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TheSlowMusicMovement Friday is a busy day for releases but the new LP from Odd Okoddo (Olith Ratego & Sven Kacirek) for Pingipung stands tall with it's perfect blend of traditonal & beguiling African vocals, Kacirek's well honed Afro futuristic percussion, most complimentary of electronic embellishments & occasional dub tickles. Outstanding.
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Andrew Jervis Sublime genre-bending, border-crossing, ancient-to-future African business. A top 10 record for 2019 for me. Favorite track: Okitwoye.
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Lost Tribe Sound ODD OKODDO is a debut of sorts, involving Sven Kacirek who blew me away with 'Kenya Sessions', my favorite work of his to date. It paired brilliant marimba & beat driven electro-acoustic sound with field recordings and vocalists from Kenya. 'Auma' finds Kacirek joining with musician Olith Ratego who appeared on 'Kenya Sessions'. With 'Auma' they've made a most timeless album. Forward thinking enough to avoid the cliche pitfalls of most world music, 'Auma' is organic, danceable, and full of life! Favorite track: Auma.
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    This is Pingipung 068. The LP edition of AUMA is has been beautifully designed by Ventral is Golden, including a printed inner sleeve with liner notes by Tabu Osusa of Ketebul Records and explanations about the song lyrics. Mastered and cut by Andreas Bauer, limited to 700 copies.

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Joka Awuor 03:58
Auma 04:29
Okitwoye 06:39
Hera Kende 03:10
Muziki 02:27
Mama Yo 04:57
Adhiambo 03:43


ODD OKODDO is a Kenyan/German duo consisting of Olith Ratego and Sven Kacirek.

The two artists met in Kenya, about a decade ago, when Sven Kacirek was recording his "Kenya Sessions", an album that put Kacirek on the map of outernational producers. It was reviewed as a "World Music 2.0" (de:bug magazine), whose "fascination endures" (The Wire). Olith Ratego also made an appearance on the "Kenya Sessions”, on the track "Too Good To Be True".

The duo formed the project ODD OKODDO in 2018, with the two musicians joining their various talents which dovetail in perfection. Ratego writes the lyrics and vocal melodies while Kacirek composes, records and produces the arrangements of all nine songs on AUMA. They create a colourful, dynamic sound which is defined by both Ratego’s enormous vocal compass and range of timbres as well as Kacirek’s outstanding skills as a sensitive percussionist.

Olith Ratego sings in a musical style called "dodo", which originates from the shores of Lake Victoria in Kenya, high in pitch and soulfully expressive. He refers to his music as "dodo blues". His lyrics touch upon the topics of politics, family and of course: love. As a skilled luthier, Ratego builds his instruments himself, like the five-stringed Okodo which lends its name to the project.

Sven Kacirek is a multi-instrumentalist who has been commuting between Germany and Kenya for many years now. In the past he has closely collaborated with various international musicians, among them Nils Frahm and Shabaka Hutchings. Kacirek’s sound builds upon a powerful bass marimba which is present throughout the album. It sometimes invokes the sound of a tuned 808 kick-drum. He works with an arsenal of Kenyan percussion instruments as well as household objects and found materials. Kacirek has now settled into a signature sound which has been described as "thrilling and dizzyingly inventive" by the Australian Cyclic Defrost magazine.

The LP comes with a printed inner sleeve with liner notes by Tabu Osusa from the Nairobi based label Ketebul as well as explanations about the song lyrics.


released October 18, 2019

All compositions by Olith Ratego & Sven Kacirek.
All lyrics written by Olith Ratego.
Arranged and produced by Sven Kacirek.
Vocal recordings by Steve Kivutia at Ketebul Studio.
Artwork by Ventral Is Golden.
Cover Photo by Martin Drix Muyeshi.
Sven Kacirek would like to thank Tabu Osusa and Evelyne Mocha Nyokangi.
Olith Ratego would like to thank Lucy Ilado.

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ODD OKODDO is a Kenyan/German duo formed by Olith Ratego and Sven Kacirek.

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