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Rudimental, Machinedrum, Kidnap Kid remix & more remix historic African recordings



A new really interesting concept for you & album has been announced called ‘Beating Heart – Malawi’.  The idea behind the album is based around an archive of original African music, International Library of African Music (ILAM), which has been made available for the first time.

Ethnomusicologist Hugh Tracey made 35,000 recordings across Africa between the 1920s & 70s, in an epic bid to preserve the music of Africa for future generations. Sixty-five years later, artists are being allowed to access the archives of ILAM for the first time & special permission to access the archive was given to Beating Heart charity, they then commission remixes of the tracks with the money raised from the sales of the album going directly to help communities where the music was originally recorded.

The album features Rudimental, Luke Vibert, Machinedrum, Kidnap Kid, Throwing Shade, My Nu Leng, Clap! Clap! and many more, who have all given their time for free to create this special album that will kick-start the roll out of a new development model that will provide nutrition and income now and in the future.

Rudimental said: “Working with these amazing samples, playing with them and putting them into a modern day context just shows how relevant they still are, even though they were recorded such a long time ago. That’s the beautiful thing about music: it’s timeless.”

Ollywood and Chris Pedley, founders of Beating Heart, comment: “The Beating Heart programme reminds us of music’s unique ability to bring cultures together. It’s a great privilege to rework Hugh Tracey’s extensive musical archive alongside contemporary musicians. It’s even sweeter that in doing so we can assist communities where the music originally came from.”

Diane Thram, director of ILAM added: “We are thrilled that our historic recordings from the Hugh Tracey Collection made in Malawi in the 1950s are being used creatively to produce contemporary music through Beating Heart.  This effort is intended to familiarize Malawian youth with their music heritage and its value.  We are very optimistic about the potential of Beating Heart to contribute in positive ways to humanitarian work in Malawi.”



  1. Ibibio Sound Machine – Amai Ndiwulule
  2. Luke Vibert – Africable
  3. WxT – Bat Walk Mix
  4. With You. – No Resistance
  5. Drew Moyo (Malawi) – Munthu
  6. Sonye (Malawi) – Sankha Dona
  7. Jimi Needles – Tabiya
  8. A.X. – Londawi
  9. Kidnap Kid – First Light
  10. Phil Moffa – Center of the World
  11. Lack of Afro – I Met You Today
  12. Afriquoi – Mwana Wa
  13. Beating Heart – The Work (Rudimental remix)
  14. Clap! Clap! – Kulira
  15. My Nu Leng – Eyes
  16. Ulterior Motive – Mulanje
  17. Machinedrum – Lewasi
  18. Lancelot – Tisanhke Lero
  19. Tru Fonix – Bop
  20. Applebottom & Peter Rabbit – Intergalafrica
  21. Throwing Shade – Dream Scene

The album will be released on 3 June 2016.

Grahame Farmer

Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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