Saronde are Chris Pedley and Ollie Wood, founders of the Beating Heart label which sits on an untapped archive of 70-year-old field recordings housed at the International Library of African Music (ILAM) founded by ethnomusicologist Hugh Tracey and The Kikuyu.
New Saronde single Firewood samples one of these field recordings of 50’s Kikuyu all female acapella sung by young unmarried girls as they collect or carry back home firewood. It is an enchanting and delightful use of vocal evocative of youthful innocence and is complemented sublimely by Kenyan superstar Idd Aziz and a modern jazz funk pop disco splash of deliciously catchy jazz guitar, bass, and drums.
Firewood shows another level being reached as this real feel good track brings positivity, smiling faces and lots of energy across an unprecedented global summer. The accompanying video is like a Rick & Morty acid trip with abstract animated figures dancing and shaking their butts to the infectious rhythm of this banger.