Saturday, August 09, 2008

Akoya Afrobeat - P.D.P. (President Dey Pass) (Afrobomb, 2008)

is a band that follows in the footsteps of the great bands that Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti led like Nigeria 70 and 80. They use lengthy improvisations with great horn riffing and thunderous percussion to develop a hypnotic groove, and to bring the music to really interesting conclusions. Much like Fela's music, the focus of the lyrics here (at least the ones in English) are the political struggle of the people of Africa. Quite a bit of the music here sounds like a mash-up of James Brown's funky 70's sides with classic Nigerian highlife music. While there are some very good solos, particularly for saxophone, the focus is really on the collective as a whole and the music they make. This is music that is good for the dance floor, but also good for the mind as well.

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