11 June 2007

Monday's mp3: Afrobeat USA

Many meetings today and outta town tomorrow. Between, few moments for music today. So I literally closed my eyes, stuck out a finger, and advanced on my wall of CDs. You might question the result of this seemlingly random selection process, but this is just what I needed to hear. The track is a fiery Afrobeat piece from one of America's lesser-known followers of Fela Kuti's footsteps, the Akoya Afrobeat Ensemble. Boasting a core group of 13 members, often joined by many more, they've got a big sound that one reviewer aptly describes as "Felariffic!"

Their gig schedule doesn't show them performing much this year; hopefully that's because they're in the studio recording a follow-up to their short but powerful 2004 debut.

[mp3] Akoya: U.S.A.
from the album Introducing the Akoya Afrobeat Ensemble
more info and sound samples at Akoya's website


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