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Rwanda, the land of the thousand hills is the birthplace of MC/Producer Mishoo the Drumkit who is releasing his first EP as a solo artist these days.

Born Michael Rugamba Negele, to a Rwandan mother and German father in Kigali, Mishoo was first exposed to African music by artists such as Pepe Kallé and Fela Kuti. It wasn’t until his family moved to Tübingen, Germany that he got into hiphop. He began writing poems at fourteen which turned into penning rap lyrics shortly after, influenced by the likes of HeavyD, Common and Wu Tang Clan’s “Enter the 36 Chambers” LP.

Little time after that, in 1998 he founded the group A-Scholars with DJ Madsen and Producer JP aka Kutty Sark, which would eventually result in the production of the album “Mastermind” around 2002, a collection of soulful, jazzy beats and personal storytelling raps. The production allowed for Mishoo to develop his skills as both an MC and songwriter providing smooth vocals carried by his low voice. Around that time he also co-founded a weekly hiphop event in his hometown Tübingen along DJ Sebastian Pohlmann thus providing a new forum for the local hiphop scene and helping local artists to connect. One notable result is another project of Mishoo’s – “The Sagitarians”, a collaboration of his with producer Jewelz. In 2006 he realized an idea he’d long had, namely forming a live band to perform A-Scholars material with instruments being heavily influenced by the type of sound of the Soulquarians or Roy Hargrove.

When moving away from Tübingen for studies, Mishoo concentrated on beatmaking and production but stayed busy as an MC collaborating with plenty different producers from all over the world, some of whom he’d only connected with through MySpace and other music networks much like how “The Foreign Exchange” LP came together, logically one of Mishoo’s favorite albums.

Coming back to the basic idea, “Born in the Land of a Thousand Hills”, as the title of his new EP reads, is very much a documentary of the path Mishoo the Drumkit has traveled as an artist and a person as he mostly draws from his own life experiences, incorporating his growing up in both Africa and Europe, his travels or people close to him in his music.
“Born in the Land of a Thousand Hills” features an array of young artists that crossed Mishoo’s path over the years, such as producers Comfort Fit, Portformat, Hubert Daviz, Elaquent, Duktus, Swede:art, Drumatic, and MCs/vocalists Dutchmassive, Mr. Nnaji and Shuanise with DJs Madsen and Mawdee contributing cuts and scratches.

The sound is truly soulful, yet with an often electronic approach inspired by the distinct Detroit sound of producers like J Dilla and Karriem Riggins; …however every track has a certain abstract twist to it while never forgetting its Hip Hop roots – Mishoo calls it ‘electro soul’.

“Born in the Land of a Thousand Hills” will be available at www.mishoothedrumkit.com. Release date is the 4th of January.

Written by Holger Jenss

Mishoo The Drumkit Mishoo, Suabia, Germany

  • Mishoo The Drumkit (Instrumentals) 1 track, 2.47 Mishoo The Drumkit on September 23, 2013 08:54

    1. 1. Kasave Soul (Instrumental) by Mishoo The Drumkit 2.47 709 plays
    1. 1. 01 All For One - Produced by Elaquent 5.02 1095 plays
    2. 2. 02 Hope feat. Mr. Nnaji - Produced by Portformat 4.00 379 plays
    3. 3. 03 Rendezvouz feat. Mr. Nnaji - Produced by Comfort Fit 4.04 422 plays
    4. 4. 04 The Call feat. Shuanise - Produced by Hubert Daviz 3.23 859 plays
    5. 5. 05 The Letter feat. Mr. Nnaji - Produced by Drumatic 4.28 905 plays
    6. 6. 06 Shine feat. Shuanise - Produced by Duktus & Swede art 4.54 572 plays
    7. 7. 07 I Won't Stop feat. Dutchmassive - Produced by Comfort Fit 5.45 723 plays
  • A-Scholars "Live at Café Haag" (live album) 6 tracks, 28.04 Mishoo The Drumkit on September 02, 2010 21:18

    1. 1. 02 Paint your picture A-Scholars Live at Cafe Haag 4.39 322 plays
    2. 2. 03 Fruit of the poisoned tree A-Scholars Live at Cafe Haag 3.56 183 plays
    3. 3. 04 After work A-Scholars Live at Cafe Haag 4.24 153 plays
    4. 4. 05 Mashalla A-Scholars Live at Cafe Haag 5.41 199 plays
    5. 5. 06 Average Guy A-Scholars Live at Cafe Haag 6.10 119 plays
    6. 6. 01 Intro (The morning trail poem) A-Scholars Live at Cafe Haag 3.12 231 plays
  • MISHOO'S UNIVERSE Podcast 0 tracks, 0.00 Mishoo The Drumkit on June 12, 2009 08:36

    This set contains only private tracks.
    1. 1. Duet 3.39 182 plays
    2. 2. Sometimes 3.47 132 plays
    3. 3. Be You 3.25 86 plays

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