Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|King Sunny Ade|
Live Live Juju
Genres: World Music, Pop
Live! Live Juju! is the King heard the way he should be--recorded live in Seattle in 1987. Considering the 20-piece band was taped through just two microphones, the sound quality is stunning, but it's the music that packs ... more »
Live! Live Juju! is the King heard the way he should be--recorded live in Seattle in 1987. Considering the 20-piece band was taped through just two microphones, the sound quality is stunning, but it's the music that packs the real knockout here with the frantic and aptly titled "Drumming Interlude" boasting the percussive power of the group. There's plenty of vocal ability onstage too, as the anthemic "Africa and America" shows to great effect. The real highlight, however (apart from "Moti Mo," which appeared--as did Ade himself--in the Robert Altman film O.C. & Stiggs), has to be the opening medley that threatens to explode right out of the speakers and into your room. This is everything you could wish for in a live record, so much so that you might end up cheering along with the crowd. --Chris Nickson
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deltafront | Silverdale, WA United States | 07/30/2003
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"All too often, "popular world music" means "music of other cultures as seen through Western eyes." Happily, this is not the case with "Live Live Ju Ju." Here, the roles are reversed - King Sunny Ade artfully reinterprets several Western musical styles, some which are Africaan-inspired (jazz, blues, raggae) and some that are not (Country-Western, Hawaiian slack-key guitar) - all through the eyes of an African and his impressive band. The songs here all offer just a taste of what this man can do in a popular context. The recording itself, made on the cusp of the CD age, sounds awesome, with every nuance sounding clear as a bell."