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Music Releases: Owiny Sigoma Band – ?Bombino – Seun Kuti – Iness Mezel – Karindula
A selection of recently released albums from ?Owiny Sigoma Band, ?Bombino, Seun Kuti, Iness Mezel, Karindula
Owiny Sigoma Band: ?Owiny Sigoma Band
This is what happens when a group of UK alternative-indie musicians go to Kenya and jam with a nyatiti (8-stringed lyre) player and Luo drummer: an electric clash of Afrobeat rhythms, raw Luo beats and zingy guitar riffs edged with a London underground vibe.
Hailing from a nomad camp in Niger and brought up in the heartland of Touareg resistance, this young guitarist lays down some light-fingered guitar grooves and rousing vocals calling for peace and celebrating life in the desert.
From Africa with Fury – Rise?: Seun Kuti
Co-produced by Brian Eno, this latest record is big, electric and extremely angry. Seun rails against the same things as his father Fela 40 years ago – corruption, injustice and exploitation by multinationals, in the Afrobeat style.
The Karindula Sessions: ?Tradi-modern sounds from southeast Congo??
Recorded on the streets of Lubumbashi, and accompanied by the singing of local children, this CD and DVD combo showcases the infectious style of music inspired by the karindula, a giant banjo, in the 1970s.
Beyond the Trance?: Iness Mezel
A collaboration with Justin Adams, Robert Plant’s sideman, represents a new direction for the Franco-Berban singer after a seven-year- break. ‘Amazone’ and ‘Strange Blues’ testify to Kabyle people’s struggle for recognition.