Mankwe Ndosi & Body MemOri’s riveting lyric-less album, “felt/not said,” features Ndosi using her voice as a wildly versatile instrument. Created in collaboration with Cellist Tomeka Reid, Contrabasso player Silvia Bolognesi, and percussionist Davu Seru, with mixing by Greg Schutte, the album explores the notion of healing through sonic sounds and rhythms.
“And so, the way that this album came about is asking each of the players to cycle around a start from their bodies,” says Ndosi. “And start with finding a space of flow, a space of freeze, a space of fight, a space of flight, or dissociation to begin an improvisational session …”
Here’s Ndosi, speaking to Sheila Regan about the origins of her technique, how the album came together, and what it means to be an artist in this moment.
Banner image: album art by Keegan Xavi. Soundcloud image: Sally Nixon.
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