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fujako + HHY and the macumbas


...FUJAKO came out of the clash of Jonathan U. Saldanha and Nyko Esterle, two producers obsessed with echo and bass. The first one, raised in Portugal and part of the collectives Soopa and Mécanosphère, deals with sonic alchemy, and is also known as HHY. The second one, raised in France, part of the Radon collective and a rider of the sound waves, is also known as Ripit. Both met to summon music of unlooped hip-hop, filled with spectres of haunting dub and ecstatic scapes.

HHY & The Macumbas

The Macumbas are a cast of musicians assembled by Jonathan Saldanha (HHY) to perform his space-age voodoo Dub constructions, combining a feverish barrage of Haitian ceremonial bone-percussion, heavy sub-bass lines, clusters of horns and Skull Cave echo.

Influenced by Magick and ritual, they use Dub to unravel the sonic spectrum that connects King Tubby and Sun Ra with Macumba rhythms from the mental jungle.


* Jonathan Saldanha– organ, percussion, programming, dub strategies
* Rui Leal – bass
* Álvaro Almeida – trumpet
* João Filipe – drums, percussion
* Henrique Fernandes – bass
* André Rocha – trumpet, percussion
* Rui Fernandes - trombone
* Frankão - percussion