NIHILOXICA / UGA
Nihiloxica is a live project that harnesses the full force of the ancient Bugandan drumming tradition of Uganda and focusses it on the contemporary dancefloor through a dark, brooding lens of techno sensibility. Everything started out with the Nilotika Cultural Ensemble – a local Bugandan drum set and a troupe of powerful players – that provided an outlet for the youth of Kampala, teaching spiritual, musical and tailoring practices to underprivileged communities around the city.The rhythmic force of the Ensemble began to perform at a club night in Kampala’s blossoming electronic scene called Boutiq Electroniq. The DJs at the embryonic Nyege club night would lay down electronic tracks, and Nilotika would jam along. In 2017 Spooky-J, a jazz drummer and producer releasing on Blip Discs, and pq, a sound engineer and synthesist, came to Kampala to write, rehearse, and record a set of live recordings that would form the group’s debut EP, Nihiloxica, that was released to widespread critical acclaim on Nyege Nyege Tapes.
While Ugandan music often treads the happier side of life, Nihiloxica brings the drums of Buganda and ships them to the underworld and back in a live project designed to utilise the trance-like state created by indigenous percussion troupes and fuse it with club music from the basements of Europe designed to achieve exactly the same goals.