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JariBu Afrobeat Arkestra - Mediacracy - out on Tramp Records



JariBu Afrobeat Arkestra Mediacracy
JariBu Afrobeat Arkestra - Mediacracy
(CD/LP/Digital) Tramp Records TR-9014, 2012-01-30

After a first album in 2009, Afro Sound System (now sold out), the JariBu Afrobeat Arkestra have released late october 2011 their second opus Mediacracy, on Soul Garden Records in Japan. The album will be released in Europe by one of our favorite German labels, Tramp Records on January 30th 2012. A 7 inch, Legend Of Yoruba, pressed at 200 copies, was released in the UK in 2010. That's it for the official info. The other Afrobeat band from Japan that we've heard of is Kingdom Afrocks, maybe there are some others, since Afrofunk and Afrobeat are now a worldwide movement… But let's get back to this 13-piece outfit, one of the most enjoyable live acts from the Tokyo circuit. On this album they are joined by Temjin from Mountain Mocha Kilimanjaro on trumpet, Hirose Takao from Jazz Collective/Masa Sextet on trombone and Takao Watanabe from Pikaia Pandeiro Special also on trumpet, which might explain why the first impression left by this album is one of a supa-heavy, fully-powered horn section, for fans of Afrobeat, of course, but also for fans of Funk and Jazz. A fiercely recommended album!

JariBu Afrobeat Arkestra Mediacracy
JariBu Afrobeat Arkestra - Mediacracy
(CD/LP/Digital) Tramp Records TR-9014, 2012-01-30

MEDIACRACY Sample by JariBu Afrobeat Arkestra

Tracklisting :
01. Mediacracy 09:04
02. Suffer Dey 04:48
03. Legend of Yoruba 06:53
04. Mvua Dance 00:58
05. Afro Soul Knows 07:54
06. Tricky Liars Pt.1 06:24
07. Tricky Liars Pt.2 04:47
08. Maneno Ya Roho 00:56
09. N.N.G. Pt.1 07:45
10. N.N.G. Pt.2 05:35
11. Natural Vibes 04:41

Note : 7 inch fanatics rejoice! There's also a "Tricky Liars / Afro Soul Knows" to be released by Tramp Records on January 30th...

Links :
Jaribu Afrobeat Arkestra : official | blogspot | discogs | facebook | kudos (distribution) | myspace | parisdjs | soundcloud | twitter | youtube
Tramp Records : official | bandcamp | discogs | kudos (UK distribution) | myspace | parisdjs
Soul Garden Records : official

Band Members :
PERCUSSION, LEADER: Mi-Chang
GUITAR, VOCAL, MC: Tsuyoshi
DANCE, PERCUSSION, CHORUS: Kaori
FLUTE, CHORUS: Maki
ALTO SAX: O-ba
TENOR SAX, HORN ARRANGEMENT: Yu-Ya
BARITONE SAX: Hide
KEYBOARDS: Nyori
CONGA, WBLOCK: Yu-Ji
KPANLOGO, TALKING DRUM, DJEMBE: Ayu
GUITAR: Yu-Suke
DRUMS: Daisuke
BASS: Boss
Guest TRUMPET: Temjin [from Mountain Mocha Kilimanjaro]
Guest TROMBONE: Hirose Takao [from Jazz Collective, Masa Sextet]
Guest TRUMPET: Takao Watanabe [from Pikaia Pandeiro Special, and Nice Middle With New Blue Day Horns]

Press Release : For the last 10 years or so the iconic blend of African folk, American jazz and funk, and percussive horn, drum and chant oriented music called Afro Beat has experienced a grand revival. On the one hand you have labels re-releasing original Nigerian Afro Beat in all its glory. On the other hand there are dozens of new bands consciously carrying the legacy of Fela Kuti into the new century. There are reasons why the world is taking part in this underground spiritual game again. When it was invented by Fela Kuti and Tony Allen in the seventies, it was conceived as a tool to name and shame political corruption and social injustice. Today, clearly, the world still needs to hear the Afro Beat message! In 2012, with combos playing Afro-influenced music all over the world, the movement is stronger than ever and proves the importance and significance of Afro Beat.


JariBu Afrobeat Arkestra - Mediacracy - Live @ Shibuya Plug, August 20th, 2011

JariBu Afrobeat Arkestra is one of those new bands on the scene. Spiritually influenced by the great Fela Kuti, "JariBu" which means "Try" in Swahili, have created their own "Neo Afrobeat" sound, interweaving traditional Afro Beat with funk and jazz sounds. They released their first album "Afro Sound System" in 2009 which was critically acclaimed by many DJs and radio producers. They performed at the FUJI Rock Festival 2009 which is the biggest festival in Japan. After that they started to search for ways to expand and develop their Afro Beat sound and began recording their second album, Mediacracy.


JariBu Afrobeat Arkestra - Tricky Liar - Live @ Shibuya Plug, August 20th, 2011

Over the past couple of years, JariBu Afrobeat Arkestra have established themselves as one of the most exciting live bands on the Tokyo scene. They currently play three to four gigs a month, including their own monthly event "Natural Vibes" at "Plug" in Shibuya and are the undisputed leaders of the Japanese Afro Beat scene.


JariBu Afrobeat Arkestra - Natural Vibes - Live @ Shibuya Plug, August 20th, 2011

Biography :
JariBu Afrobeat Arkestra are an instrumental band playing music based on Afrobeat. Spiritually influenced by the great Fela Kuti, "JariBu" (which means "Try" in Swahili language) have created their own "Neo Afrobeat" sound, interweaving traditional afrobeat with funk and jazz sounds.

In April 2009, they released their 1st album "Afro Sound System", which was critically acclaimed by many DJs and radio producers. The CDs sold out but the album is still available in digital format. After participating in the "FUJI ROCK FESTIVAL 09" (the biggest and best known festival in Japan) in the summer of that year, they then started to search for ways to expand and develope their afrobeat sound and began recording a new album. A 7" single, "Legend of Yoruba Part 1&2" was released in late 2010, which was very well-received, and this is one of the cuts from the new album "MEDIACRACY" to be released in October 2011.


JariBu Afrobeat Arkestra - Legend of Yoruba + Roforofo Fight - Live @ Shibuya Plug, August 20th, 2011

Over the past couple of years, JariBu Afrobeat Arkestra have established themselves as one of the most exciting live bands on the Tokyo scene. They currently play three to four gigs a month, including their own popular monthly event "Natural Vibes" at "Plug" in Shibuya and are the undisputed leaders of the Japanese afrobeat scene.
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