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Cheza Usilie / Gondi

by Unganisha

  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    Unganisha is a duo, combining Norwegian electronic artist Bernt Isak Wærstad and Kenyan musician and vocalist Labdi Ommes. Aside from her distinctive voice, Labdi plays the orutu: a single stringed instrument which has traditionally only been played by men.

    2022 has seen Unganisha storming a brace of international festivals, as well as debuting their ambitious stage production ‘MAMARINA’, which integrated their music with light, text, video, scenography and costume. Heaven’s Lathe is excited to be releasing the vinyl debut from this cutting edge duo.

    A-side: ‘Cheza Usilie’. A kinetic feast with real dance floor appeal. Labdi’s performance is both subtle and vibrant, whilst Wærstad’s rich rhythmic electronics are warm and sensual.

    B-side: ‘Gondi’. Labdi’s bewitching vocal melody swims through a lattice of shuffling polyrhythms, courtesy of guest percussionist Ane Marthe Sørlien Holen. As ever, there is way more going on than initially meets the ear. Wærstad tucks all kinds of thrilling flourishes into the production.

    “The way they blend strong African melodies with cool North European synth lines is very distinctive... Unganisha have minted a sound that is theirs alone.” - Totally Radio

    “Such a rich, interesting fusion of sounds... Totally spellbinding.” - Nordic Music Review

    Unganisha is a Swahili word, meaning to unify or connect. An extremely appropriate name for an outfit whose avowed intention is to bridge east-African traditional music with western experimental sounds and electronic club grooves. The fact the results work so beautifully is a source of delight.


    Transparent 7” high quality stereo lathe cut vinyl with engraved Heavens Lathe logo. 230gsm sleeve. Black inner sleeve with PVC protective sleeve. Includes digital download of the full length tracks.

    The vinyl will ship within a polylined inner sleeve. Includes a 'lathe cut' care card.

    Limited edition of 100, hand numbered.


    Heaven’s Lathe artists are curated by writer, broadcaster and DJ Graham Duff. All lathe cutting and engineering by Michael Lawrence (Bladud Flies!). Designed by Lauren Winton (Bladud Flies!).

    Includes unlimited streaming of Cheza Usilie / Gondi via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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    edition of 100 
    Purchasable with gift card

      £10 GBP or more 

    You own this  


  • Digital Album
    Streaming + Download

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    Purchasable with gift card

      £1,000 GBP  or more

    You own this


Cheza Usilie 04:12
Gondi 04:14


A grand? Not really. With this release we can't actually offer you the digital files only. But BC rules mean we have to put a price here. Sorry.


released September 2, 2022

Written, produced and performed by Labdi Ommes and Bernt Isak Wærstad

Additional drums on 'GONDI' by Ane Marthe Sørlien Holen

Recorded in Brageveien Studio, Oslo
Mixed by Bernt Isak Wærstad

Art by Labdi Ommes
Design by Bernt Isak Wærstad

Mastered by Michael Lawrence


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