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Martin Khanja (aka Lord Spike Heart) and Sam Karugu emerge from Nairobi's flourishing underground metal scene as former members of the bands Lust of a Dying Breed and Seeds of Datura. In 2019 they formed Duma (Darkness in kikuyu) with Sam abandoning bass for production and guitars and Lord Spike Heart providing extreme vocals to the project.

Their unique sound fuses the frenetic euphoria, unrelenting physicality and rebellious attitude of hardcore punk and trash metal with bone-crunching breakcore and raw, nihilist industrial noise through a claustrophobic vortex of visceral screams.

Duma are a sinister force facing pain and difficult emotions head on is the place from which Khanja writes. A sonic aggression of feral intensity with disregard for styles, the duo promises to impact the hungry East African metal scene moving it into totally new, boundary-challenging experimental territories. Their 2020 debut on Nyege Nyege Tapes has received accolades from the press, including best album in several end-of-the-year lists (Pitchfork, The Wire, The Quietus…)

Duma has a Subpop's singles club 7", a new AV collaboration with Jesse Kanda, and a remix for Mdou Moctar dropping soon.

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Genre: Metal
Subgenre: Avant / Experimental
From: Nairobi, KENYA