|Add Date:||2013-01-26||Pull Date:||2013-03-31||Charts:||Reggae/World|
|Week Ending:||Mar 31||Mar 10||Feb 24||Feb 10||Feb 3|
|1.||Mar 24, 2013:||Minding The Store
|4.||Feb 06, 2013:||The Red Wheelbarrow
|2.||Mar 09, 2013:||Music Casserole
Appia Kwa Bridge
|5.||Feb 02, 2013:||minimum entropy
|3.||Feb 23, 2013:||Music Casserole
|6.||Feb 02, 2013:||Music Casserole
Nsu Na Kwan
Modern world music at its finest. Afrobeat rhythms throughout. 77 year old Ebo Taylor is living proof that musicality need not suffer with age. He is from Ghana, and his collaborations with such greats as Fela Kuti can only tell part of the story. His discography is full of historical gems for avid listeners of good music. However, one need not search any further than this newest release, to be convinced of Ebo's extraordinary talents. This project is a wonderful treat for the listener. Who knew Ghana was such a funky place?
Recommended: 1, 3, 4, 6, 7
1. Ayesama (7:05)
This is straightforward Afrobeat, orchestrated in the traditional fashion: funky organ, guitar, horns and percussion, laced with vocal chants that only enhance the jam already in session. Seven minutes of African funk.
2. Abonsam (5:31)
Steady percussion with wonderful notes from the lead guitar. An intermittent horn arrangement contributes to this awesome groove. Vocals commence at 1:10. A breakdown at 3:15 is followed up by an absolutely splendid guitar solo. Super funky!
3. Nsu Na Kwan (4:49)
Lovely collage of strings, with intricate percussion underneath. Horn arrangement provides a nice intro for the soulful vocals, which come in at 1:08.
4. Yaa Amponsah (4:29)
No drums or percussion, but the stringed instruments and vocals come together quite nicely for a rich, full, rhythmic folk sound.
5. Assomdwee (5:55)
Another straight ahead Afrobeat production, with funky horn choruses. Higher pitched vocals suggest a regional style, with specific origins. Stellar guitar solo at 3:21.
6. Kruman Dey (4:40)
This causes one to wonder how a 77 year old man from Ghana can exude such energy. With the support of this band, it seems as if anyone could continue to thrive, musically. The breakdown at 2:28 is immediately followed up by an outstanding saxophone solo. Ebo contributes to the funk, by singing vocals in both his native tongue and English.
7. Appia Kwa Bridge (5:29)
This hypnotic title track contains spacey keyboard riffs that coincide nicely with the rest of the instruments - all of which are extremely busy, as they supplying sufficient resources for the groove. Stunning guitar solos at 2:33. Again, Ebo effortlessly switches back and forth between English and Ghanaian vocals.
8. Barrima (3:24)
This track contains only guitar and voice, which gives it a folk music feel. Lyrics are apparently heartfelt. Those of us who can't understand the language can still discern the sentiments of the music, if we listen to what the sounds express.
|3.||Nsu Na Kwan||7.||Appia Kwa Bridge|