Who ARE Kamel nitrate?


A chance encounter between Tony Marrison, a producer/multi-instrumentalist who had worked on Tom McRae's Mercury-nominated debut album - and Nelson Dilation, a trail-blazing world fusion DJ, led to the birth of Kamel Nitrate. They discovered a shared love of funk, world exotica, 70's soundtracks and sci-fi themes and channelled them into a style pithily described as dubxotic ethnofunkadelia.

After a series of remixes for world fusion luminaries such as Transglobal Underground, James Asher and more they began work on their first album, forming a band on the way. The result was 2003's "Lost In Spice", a euphoric explosion of funky drums, swirling organs, brass, sitars and vocals from all over the planet. They hit the road, toured Europe and were hailed as "the future of world music" by BBC's Andy Kershaw.

After parting ways with Nelson, Kamel Nitrate is now a collective of musicians helmed by Tony. For this album he was joined by 15 stellar musicians including Egyptian street belly dance artist Guy Schalom, former Fela Kuti sideman Jean-Claude Yebga Dikoba, other-worldy Polish prodigy Jarmila Xymena Gorna, new ancient Griot El Crisis, Nika Boon, Portuguese Future Fado singer Mario Joao Branco, Sharon Gitau and Santa Mutanuka, plus the original Kamels from the first album and many others.



World music always tells stories about the present or the past. Kamel Nitrate use sounds and rhythms from every part of the globe to tell stories about the future.

Lebanon Elevator is the second of a planned trilogy of albums about humankind’s exodus from the Earth. Epic, funky, sometimes dark, sometimes tongue-in-cheek, but always bursting with invention and surprises, Lebanon Elevator will take your imagination on a wild ride into the depths of space. Lustful aliens, passive-aggressive androids, spores from space - it’s a new breed of out-of-this-world music!