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Babalola, Lekan / Songs Of Icon
Album:Songs Of Icon Collection:World
Artist:Babalola, Lekan Added:02/2007
Label:Mr. Bongo 

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Add Date:2007-03-04 Pull Date:2007-05-06 Charts:RPM/Electronica, Reggae/World
Week Ending:29 Apr22 Apr8 Apr25 Mar18 Mar11 Mar
Airplays:121121

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4.Apr 21, 2007:New World Disorder
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2.Jan 04, 2008:No Cover, No Minimum: Extended Wanderings
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5.Apr 20, 2007:Around the World: No Cover, No Minimum.
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3.Apr 27, 2007:No Cover, No Minimum
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Album Review
Fo
Reviewed 2007-03-03 
LEKAN BABALOLA – “Songs of Icon”
Mr. Bongo, 2006

NIGERIA/U.K. – Jazz, Afrobeat and Yoruban spirituality merge in this fantastic, varied release, with percussionist Babalola laying down thick carpets of rhythm. He’s been active for nearly 30 years, working with everyone from Roy Ayers to Fela to Spike Lee. Unfortunately, the rest of the band is uncredited. The first (white) disc is basically a modern-jazz record with an African twist, and the second (black) is remixes. The remixes are fine I guess, but I’ll stick with those killer originals…

Fo’s Picks: Disc I – 1, 3, 4, 5, 7 / Disc II – 4, 5

DISC ONE (Originals)

1. 05:37 – soulful afrobeat with funky horns, jazz guitar, layers of percussion
2. 05:48 – nice African/Latin jazz, but the last minute is full of glitches! Arg!
3. 04:08 – happy time! Perky horns, active drums, and everybody sings!
4. 03:55 – infectious afrobeat stomp built on a simple theme; too short!
5. 09:02 – Pretty Yoruban chant, group voc and soothing, undulating rhythms
6. 05:58 – relaxed afrocentric jazz switches to a dark, insistent beat
7. 06:23 – late night jazz-club sound with some echo, rich bass, fine solos
8. 11:09 – solo bass first & last 3 minutes, chugging hipster jazz in between

DISC TWO (Remixes)

1. 8:18 – layered samples over chugging beat, male vox, rock guitar break
2. 8:20 – skittery beat; call/response vox, some shouts, beeps. Way too long.
3. 8:20 – vocal snippets weave through stripped-down synth-tone patchwork
4. 5:59 – upbeat, lightly funky; keeps much of the original, adds English vox
5. 7:34 – guitar/bongo intro; solid upbeat groove with a generally sunny feel
6. 6:53 – stomping beat, little vocal snippets, synth riffs; then rolls along nicely
7. 6:20 – basic beat + electric bass, English vox; little of the original remains
8. 3:08 – the beats & some accents from #2 above
9. 5:24 – another version of #5 above, starts more spare, then blossoms

[ Fo ] 3/3/07


Track Listing
1.Kabioye 9.Oya (Broken Beats/Le Pico Remix I)
2.Oososi 10.Oba Awon Oba (Afronaught Vs Misa Negra Vocal)
3.Asokere 11.Asokere (Ig Culture Remix)
4.Oya 12.Kabioye (Mark De Clive/Lowe Remix Feat Af3ca Antoine)
5.Ide Osun 13.Oya (Broken Beats/Le Pico Remix II)
6.Iya Mase 14.Elegba (Bob Sinclair Remix)
7.Obalaiye 15.Kabioye (Phil Ashers "Restless Soul" Remix)
8.Eru Aiye 16.Oba Awon Oba (Afronaught Vs Misa Negra Beatz)
 17.Oya (Le Pico Chillout Remix)