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R​.​U​.​N (Feat. Jogyo & Devi Mambouka)

by Gazelle

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"Run, but don't run away" opens the chorus of this new single, a unique collaboration between South African musician Gazelle, Dither Down mainstay Jogyo and vocalist Devi Mambouka. 3 NYC-based transplants of African descent who have come together to create an invocation to "Change your perspective" and "Face your fears." The result is "R.U.N", an acronym of sorts that Jogyo says means "Remember Union Now."

Also included on the single is a spaced out vocal remix from Sao Paulo via NYC dub legend Strikkly Vikkly aka Victor Rice. The single concludes with the Strikkly Vikkly Dub version that strips the track back down to its African core.

Hailing from a small town near Mozambique, Xander Ferreira AKA Gazelle always knew that his future lay in the world of creative expression, something that he has tirelessly pushed to new limits. Taking an infamously eclectic sound on the next phase of a global music explosion, Gazelle turns traditional African music on its head. By mixing it with a fusion of funk, disco and electro the product is a mix of synth-pop, natural rhythms, and a wicked baseline. In the move to New York he teamed up with Steve Williams (Digable Planets / De La Soul / Sade) on drums and Paul Frazier (Digable Planets / Chic / David Byrne) on bass to form the new group in 2012 Gazelle & The Ambassadors. International collaborations have varied as far as Dim Mak’s, Bloody Beetroots first full-length album RAMBORAMA, on the track Theolonius (The Voodoo King), Spoek Mathambo’s Father Creeper on SUB POP, ‘Sunlight’ with Scualo Furano on Nano Records, ‘Passion com Passion’ with Lazyflow on Moveltrax and Skip & Die for ‘Killing Aid’ on Crammed Records.
Jogyo exploded in 2011 with a flash of tribal body paint, groundbreaking live shows and vibrant music that combines hip-hop beats with global sounds. Jogyo immigrated from Jamaica to the states with his mother at the age 10 carrying with him deep connection to his culture which he expresses in a form of "universal african consciousness" called "Nuvo-frique."

Appearing on the 2011 Grammy-nominated album "Kingston Morning " by Deoro, his unique sound became an inspiration for new york night Life and Djs around the world . His first single, RUDE BOY, featuring remixes from legends Eli Escobar and Justin Strauss, reached # 9 on the German club charts in 2012.
Jogyo is currently preparing a mixtape for release this summer and his debut album is slated for later in the year.

Devi Mambouka:
Growing up as the daughter of the Ambassador of Gabon and a Singaporean mother, Devi Mambouka obtained a unique perspective on Africa as a source of our essential being. An NYC resident since the age of 12, Devi has sought to inject her music and performance art with her African heritage. She has become a fixture of the New York nightclub scene as both a DJ and a performer, and her party at Lit Lounge, "Beauty Massacre" was nominated for Paper Magazine's Best Party.  In what Interview Magazine described as a "star turn," Mambouka recently contributed vocals to The Visitors (DENNIS "CITIZEN" KANE AND SAL PRINCIPATO of Liquid Liquid) track, "Night Fever" She is also a part of The Heavy Sound DJ collective and she is the founder of the America Mambouka foundation for the arts.


released April 22, 2013

Mixed By Daniel Schlett at StrangeWeather Studios


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Dither Down Records & Tapes Brooklyn, New York

Dither Down is headed up by Tim Wagner of Sunrise HWY & 33Hz and DJ Chicus of the reggae label, Redbud Records. Blending their love of Indie Pop with Disco, Dub, 80s electro and House, Dither Down releases songs by up and coming New York artists and pairs them with the best new remixers from around the world. ... more

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