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Akalé Wubé - Mata - out on Nabligam Production

Akale Wube Mata
Akalé Wubé - Mata
(CD/Digital) Nabligam / l'Autre Distribution, 2012-03-26

This is already the third Akalé Wubé CD album sent to us by the Parisian band. The first one Akalé Wubé Plays Ethiopian Groove Greatest Hits was some kind of a demo affair, but we still managed to play it in our february 2011 tribute mix to Mulatu Astatké (In The Footsteps of the Ethio-Jazz Innovator). The second one was their marvelous self-titled and self-released Akalé Wubé, featured in our cult 4-hours long 21st Century Afro Extrvaganza mix. They're now releasing third album, Mata, through Nabligam production, a newcomer company on the French scene, which produces live shows, records and touring for jazz/world artists. While still deeply rooted in 1970's Ethiopian music, the music on this new record is now blended it with other influences - funk, jazz, rock, reggae, afrobeat, balkanese, and more. Others are trying the same kind of formula but what distinguishes Akalé Wubé from most of the bands in the current Afro scene is their softness - even on the funkier tracks they manage to stay utterly soulful! This is a caress for the ears and it's hard to argue with the closing pitch from the press release: Body and Soul, the best way to bescribe those wonderful ethio-jazz grooves!

Akale Wube Mata
Akalé Wubé - Mata
(CD/Digital) Nabligam / l'Autre Distribution, 2012-03-26

Mata by Akalé Wubé

Tracklisting :
01. Maryé
02. Dodo
03. Mata
04. Jour de Pluie
05. Kasalèfkut Hulu (Mulatu Astatqé)
06. Almaz Yèharèrwa (Traditionnel)
07. Asmarina (Feqadu-Amde-Mesqel)
08. Bazay (Tsèhaytu Bèraki)
09. Besetchet (Traditionnel)
10. Sabyé (Mulatu Astatqé)
11. Tinchel

Links :
Akalé Wubé : official | facebook | myspace | soundcloud

Band Members :
PAUL BOUCLIER : trumpet, mélodica, percussions
ETIENNE DE LA SAYETTE : tenor sax, flutes
OLIVER DEGABRIELE : electric bass


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