What makes three Norwegian musicians follow the sound of a boat invented in Southern Norway all the way to Zanzibar? And what kinds of sound images arise from an encounter between a high speed catamaran engine, a coast line and the sea, Norwegian sound art and traditional East African music?
The idea of making music inspired by the sounds of the engine of the Norwegian produced high-speed craft Westamaran was initiated by Sigbjørn Nedland. The Westamarans were produced in Mandal and operated along the Norwegian coast in the 70s and 80s. The boats represent a pioneering chapter in Norwegian industrial history. All of this resulted in the realization of an album project and a creative musical collaboration between the performers Hallvard Wennersberg Hagen (Xploding Plastix), Erland Dahlen (Nils Petter Molvær, Odd Nordstoga etc.) and Bjorn Charles Dreyer (Anne Grete Preus, Mari Boine etc.).
A common fascination for the sound of boat engines, coastal culture and Southern Norwegian industry brought Hagen, Dahlen and Dreyer together. They rushed eagerly into the project of telling the fantastic story of the Westamaran. A mixture of an adventurous spirit and a musical urge to explore brought the project to Zanzibar, Tanzania, where the performers tracked down one of several Westamarans that had been operating between the island and the mainland. In Zanzibar a musical collaboration was organized with the local artists Mohammed Issa Matona and Anania Ngoriga. They contributed performances of traditional East African music on original instruments to the project.
Together all musicians in this production share and convey a story, creating a distinctive artistic expression based on coastal culture, industrial history, differ- ent music traditions and sound art.
Sigbjørn Nedland, a radio producer at NRK and a music producer and project coordinator, has, with his extensive network in Africa, assisted in the process, and acted as co-producer. The album was mixed and mastered by Jens Petter Nilsen at Tinfoil Audio, and released on the Hevhetia label.
Together with the band Piston Ltd., Dreyer has previously released an album based on the sound of the well-known Marna engine.