‘2 Sim’ is a phrase the references mobile phones with two sim cards to describe people of mixed heritage, dual nationality or multiple residences. After being called a 2 Sim in conversation with a stranger whilst on a walk through Freetown (a recording of this moment features on the record), Duval began to explore what the 2 Sim experience is in contemporary West-Africa.
2 Sim was created from 2 months of field recordings and interviews with family, friends and peers in Freetown Sierra Leone. These site specific recordings are collaged with solo piano recordings and production recorded in Sierra Leone and the UK. The EP is accompanied by a short film/ music video of the same name which Duval shot and Directed whilst making the record.
1. 2 Sim (7:05)
Additional guitar by Arthur Timothy
Vocal recordings/interviews with (in order of appearance): Geoffrey Awoonor-Renner, Arthur Timothy, Folayemi Brown, Dominic Hope, Henry Jay Kamara, Elkanah Coker, Ibiye Camp, Daniel & Valentine Coker, Sydney Timothy Nichols, Duval Timothy
2. Botany Rd (6:28)
Vocals: Sydney Timothy Nichols, John (Soja) Sesay, Julius
3. All Things (10:38)
Vocals: Sia Williams, Ruth Kamara, Sydney Nichols, John (Soja) Sesay, Harriett Grace (Pineapple) Williams
4. First Rain (7:28)
Vocals: Daniel & Valentine Coker
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