Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Afrissippi - Fulani Journey (Knockdown, 2006)

Guitarist and songwriter Guelel Kumba journeyed from Senegal, West Africa to the hill country of Mississippi to make this very interesting mash-up of African music and Mississippi blues along with musicians associated with recently passed blues legends like R.L. Burnside and Junior Kimbrough. Kumba plays a gentle acoustic guitar and his melodies sound both familiar and exotic, while he sings in his native language. All the musicians mesh well despite whatever differences that they may have. "Ngol Jimol” which opens the disc is one of my favorite songs on the album, with a full plugged in band kicking out a hypnotic John Lee Hooker groove. "Njulli/Fulani Journey" has poet and activist John Sinclair reciting a spoken work history of the Fulani people and Kumba's travels to America. Anyone interested in the African roots of modern blues would do well to check this disc out.

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