With the upcoming release of her debut EP WARN-U, Tri Angle is extremely excited to introduce Ayshay. Born in Senegal, raised in Kuwait and now living in New York City, Fatima Al Qadiri is the producer and vocalist behind Ayshay. Fueled by her fascination with the sacred songs of Islam WARN-U is a homage and reinterpretation of the sounds that have haunted Al Qadiri since she was a child. Constructed entirely out of her own vocals, which she filtered and layered upon one another WARN-U is Al Qadiri’s attempt to reconfigure the concept of “sacred” music as inspiring divine love and divine fear. Even in her adoption of the name Ayshay, a flippant term which means “whatever” in Arabic, Fatima Al Qadiri seeks to distance the austere values inherent in worship music from her own interpretation of the latter.
Listening to the three songs Al Qadiri has created for this record, which work in sequence almost as a tone poem, conjures up a dizzying array of mixed, sometimes indefinable emotions. They sound menacing and yet strangely comforting, ancient and bizarrely futuristic. Personally speaking, having lived with these songs for a great deal of time I still cannot pinpoint exactly how they make me feel, and in many regards I hope I never can.
As well as Al Qadiri’s own original material, the record features an epic 12-minute-long megamix by LA based production duo Nguzunguzu. In keeping with the tone poem vibe of the original songs, we agreed that the remix element of the record should mirror this, and so as opposed to commissioning a bunch of different remixers to put their spin on the material, we decided to have one act create one giant reinterpretation of all the songs featured on WARN-U, something which we referred to throughout the creative process as a remix suite, of sorts. Being friends and admirers of Nguzunguzu, they felt like the perfect choice, and we’re extremely proud of what they conjured up for this project.
When she’s not producing music as Ayshay, Fatima Al Qadiri is responsible for the Global. Wav column on the brilliant online NYC culture magazine DIS, using her column to draw attention to the kind of obscure pop music that generally goes unnoticed in the Western world. Late last year she gained some online attention with the ‘Muslim Trance’ mix she made exclusively for DIS. The mix was made up of original Ayshay material which in contrast to the original acapellas of WARN-U, reinterpreted Islamic anthems by sampling sacred Shi’ite and Sunni vocals with original music. You can listen to that mix here.
Opening track WARN-U, is available to stream, and we’ve made “WARN-U (Nguzunguzu Remix)” available as an exclusive free download here as well as a stream. This individual remix wont be on the record, but instead forms part of the larger “WARN-U EP (Nguzunguzu Megamix)” that does feature on the EP.
WARN-U will be available worldwide 26th September 2011 on LP, CD, and digital formats.
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