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by Ecko Bazz

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Kutkh_Jackdaw Hard to pick a favourite from this album. Each track sounds unique, but they still manage to form a cohesive body of work. The dark and powerful productions perfectly compliment the vocals. Would love to see Ecko Bazz live, I bet the energy is unreal. Favorite track: Empungu Mubanga.
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Kush Arora Echo Bazz and the finest riddim warriors with an absolute dark bullet of his finest flows and most club ready rhythms to date. Unmissable and Ugandan rap, industrial flavors, in it's most enjoyable form. If you like anything from Clipping to Roots Manuva, you're going to fucking die when you hear this.
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Mmaso 02:59
Twala 02:45
Lwakyi? 03:18
Teli 03:12
Mugulu e'yo 02:05
Bikuba 02:37
Nkoowola 04:18
Sesamu 03:59
Omubiri 02:34


Ecko Bazz - Mmaso

Video for Mmaso: youtu.be/qQ1k44yhafU
Video for Mugulu E'yo: youtu.be/bXtrSKDWDYg

Since the appearance of his cult breakthrough debut Tuli Banyo released on Hakuna Kulala in 2018, Ugandan conscious rapper and MC, Ecko Bazz has challenged perceptions of East Africa's burgeoning rap scene. His style is hard to categorize blending elements of grime, dancehall and US hip-hop and twisting politicized lyrics in Luganda that explore violence, religion, drug abuse or the poverty in the Ugandan slums. This personality anchors his debut album Mmaso, an explosive call to action that balances his manic presence with production from MC Yallah collaborator Debmaster, Kenyan club futurist Slikback, Berlin-based Japanese beatmaker DJ Die Soon and the inimitable DJ Scotch Rolex.

Mmaso is driven by Ecko Bazz's kinetic performance on the mic. Anyone that's had the privilege of seeing him live will know what to expect, and his unadulterated flow is immediately focused on the grinding title track. The rapper alternates freely between sober truths and hyperactive screams, flipping between intensity from verse to verse. On Lwaky?, an anxious Debmaster beat underpins Bazz's visceral hedonism bending his rhymes in double and half-time and wrenching his voice gymnastically over 808 booms and claps.

There's a pause for breath on the more intimate Mugulu e'yo or the relatively restrained Empungo Mubanga where Slikback provides a breathy and minimal midnight trap rumble to couch the rapper's surreal exuberance. With DJ Die Soon's Bikuba, Bazz mimics the bouncy lead synth to command a presence that refuses to let you forget that, even at his most claustrophobic, he makes music that lives at the club. That's never more evident than on Nkoowola, a standout that made it to Nyege Nyege - Soundcloud Music for the Eagles compilation. Bright, powerful and charged with rebellious energy that resonates through East Africa and beyond.


released March 18, 2022

Mastered By Declared Sound
Photography by Ian Nyanzi
Photo Editing by Lithium Beats
Layout by Kind Gringo
All tracks recorded by Chrisman
All tracks produced by Debmaster except:
Track 4 produced by Slikback
Track 7 produced by Dj Die Soon
Track 11 produced by Scotch Rolex
*Additional Vocal production by Chrisman


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