The latest addition to the NON Records family—the label run by America's Chino Amobi, South Africa's ANGEL-HO, and the U.K.'s Nkisi—is Argentinian artist Moro. Based in Buenos Aires, Moro's work is concerned with highlighting the African roots of his country's most famous musical export: tango. In a statement on NON's Soundcloud, he explains how Argentina's population is made up of the descendants of white European immigrants and—what's "usually hidden in history books"—the enslaved African people they brought with them, as well as a marginalized native community.
"I feel one of my duties is to go back to the African part of tango, to reclaim the rhythm and to make it important and visible again," he says in the statement. "As part of this duty I'm making this genre I decided to call Ramba." Today, NON is releasing Moro's debut EP, San Benito (buy it here), and you can hear the record's tense and waterlogged standout "Libres," below. In lieu of a quote about the track, Moro wrote us a poem that provides some veiled context:
Libres / / Free (Plural)
Water means life, yet it can drown you; it grows forests but also
Water can be habitat for the fish, but also serve as a human graveyard.
Water is the true ruler of earth, yet it is slave to The Moon, and it
gets killed everyday by The Sun.
No matter how many times it dies and evaporates, water comes back; it is the true form of Resistance.
We humans are still (and forever will be) slaves, just like water.
Freedom is not a choice in this universe.
We are 70% made of water, grab your chains and feel libre to make a choice.