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Ekizikiza Mubwengula

by Don Zilla

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Full Moon 02:22
Tension 03:48
Automated 03:23
Buziba 03:16
Entambula 03:07
Shots 04:06
Moving Space 04:02
Bujingo 03:16
Ekivuuma 03:38


A few years ago, Don Zilla was sat alone in an internet cafe teaching himself FL Studio, dreaming of becoming one of Africa’s greatest music producers. These early experiments evolved into 2019’s “From the Cave to the World”, an EP that showcased Zilla’s rare fusion of eerie industrial electronics, lurching bass and constantly shifting East African rhythms.

Now the manager of Kampala’s Boutiq Studios, Zilla returns to Hakuna Kulala with his eagerly-awaited debut album “Ekizikiza Mubwengula”, a labyrinthine album that weaves freewheeling dance sub-genres into a bejewelled tapestry, signalling a path to the future. There’s the cybernetic ‘nuum funk of dBridge, Empty-set’s overdriven, cacophonous anxiety, the hyper-paced airlock club of Shanghai’s Hyph11E and the confrontational intensity of Dreamcrusher; everything is melted into a groove-fwd whole that’s tough to resist.

Tangling trap into slippery, atmospheric doom-step on ‘Buziba’, experimenting with uptempo, Slikback-es-que rhythmic complexity on ‘Tension’ and reshaping noisy industrial ambience on ‘Shots’, Zilla uses the album to continuously challenge expectations, folding sounds in on themselves Inception-style and allowing fresh rhythms, textures and forms to peek through. It’s a bold step from a central character in East Africa’s rapidly-growing stable of paradigm-shifting experimental club producers.


released June 18, 2021

Mastered by Declared Sound
Artwork by Kidgringo


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HAKUNA KULALA Kampala, Uganda

Club explorations from the East African and Congolese Electronic Underground and beyond.

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