TSHEGUE’s ‘Muanapoto’ soundtracks the new Fenty Beauty digital campaign20 August 2019
TSHEGUE are the official soundtrack to Rihanna’s new Fenty Beauty digital campaign, with track ‘Muanapoto’ lifted from the band’s debut EP ‘Survivor’, accompanied by a UK VMA-nominated official video.
The news follows on from warm reception to the French-Congolese duo’s latest EP ‘Telema’ and a pleasant recognition of the 2017 track ahead of their festival appearance at WOMAD in the UK this summer. You can watch the campaign video below, and listen to ‘Telema’ in full here.
‘Telema’, the latest offering from Congolese singer Faty Sy Savanet and French-Cuban producer Nicolas Dacunha, includes Radio 1 & 6Music-supported singles ‘The Wheel’ and ‘M’Benga Bila’ and follows on from 2017’s introductory ‘Survivor’ EP. Taking their name from the Congolese slang word for the boys who gather on the streets of Kinshasa, Faty Sy Savanet used her also-childhood-nickname to mark her place as a powerhouse front woman.
The kinetic energy of ‘Telema’ spills over across the EP – both ‘MBenga Bila’ – featured on the official soundtrack to French cinema release ‘Black Snake’ – and ‘Solola’ harness the offbeat propulsion of loping marching band percussion, pitched against Faty’s near-androgynous vocals. Elsewhere, the trilled guitar loops of ‘Telema’s title track land TSHEGUE somewhere closer to desert rock, dialling back the tempo at the expense of none of their muscular intensity.
“Merge punk syncopation with sledgehammer rhythms to form something truly infectious” – The Fader
“TSHEGUE are the band of summer” –Vogue
“TSHEGUE are stimulated by danger, and are a formidable force ” – The Line of Best Fit
“The Afropunks about to soundtrack your summer” – i-D
“Rackety, rhythmic junkyard productions with nods to punk and techno, of which The Wheel is a grimy and exhilarating paradigm” – The Guardian T
“Dealing with hype is never easy, and TSHEGUE sound like they’ve come through it bruised but defiant, determined to up the intensity and tell their truth in ever more forceful terms” – The Quietus
“Sounds like the evil, Clash-loving twin of the Mbongwana Star crew or the Congotronics collective, with a side helping of surging feminist suss” – MOJO
“Every note is of dynamic, pulsing jubilation” – NPRA