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1st single from the forthcoming album `Lectric Veve
by Black Arts Lab & The Lost Tribe of Benin Mass Choir

‘Lectric Veve was originally produced as an instrumental track, but upon experimenting with layering multi-vocal samples, it evolved beyond my expectation and inadvertently evoked parallels between a Sunday morning African-American Pentecostal church service (the root of House Music) and a Benin-West African Vodun ceremony. As I started to add the vocal samples, I was inspired by an interview with The Hives, in which they state, "We discovered if you play the same riff as long as possible before changing it, people go crazy!"
So, fasten your seatbelts and enjoy the ride!

- Black Arts Lab & (the fictitious) “Lost Tribe of Benin Mass Choir” - Oct. 2018

of, relating to, or denoting any of a number of Christian sects and individuals emphasizing baptism in the Holy Spirit, evidenced by speaking in tongues, prophecy, healing, and exorcism.[with reference to the baptism in the Holy Spirit at the first Pentecost (Acts 2: 9-11).]

Vodun (meaning spirit in the Fon and Ewe languages) is practiced by the Fon people of Benin, and southern and central Togo; as well in Ghana, and Nigeria. It is distinct from the various traditional African religions in the interiors of these countries and is the main source of religions with similar names found among the African diaspora in the Americas - Wiki

A eve (also spelled vèvè or vevè) is a religious symbol commonly used in different branches of voodoo throughout the African diaspora - Wiki

Benin, West Africa
Birthplace of Voodoo


from 'Lectric Veve, track released October 31, 2018
Written, Arranged & Produced by Black Arts Lab
Black Arts Laboratory - Berlin
Vocals - Lost Tribe of Benin Mass Choir

Design by RogerSelvage/Monad Creative
ofmonad AT gmail DOT com

Cover Photo
"Young women dancing in trance for the vodun spirit Atagali in Benin, 1994" © Henning Christoph/SOA Museum
Used with kind permission

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