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Rare Mkawju Ensemble Album Set For Reissue
Christian Eede , April 16th, 2018 12:48

One of Midori Takada's albums with Mkwaju Ensemble is set to be reissued by WRWTFWW Records

Fresh from the reissue last year of Midori Takada's Through The Looking Glass album, WRWTFWW Records are now set to give the repress treatment to another pricey, sought after record in her discography.

As part of Mkwaju Ensemble, Takada made two albums released in the early 1980s on Japanese label Better Days. Both albums have gone on to sell for substantial sums on the resale market in recent years.

1981's Ki-Motion is one of those albums and will be reissued in June. It is billed as the starting point in Takada's "exploration of minimalism, African rhythmic tradition and ambient music", having come two years before the release of Through The Looking Glass.

The album is heavily reliant on the marimba, played on the record by Takada and Yoji Sadanari. The ensemble drew inspiration for their name from the tamarind (Which is Mkwaju in Swahili), a drought-resistant tree from which some of the first mallets and marimbas were made.

Ki-Motion will be reissued on CD, vinyl and digitally on June 22. You can stream the album in full above.