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Black Metamorphosis

by Lamin Fofana

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rikm "Black Metamorphosis" creates a lushly detailed aural landscape for exploration, drawing the listener in and revealing textured layers and rich nuance.

An excellent release that encourages and rewards repeated listening...
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underneathoceans A fascinating ambient work. Listening to this with the concept in mind is an incredible auditory journey. Favorite track: Dawn.
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Michael Mueller A sublty bold album, Lamin Fofana has crafted a nuanced, sophisticated ambient work that draws upon many touchstones of the genre whilst still creating something that feels timely and new.

Many artists are suggested within, notably including Visible Cloaks, Actress, and Loscil. There are world-music flourishes nestling against audio static, and it is the friction between organic and inorganic elements that focuses listener attention on notions of change or transformation.

A great release. Favorite track: I'm Your Question.
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Dawn 04:26
Sono 03:56
Enchantment 04:06


Lamin Fofana presents BLACK METAMORPHOSIS, the first installment of an album trilogy inspired in part by Sylvia Wynter’s unpublished manuscript of the same title written in the 1970s.

In his latest album, he contemplates the complicated process of understanding each other, while also desiring to accelerate the breaking of the world so we can move beyond the constraints of our time and dream up new sets of relationships. Lamin’s overlapping interests in history and contemporary circumstances and practice of transmuting text into the affective medium of sound brought him to “Black Metamorphosis” and the wider project of Black Studies. Sylvia Wynter's “Black Metamorphosis: New Natives in a New World” is an unpublished 900-plus page manuscript written in the 1970s which is arguably one of the most important and most compelling interpretations of the black experience in the Western hemisphere.

What happens when black people find themselves in the West? What ways are African aesthetics forced to permutate, outside the margins and in the in-between spaces, and what transformative potential lies on the outskirts of normative existence, in the “liminal zones”?

Reflecting on the sonorous power of Sylvia Wynter, BLACK METAMORPHOSIS , which is the title piece on this release, this is an attempt to transmute Lamin’s interpretation of a concept he finds deeply inspiring and illuminating of his own experience as a black African in contemporary Europe.

BLACK METAMORPHOSIS is pressed on limited edition 180 gram vinyl. Only 100 copies worldwide. 25 available here.


released November 1, 2019

Black Metamorphosis
Produced & Mixed by Lamin Fofana
Artwork by Jim C. Nedd
Design by Simone Trabucchi


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