Alright, album is finally coming out November 1st. It’s titled Black Metamorphosis. It is directly inspired by Sylvia Wynter and Black Studies. Black Metamorphosis is pressed on limited edition 180g vinyl and few copies will be available at upcoming events and performances. Jim C. Nedd created the cover image and Simone Trabucchi designed the vinyl. On November 2nd, Jim and I will be presenting the album at Savvy Contemporary in Berlin. You can preview on Bandcamp.
Savvy Contemporary Berlin event:
In his latest album, he contemplates the complicated process of understanding each other, while also desiring to accelerate the breaking of the world so we can move beyond the constraints of our time and dream up new sets of relationships. Lamin’s overlapping interests in history and contemporary circumstances and practice of transmuting text into the affective medium of sound brought him to “Black Metamorphosis” and the wider project of Black Studies. Sylvia Wynter’s “Black Metamorphosis: New Natives in a New World” is an unpublished 900-plus page manuscript written in the 1970s which is arguably one of the most important and most compelling interpretations of the black experience in the Western hemisphere.
What happens when black people find themselves in the West? What ways are African aesthetics forced to permutate, outside the margins and in the in-between spaces, and what transformative potential lies on the outskirts of normative existence, in the “liminal zones”?
Reflecting on the sonorous power of Sylvia Wynter, BLACK METAMORPHOSIS, which is the title piece on this release, this is an attempt to transmute Lamin’s interpretation of a concept he finds deeply inspiring and illuminating of his own experience as a black African in contemporary Europe.