Nose Dive

by Deep Dive Set

Faaji Agba 02:50
Ginga 03:33
Osogbo 05:43
Oro 03:55


Deep Dive Set is the Afroconscious hip-hop folk duo comprising of Joburg based Nigerian vocalist/emcee and sample excavator Damola alongside Malaysia based Joburg born producer Eye-on-Feather.

The record methodically explores themes of neocolonialism using futuristic mutations of pre-colonial folkloric and oral traditions. The project embarks of a voyage to flip the language of rap on it's head, in order to expose its African heritage. Jazzy philoso-raps splashed over broody lofi-beats swaddled in West African rhythm and sample palettes. The work harnesses the archival function of hip-hop, regarding the role of sampling in the preservation of black memory. The record aims to repatriate fragmented elements of the African identity by reinstating them in the thrones of reference.

It does so by excavating the indigenous root words of the sample phraseology used to make hip-hop. “ I had taken an interest in sakara, apala, juju, fuji, highlife and other related music looking for loops to spit to. I had chopped some of them, going for funk, enveloped in dub sounding pieces. The intention was to hear beats I had never heard before, looking to build a typology that’s seminal.” says Damola


released February 7, 2020

Written by
Damola Owolade
"Resolution" co-written by Zetina

Produced by
Papi Moshodi

Artwork by
Tshego Nyatlo

Final Mix and Master by
Zain Vally

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