Now based in Norway, Malawian Drew Moyo formerly known as DJ Drew continues to blow people away with his unique fusion of traditional and modern, injecting a breath of fresh air into the Bass music scene.
In association with Beating Heart, Drew on 19 May 2017 released a new EP titled “Vimbuza”.
Commenting on the new EP, Drew said he felt connected to sounds from home upon hearing a Vimbuza sample.
“Chingoma is a drum played specifically by the Tonga tribe in Malawi when they gather for the spiritual ritual of the Vimbuza dance. As soon as I heard the sample I was immediately connected to sounds from home.
“This particular drum of Vimbuza is believed to be a special calling from the ancestors and in those days the one to play the drum was believed to be in contact with the spirits,” Drew explained.
In line with previous Beating Heart releases, proceeds from the EP sales will support community projects in the areas where the original samples were recorded.
‘Beating Heart – Malawi’ album released last year (featuring Rudimental, Kidnap Kid, My Nu Leng, Luke Vibert and more) has funded the setting up of a sustainable school feeding program in Lilongwe, Malawi, feeding 450 kids once a day.
Beating Heart is a collective of artists and enthusiasts who believe in the power of music to create a world without borders. Born in the heart of Sub-Saharan Africa in 2016, the project sprung from a vision to bring the world’s largest archive of African field recordings into the present day.
In another development, Drew will be joining Beating Heart Takeover at the new Gas Tower stage in Shangri-la this Glastonbury, alongside Afriquoi, Throwing Shade, The Busy Twist and Faith Mussa.