On Our Own Clock VA (Vinyl)

On Our Own Clock VA (Vinyl)

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Classic Black vinyl LP inside a reverse-board gatefold jacket, with an M3H / TRC branded inner sleeve.

Cover Art by Djib Anton.

Pre-pandemic, there was a plan. The plan was for musicians from South Africa and Senegal to travel to London’s influential Total Refreshment Centre to make an album with musical kindred spirits in the UK. Like so many plans, it had to be adapted.

During the first wave of COVID-19 lockdowns in 2020, groups of heavy-hitting musicians met for a day of intense recording in their home cities then sent the music to their compadres across the oceans. They returned to the studio a month later to respond to the music they’d been sent. The result is ‘On Our Own Clock’, a sonic testament to trenchant and collaborative creativity which digs into layers of South African jazz, traditional Senegalese instrumental music and London’s rich diaspora-informed musicality. Individually these are powerful strands of music. Collectively, they are super-sized.

‘On Our Own Clock’ contains interludes titled ‘How To Make Art In A Pandemic’. The phrase became a byword and a prayer to keep the process going across the multiple hurdles that presented themselves: people getting Covid; the fear and fury that proliferates in the twin pandemics of Covid and racism; the practicalities of making music across two continents. It builds on another phrase, in...  more


released September 3, 2021


Alabaster de Plume – Saxophone (UK)
Asher Gamedze – Drums (South Africa)
Damola Owolade – Emcee (Nigeria)
Danalogue – Synthesizer, Piano & Saxophone (UK)
Grandmaster CAP – Emcee (South Africa)
Lex Blondin – Drum Machine (UK)
Mpumelelo Mcata – Electric Guitar (South Africa)
Nosisi Ngakane – Vocals (South Africa)
Siya Makuzeni – Trombone & Vocals (South Africa)
Tarang Cissoko – Kora (Senegal)
Tebogo Austebza Sedumedi – Electric Bass (South Africa)
Theon Cross – Tuba (UK)
Yahael Camara Onono – Percussion (UK / Senegal / Nigeria)
Zoe Molelekwa – Keyboards & Wurlitzer (South Africa)

Johannesburg Sessions
Recorded at AMPD Studios, Newtown on 27 July & 17 August 2020
Recorded by Thabang Madia
Recorded at M3H HQ on 23 December 2020, 13 February, 23 February, 4 March & 13 March 2021
Recorded by Andrew Curnow

London Sessions
Recorded at Total Refreshment Centre on 27 July and 15 August 2020
Recorded by Kristian Craig Robinson

Dakar Sessions
Recorded at Deedo Dakar Studio on 07 August 2020
Recorded by PassaBeatz

Edited and Mixed by Dion Monti
Mastered by Norman Nitzsche at Calyx Mastering
Produced by Andrew Curnow, Danalogue, Dion Monti, Lex Blondin, Ngoma Makhosi & Nhlanhla Masondo

This project was made possible through the support of British Council SSA Arts, through their New Art New Audience project; and the National Arts Council of South Africa. Thank you for standing by us during the year that was 2020.

Danalogue appears courtesy of Impulse! Records