In A Galaxy
New album from London-based Dutch-Zimbabwean pop innovator Rina Mushonga. Mushonga doesn’t follow a linear path. The artist’s music—a blend of Afropop, indie, and electro flourishes—is informed by her own zigzagging life journey: Mushonga emigrated from Zimbabwe to the Netherlands, then to the diverse South London suburb of Peckham, where she now lives and works. Having read Metamorphoses for the first time Mushonga’s self-confessed ‘year of transformation’ ensued 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. Four years in the making, In A Galaxy was recorded in Mushonga’s adopted home in 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
LP - Pink Vinyl.