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Oom is the brainchild of South African Jon Ackerman and a mysterious figure known as The Wizard. They assembled a collective of local young musicians with backgrounds in Zulu music, funk, jazz and hip-hop. Their experiments in the studio fused traditional music with cutting-edge technology and an urban attitude.

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"Anoma" features lead vocals by Alf Mofokeng (pictured here), who was an engineer at the studio where the album was recorded. He apprenticed there for two years during which time he recorded a few tracks of his own music. He was diagnosed with tuberculosis and passed away shortly after "Anoma" was recorded. "Anoma (I’m a Poor Man)" is a Swahili song about a man looking for meaning to life beyond physical existence.

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