Afriquoi are back with their ‘Time is a Gift Which We Share All the Time’ EP. Taken from a line from the track ‘Ndeko Solo’, the title is a reminder of the blessedness of being alive and the intimate connection of all things.
This is the first EVER Afriquoi release where the whole band has gone into the studio to record a full live-band sound, playing together at Octagon Studios, putting down songs that were written collaboratively and honed over years on live stages. It was recorded with the assistance of Tom Excell (Nubiyan Twist, Onipa) to help capture the right live sound.
More than any of Afriquoi’s previous releases, this EP allows each member’s individual sound and talent to shine: Jally Kebba Susso’s exquisite kora playing, Fiston Lusambo’s intricate Congolese guitar, uplifting vocals from Andre Espeut, crisp percussion from André Marmot, tasteful chords from Nico Bentley and beats from Oli Cole.
Guitarist Fiston Lusambo explains: “we wanted to create a style of music which does not exist yet by combining Congolese guitar, Gambian kora, African Djembe and mixing them with European music… this EP is a result of our work where each of us has put his talent in it, we think we have now something which… more
releases June 19, 2020
Artwork by Derrick Ofusu Boateng
Sleeve design by Bertrand Cerruti
Jally Kebba Suso; Ngoy Lusambo; Andre Espeut; André Marmot; Oliver Cole; Nico Bentley
Engineered by Tom Excell at Octagon Studios.
Mastered by Andy ‘Hippy’ Baldwin at Metropolis Studios, except “Ndeko Solo (Voilaaa Remix)” mastered by Cem Oral at Jammin Masters, Berlin.
Jally Kebba Susso: Kora, tama, vox
André Espeut: vox
Fiston Lusambo: guitar
André Marmot: percussion
Nico Bentley: keys, bass
Oli Cole: programming
Nicolas Simpson: backing vocals
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