in the great tradition of count ossie, four new grounation furies - hypnotic, thunderous, urgent, mystical - with dubwise repeta, funde and bass drums embedding the light of saba veterans gorgeous trombone classicism.
the opener is a rocking kumina rhythm, with ring-the-alarm metal percussion and exhortatory brass, free the people swirls some apocalyptic reasoning into the foggy, thumping mix. universe in crisis is another emergency call, chuffing headlong down the grooves ... before the beautiful, anthemic chant takes a step back from the fire, closing with a sense of thankful, spiritual reconciliation, the expert drumming and lyrical bone-work in full effect.
like a dream, but authoritatively, this remix from jamaica magnificently crosses the afrobeat of fela kuti with the grounation reggae tradition of count ossie. the flip, uhuru pujama is a new recording, another warrior charge down wareika hill by this veteran of light of saba and the mystic revelation of rastafari.
two years ago, honest jons travelled to lagoswith the great drummer tony allen, to make his first recordings there since his time with fela kuti an album entitled lagos no shaking, a classic of contemporary afrobeat. since then, the label has widely commissioned numerous responses to those new sides. from legends of dance music culture like basic channel in berlin, for example, and founding father of detroit techno, carl craig, and young tigers like dizzee rascals newham generals, mia producer diplo in baltimore, and carioca sensations bonde do role from rio de janeiro. and newrecordings from cairo, saturn, bogota and kingston, jamaica fresh interpretations or complete reworkings by the space jazz pioneersalah ragab, a street brass band descended from sun ras arkestra, highlife inspired afro colombian drummers from the maroon village of san palenque de basilio, and a veteranof count ossies mystic revelation of rastafari.