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Shafts of Sunlight

by Lamin Fofana

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« Nothing more than that. No god or divinity to it.

...But one is haunted that there is more there. I mean, whales inhabit my imagination. Underground and under the water there are larger forms which have deeper resonance and we haven’t yet reached them. »

- Kamau Brathwaite, An Interview with Kamau Brathwaite by Nathaniel Mackey

Sierra Leonean artist and producer Lamin Fofana continues new album triptych with Shafts of Sunlight. With gentle, glacial sound-design and field recording, this second album in the ongoing series questions impositions of western rationality in music.

Shafts of Sunlight

What can we say here? Aiming at difficult things, difficult meanings. Not trying to say anything. The meaning is in the opening and the breaking and the making of the music. Music theory is not a universal thing. It’s culturally a very specific thing, which is 18th century European art music which is coterminous with European imperialism and expansionism. How do you respond to the violence and brutality of classical music theory and European imperialism and expansionism culturally and economically all over the globe for the last five hundred years? Music theory, the site of musical composition, is a site of struggle and resistance, and we must constantly look for ways to sabotage, refuse or as Fred Moten would say obliterate it by exposing its contradictions, because western worship of reason denies most of us the right to exist.


released July 29, 2022

Written & Produced: Lamin Fofana
Artwork: Jim C. Nedd
Design: Simone Trabucchi
Recorded in 2021 during an Akademie Schloss Solitude fellowship in Stuttgart with support from Haus der Kunst, Munich and Foundation for Contemporary Arts, New York.


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