket, and you’ve got Zeké Africa. Leaving South East London for rural Devon with his African jazz pianist father and an English teacher mother, he arrived back in the capital in 2011. It was there Zeké experienced his first foray into the world of the underground, and has since gone on to play alongside dance music stalwarts such as; Loco Dice, tINI, Robert Dietz and Martin Buttrich.
This diverse background is reflected in Zeké’s latest record, The Fires Of Time, out on now Moda Black. It’s the first in a series of releases that will see the intrepid producer team up with label founders Jaymo & Andy George, as well as Theo Kottis, Sidney Charles and the legendary Groove Armada.
Lead track My Voice is a bouncy, seven-minute tribal offering, interspersed with ambient, floating keys and a life-affirming refrain “This is my voice”- a nod to his unique roots, perhaps?
Ghost is a journey to the darker side of Zeké’s psyche, with eerie beeps and blips layered over that all-familiar tribal drumbeat – if this came on at 4am you’d definitely be off on a proverbial journey.
The EP is nicely topped off with Time Given Time Spent, a track in a similar vein to the music Zeké released under his original moniker, Thousand Years with its swirling synths and reverberating vocals.
Fires Of Time showcases Zeké’s true talent as a producer, and his ability to effortlessly blend light with dark; industrial with organic. The next installment should be just as fluid.