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Yaaba Funk 'AfroBeast' OUT NOW

PostPosted: Thu May 13, 2010 1:49 am
by antehc
YAABA FUNK, renowned for tearing up dance floors with their upbeat highlife/broken beats/funk highly energised live big band, are rightly called South London's funkiest and most popular band who release their debut album AFROBEAST (YPCD101) on their own YAABAPHONE label in association with Sterns.

The album is officially released on 10th May and highly respected World Music originators Sterns Music will be distributing the album to all retail and leading digital outlets.
http://www.sternsmusic.com/disk_info/YPCD101

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In a wicked & clever move the band also release highly anticipated remixes within days of the full album. The digital only remixes out on 26th April by Richard Olatunde and DJD are via legendary Here and Now recordings who have released crucial tracks by the likes of Yam Who?, Chaz Jankel, DJD, Funkanala, Motivators & Chanan Hanspal with Imaani from Incognito. This follows on from the limited edition double-AA-side 10" vinyl release with the hi-life sound of the late Alhaji K Frimpong classic Hwe Hwe Mu a Yi Wo Mpena & Yaaba original signature track NYASH! E GoBite U!

With members from across the planet (Ghana, America, Martinique, Jamaica, Italy, Germany, and UK), YAABA FUNK using a mix of African proverbs & modern day politics have created a punky Afro roots music for the 21st Century. The band simply shine on stage with Helen McDonald's incandescent vocals, Chief Commander Richmond Kessie's exuberant lead vocals & percussion & a stonking tight fiery band taking afrobeat, highlife, broken beats, retro & electronica into an explosive new & irresistible mix.

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PostPosted: Thu May 13, 2010 1:53 am
by antehc

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PostPosted: Thu May 13, 2010 4:55 am
by jackdaw version
I got the download via eMusic. Very nice. More varied than I expected and a lovely classic pan-African groove. Recommended. Wish I could see 'em live. Please come to Seattle!

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PostPosted: Fri May 14, 2010 2:39 pm
by antehc
Hi Jackdaw

Thanks for the feedback.
Hopefully if the plan of action goes according to plan we will be hitting stateside at some point next year...?!

In the meantime check this out....
http://www.youtube.com/user/ChiefYaabafunk#p/u/11/1hmYOPuXfOc

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PostPosted: Sat May 15, 2010 11:56 am
by Rob Hall
Thanks to Jon (Jackdaw) for pointing out that this is available via eMusic, and to Chetna for enthusing about Yaaba Funk when we met on Thursday. I have now joined the happy band of converts. It has more mellow bits than I was expecting, which is not a problem for me. But the Yaabas certainly know how to get a groove on. A delightful and refreshing album, thanks to all concerned.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 13, 2011 11:46 pm
by Ian A.
Well, I've not heard the album, had never seen them live and am normally fairly Afrobeat-phobic, but I have to say that they just did a storming set at the Sauti Za Busara Festival in Stone Town, Zanzibar this evening and, er, "wowed the crowd" as those journalist chappies put it. This on the 5th and final day of a marathon event where other highlights included Tanzania's veteran Mlimani Park Orchestra (new official best live band in the world), the soulful Christine Salem from Reunion, the magnificent Culture Musical Club, and YF had to follow a tragic set of metallic noodling by the man who made one of my favourite records ever, Djeli Moussa Diawara (aka Jali Musa Jawara) who is now in a godawful jazz trio with a pianist & drummer. And as one does at such events, bump into people who just happen to be there like Charlie's assistant Lily. A good event, worth a visit.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 14, 2011 12:12 am
by Jamie Renton
Ian A. wrote:Well, I've not heard the album, had never seen them live and am normally fairly Afrobeat-phobic, but I have to say that they just did a storming set at the Sauti Za Busara Festival in Stone Town, Zanzibar this evening and, er, "wowed the crowd" as those journalist chappies put it.


