"Enyimba enii "

Enyimba​ ​is​ ​a​ ​traditional chant​ (dating as far back as the 9th Century) ​sung​ ​by​ ​warriors and hunters from the​ ​Igbo​ ​tribe​ ​of​ ​Nigeria​ ​when​ ​it’s​ ​time​ ​for​ ​war.​

For their new single, Yankari​ ​put a​ ​twist​ ​on​ ​this​ ​and​ ​tell​ ​a​ ​tale​ ​of​ ​an​ ​immigrant​ ​leaving​ ​his​ ​homeland​ ​for​ ​a​ ​better​ ​life​ ​in​ ​a “white​ ​man’s”​ ​country.​ ​What​ ​ensues​ ​is​ ​a​ ​journey​ ​of​ ​realisation:​ ​the​ ​grass​ ​is​ ​not​ ​always greener​ ​on​ ​the​ ​other​ ​side,​ ​and​ ​he​ ​faces​ ​obstacles​ ​in​ ​the​ ​form​ ​of​ ​his​ ​new​ ​hosts​ ​and​ ​the struggle​ ​to​ ​make​ ​a​ ​life.

The​ ​band​ ​felt​ ​a​ ​chorus​ ​of​ ​voices​ ​was​ ​necessary​ ​for​ ​Enyimba​ ​and​ ​reached​ ​out​ ​to​ ​an​ ​inner city​ ​youth​ ​project​ ​in​ ​Dublin,​ ​spending​ ​a​ ​day​ ​recording​ ​there.​ ​These​ ​young​ ​voices provide​ ​an​ ​emotional​ ​anchor​ ​to​ ​the​ ​piece​ ​and​ ​in​ ​doing​ ​so​ ​create​ ​a​ ​one​ ​time​ ​only​ ​event: Dublin​ ​youths​ ​singing​ ​an​ ​Igbo​ ​chant,​ ​thousands​ ​of​ ​years​ ​old,​ ​in​ ​2017.
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