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KUMASI - LIVE AT MARIGNY STUDIO

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Live At Marigny Studio
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Afrobeat / Jazz & Soul EP - Kumasi, New Orleans’ own 14-piece Afrobeat orchestra, is back with their third LP and first live record. After two private-press releases, Kumasi is presenting Live at Marigny Studios to an international audience for the first time via Hiatt dB’s New Orleans-based Mystery Zone Records. Live at Marigny Studios, features 4 original compositions: jazz-centric interpretations of Fela’s classic form that incorporate rhythms and sentiments from New Orleans and the surrounding Afro-diaspora, namely Cuba, Haiti, and Brazil. It’s a bold effort that perfectly captures the infectious mix of heavy rhythms, spontaneous, improvisatory musicianship, and inclusive, participatory style that characterize Kumasi as a group, as well as Afrobeat as a whole.

180 gram pressing by New Orleans Record Press, full color reverse-board jacket, Ltd. 500

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There are at least two artists that share the name Kumasi: 1. Kumasi was a South African supergroup. The member’s work as musicians in South Africa dates back to the early ‘70s, recording with various projects around the Johannesburg area. A couple of years before Kumasi got together, Jabu Sibumbe (bass) and Lloyd Lelosa (keys) were playing with The Movers, co-writing albums of traditional, disco and jazz-funk music, and Ray Phiri (guitar, vocals) and Isaac Mtshali (drums) were core members of The Cannibals, who led a similar path through musical trends of the time. Both groups created a sound that was matched by few, and their back-catalogs remain to be a testament to the high caliber of their musicianship. The four wanted to collaborate on a new project, however, The Cannibals were under contract to Gallo Records, a South African major label, which prevented them from recording releases under a different name. This meant Kumasi had to record anonymously to avoid breaking their agreements. Nazir Osman, a local music lover and candy salesman, was passionate about their music as The Movers & The Cannibals and offered to produce the hidden supergroup on his label, Kongas. They fused together, creating a unique blend of disco funk with emotive off-kilter vocals and a special South African tinge. Listening to the album, it’s apparent that the musicality displayed could be linked to its mysterious members. A further piece of the puzzle can be revealed listening to Stimela, one of South Africa’s most beloved groups; the group that Kumasi inevitably morphed into. Kumasi reached heights of musicianship few artists from South Africa did. Their combination of interesting key changes and an unrelenting rhythm section set them apart as a legendary group in the South African ‘80s cannon. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.


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