AFRICAN SHOW BOYZ: BROTHERS BOLD (Across The Way Productions)
This unique band from Ghana is made up of five brothers, who began their career as street performers (you can see clips in the DVD 1 Giant Leap). Their music is raw roots - drumming and singing and traditional instruments including kone, bin bill, bin douk, siyak, sisans, tonton sansan, mnan, fritusuwa, and durun, and the understated melodies and tight arrangements keep the music engaging and accessible. Their previous CD Spiritual Song featured several Bob Marley tunes. This one does feature an English-language track ("Suffer in Africa") but most of the music is the sound of the savannah highlands of Ghana's upper east. The closing track is a tribute to Babatunde Olatunji, an early supporter of their music. The African Show Boyz are currently touring the USA, and play at Olympia's Capitol Theater on September 25 (see calendar). Highly recommended!