Glad you enjoyed them, I've been a fan for some time now & have sung their praises more than once in this magazine that I write for.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 14, 2011 3:42 am
by Jonathan E.
AND great to hear that Mlimani Park Orchestra are still going strong. I'd like to put in a word in favour of Djeli Moussa Diawara and the Kora Jazz Trio on the basis of their three albums, which I like plenty — although, of course, live they may have been just as Ian says.

And good to read the enthusiastic words on Yaaba Funk. The album has legs — surely among the tops of 2010. Definitely not as one-dimensionally Afrobeat as one might expect.

One day I hope to get to the Sauti Za Busara Festival. Sounds great.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 14, 2011 10:46 pm
by Chris P
Jonathan E. wrote: I'd like to put in a word in favour of Djeli Moussa Diawara and the Kora Jazz Trio on the basis of their three albums, which I like plenty — although, of course, live they may have been just as Ian says.


yes, the 2 albums I have by them are good stuff, what a shame if they do crap noodly gigs, maybe the 'metallic' bit indicates a bad sound set-up

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 16, 2011 8:55 pm
by Chris P
Ian A. wrote: a tragic set of metallic noodling by the man who made one of my favourite records ever, Djeli Moussa Diawara (aka Jali Musa Jawara) who is now in a godawful jazz trio with a pianist & drummer


Ian spake truth; the evidence:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jx_pMM-3kbc

metallic noodling : check
godawful jazz trio : check

This is not the same trio who made the Kora Jazz Trio Cds: they had Abdoulaye Diabate on piano who's a fine player. I wonder if the percussionist isn't the great Moussa Cissokho as on the recordings too

Oh well, on this form I might have to scratch Djeli Moussa off my top list of people I'd like to see live

He's still one of the few great singers amongst kora players though - witness this, also from Sauti za Busara, Zanzibar (& try to ignore the crap keyboard tinkling):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w09jMahvCms

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 16, 2011 9:31 pm
by judith
I wonder if Andrewq saw djeli Moussa Diawara's performance, as he attended the Sauti za Busara festival.

[Edit: Never mind, I just checked his post and he had included what he had seen.]

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 16, 2011 10:16 pm
by Jonathan E.
Mortification at the googly hands of Chris P!

Oh, well, life goes on.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 16, 2011 10:33 pm
by Chris P
Jonathan E. wrote:googly hands


Zoons ! How dare you, man. I'll have you know no googling has gone on in my vicinity. I'm a Facebook 'friend' of Djeli Moussa, & have hitherto only sung the man's praises. 'Twas he who posted these links

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 17, 2011 8:47 pm
by Jonathan E.
OhO! Worse than mere ordinary mortification but complete and utter devastation!

How I could have thought that Chris P. would sully his hands with a google, I don't know. I only wish I could blame drink or drugs for my error, but it was a bit early in the day here. Perhaps being half befuddled from sleep was my problem. Perhaps being ill informed by my lack of facebookery. Whatever my excuse, I will never be able to fully explain such idiocy to myself. I must hang my head in shame — assuming I still have a head.

I most humbly and apologetically beg for even only partial forgiveness.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 24, 2011 8:08 pm
by Chris P
Chris P wrote:
Ian A. wrote: Djeli Moussa Diawara (aka Jali Musa Jawara) who is now in a godawful jazz trio with a pianist & drummer


This is not the same trio who made the Kora Jazz Trio Cds: they had Abdoulaye Diabate on piano who's a fine player. I wonder if the percussionist isn't the great Moussa Cissokho as on the recordings too


yep, suspicions confirmed, it isn't Moussa Cissokho on percussion. Djeli Moussa has put together a new jazz trio, which are clearly not worthy compared to the original Kora Jazz Trio (which was the interaction of 3 great players) - this new trio is drecky on the evidence of the Zanzibar fest footage & reports

Djeli Moussa
En live, c'est une nouvelle formation en trio Jazz, avec Philippe Monange au Piano et Fabrice Thompson aux percussion