08 Umameke Dearowakod by The Lani Singers published on 2012-05-31T21:47:47Z The Lani Singers released their debut album, Ninalik Ndawi (Freedom Song), in November 2008 through the UK independent record label Dancing Turtle Records. Recorded over a two year period, the collection of songs that make up Ninalik Ndawi are reflective of the remarkable journey that Benny and Maria have travelled. Steeped in the rich traditions of the Lani tribe as well their own contemporary compositions that are reflective of their plight. These are their songs of hope, love and pain. These are their songs of freedom. The album was produced by Engin Hassan, and also featured guest appearances from English musicians Roger Harmar on fretless bass and Nick Radcliffe on slide guitar. The Guardian newspaper described the album as ‘a gently haunting, rhythmic set that results from a remarkable personal story, and a little-reported struggle‘. It also received reviews in publications including Songlines, Observer Music Monthly, fRoots and The Wire.