“sounds like a modern, more sincere version of tropical ’80s pop. For modern indie reference points, it’s also the kind of song that fans of stuff like M83, Tune-Yards, and Yeasayer will probably dig” – Brooklyn Vegan
“Catharsis is not an easy feeling to describe, but if there is a sound that came close to reproducing that feeling, it has to be the inspired merging of Afrobeats and Indie-electro by Dutch-Zimbabwean singer/songwriter Rina Mushonga” – Afropunk
“kicks off like a stroll through one of London’s many Sunday markets. Bursts of chitchat and laughter become instruments of their own, while brittle guitar plinks and deep plunges of bass evoke 1980s Afropop” – Pitchfork
London-based Dutch-Zimbabwean pop innovator Rina Mushonga reveals details of her new album In A Galaxy – inspired by a year of transformation, the eagerly awaited follow-up to her debut, 2014’s The Wild, The Wilderness.
The twelve-track In A Galaxy is released on February 15th, 2019 through [PIAS] Recordings and today Rina Mushonga shares new track Hey Coach. Written from a personal perspective, this song is about responsibility and ownership and she explains; it’s about motivation, career-wise, no-one’s gonna fight for your ‘art’ as hard as you are ,nobody has invested what you have in the same way and it’s about self-reliance and getting on with it…even when the odds appear to be stacked against you.”
The full track-listing for In A Galaxy is:
For A Fool
In A Galaxy
I miss u so much
The album can be pre-ordered here
Having read Metamorphoses for the first time Rina Mushonga’s self-confessed year of transformationensued drawing upon a myriad of ideas and personal experiences. Full of reflections on the cosmos and our place within it, In A Galaxy is the musical embodiment of these musings whilst Mushonga also admits there’s more than a passing nod to the opening text on Star Wars, but on the whole refers to how relative space and time are in how we interact – “Earth viewed as part of a galaxy binds us in humanity.”
In A Galaxy buzzes with an eclecticism that might be traced back to heritage and history of having moving around at various points in her life – having lived in India, Zimbabwe and the Netherlands before settling in London – her father always proudly referred to their family as “global citizens, we belonged everywhere” she explains, further adding; “I loved and identified with that, and it’s that genre- hopping that best represents me, how I see things and experience the world.”
Four years in the making, In A Galaxy is the result of Mushonga filtering out her distractions and relying/focusing on her own ability and instinct. Mushonga recorded the album in her adopted home in South London’s Peckham with producer Brett Shaw whilst having laid much of the foundations of the tracks together with musical bestie and synth whisperer Frans Verburg in his Rotterdam basement studio. The resultant cornucopia of intelligent, diverse pop that Mushonga herself describes as sounding like “Paul Simon in a sweaty, African dancehall club” is a welcome introduction to 2019.
Released through [PIAS] on February 15, 2019, In A Galaxy is available on CD, limited edition pink vinyl and digitally via all reputable outlets.
Meanwhile Rina Mushonga plays live as follows…
20th November – Paper Dress Vintage, Hackney
28th November – Notting Hill Arts Club