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New music from Zara McFarlane has just been made available by Brownswood Recordings.

The tune Black Treasure marks a departure in Zara’s creative direction, uniting her with experimental producers Kwake Bass and Wu-Lu.

According to Zara, Black Treasure is a blend of rhythms from the Jamaican folk traditions of Bruckins Party, Dinki Mini & Kumina, with the added futuristic, wonky signatures on production from Kwake and Wu-Lu. It is inspired by images of piracy and treasure-hunting from times past, the lyrics unmasking the exploitation of African and West Indian countries by the British Empire through the slave trade.

The music was created at Kwake & Wu-Lu’s South London studio, The Room [in Hither Green]. Drummer, producer and musical director Kwake Bass has worked with Mica Levi, MF Doom, Sampha and Kate Tempest. Wu-Lu is a multi-instrumentalist artist and producer, with a solid body of genre-bending music, working with some of the freshest names emerging from UK jazz, soul and more, such as Ego Ella May, Lex Amor, and Poppy Ajudah.