Vitu Valera, HNKT, Opoku & Sean Plays Nice

A flavour of Afro-Peruvian music - fueled by the sound of quijada (a dried donkey's jawbone) and cajón-driven rhythms - runs strongly through the upcoming debut album by Vitu Valera. Entitled 'MIGRX', the LP explores the topic of a migrant's struggle and does so by featuring as many as eight guest appearances from artists who are all migrants themselves, including legendary Peruvian musician Miki González (aka Mikongo) as well as Lukrø, Carla Valenti and Paulopulus. A prime example of such a collaborative approach comes in a form of the dancehall-infused 'MIAO' track. A joint effort created by four artists with roots in different continents - Vitu Valera, Opoku, Sean Lewis and HNKT - the song blends together not only the powerful rattle of the aforementioned quijada but also clarinet improvisations and elements of incoherent Japanese speech.

- Basy Tropikalne