WAAJU - WAAJU 136636
1 LP
We're delighted to present our second release and first LP on Olindo Records by London based afro-latin jazz quintet Waaju.

A project that never stands still, Waaju's members have been busy as part of other nsembles (Caravela, Bahla, Jordan Rakei, and Ashley Henry to name a few), which means they cherish each time they get to make music together.

The five cuts on this LP are only a snapshot of what they're doing and continually trying to do - the tip of the iceberg - but one that speaks volumes about their intentions.

TRACK LIST: 1) Ali's Mali 2) Kaolack 3) Neleh 4) Waaju 5) Maroc Kicking off on the A side, "Ali's Mali" is an ode to the great Malian guitarist Ali Farka Toure, but seen through a different lens, as he did himself in reinventing West African music.

His spirit is transcended into the modern soundscape mixed with dub, electronic music and echoes of Cuban batá drumming, reminiscent of the two countries' cultural exchanges throughout the 20th Century.

"Kaolack" draws from a Senegalese rhythm found in sabar and mbalax music. It's transformed into a gritty, surging groove with heavy touches of psychedelia and smatterings of traditional sounds pulsating from its textures.

On the flip side, "Neleh" explores different sides of a love song and has a myriad of influences displaying different characteristics.

Tinges of yearning Tuareg music from Northern Mali, sizzling son percussion and delicate chimurenga-fused guitar, together presenting an introverted, drifting piece with twists and turns.

"Waaju" is influenced by the samba funk of 1970's Brazil combined with the more widely known Louisiana funk of The Meters, et al.

Its irresistible lilting rhythm and infectious energy are brought into a new modern jazz sphere displaying the spontaneity in improvisation of each member.

"Maroc" draws from the chaabi music of Morocco and Algeria, which bandleader Ben experienced first hand whilst in Marrakech.

Much less known internationally than Moroccan gnawa music, its heavily syncopated drum rhythm creates a frenzy of energy, which is interpreted here much more slowly and dirtier in character, with dubby bass and dissonant harmonies.

CREDITS: Ben Brown - Drums & Percussion Sam Rapley - Tenor saxophone Tal Janes - Guitar Joe Downard - Bass Ernesto Marichales - Congas & Percussion On tracks 2 & 5: Ben "Dr.

Krakeb" Rodney - Krakebs Produced by Ben Brown Mixed by Alex Kilpatrick Recorded by Ross Matthews at Narcissus Studios, London Artwork by Dora Parra Vinyl cut & mastered by Frank Merritt at The Carvery in London.
  • Tracklisting
  • 1.1. ALI'S MALI
  • 1.2. KAOLACK
  • 1.3. NELEH
  • 1.4. WAAJU
  • 1.5. MAROC