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Shogun Orchestra - out on Jakarta Records

Shogun Orchestra
Shogun Orchestra - Shogun Orchestra
(CD/2xLP/Digital) Jakarta Records JAKARTA037, 2012-04-06

This album was released in New-Zealand in december 2010. We've been trying to buy it ever since, after hearing a few afro/ethio/highlife/salsa/carribean tracks on the internet. When we learned that German label Jakarta records was properly releasing it this spring, we instantly sent an e-mail asking for a promo copy… and a few days later we were excited like teenagers when our door bell rang for the delivery of a nice vinyl pressing! Shogun Orchestra come from Wellington, New-Zealand, they're a kind of supergroup led by saxophonist Lucien Johnson with members of Fat Freddy's Drop, The Black Seeds, Lord Echo, The Yoots, jazz trio Twinset, and Venezuelan vocalist Jennifer Zea. Which is already enough to get excited about if you're deeply into music like we are - check our This is Kiwi Music - Pacific Sounds from New Zealand mix if you don't believe. But let's get back to this album: Carribean grooves, Afrobeat rhythms, Highlife guitars, Ethio-Jazz twists, Salsa spices… all in one. This is a real slugfest, frantic, steaming and explosive as hell! Favorite tracks include the Ethio Sato San, the irresistible Afro-Salsa of Maman, the deep and entrancing Cigars of the Pharoah, the Spiritual-Cosmic-Ethio Jacmel and the Afrofunk of Bamako. Cherry on the cake, you can download 'Jacmel' and 'Bamako' for free through the Soundcloud links below…

Shogun Orchestra
Shogun Orchestra - Shogun_Orchestra
(CD/2xLP/Digital) Jakarta Records JAKARTA037, 2012-04-06

Shogun Orchestra - Bamako by Jakarta Records

Shogun Orchestra - Jacmel by Economy Records

Tracklisting :
01. Lovana
02. Sato San
03. Bamako
04. Maman M’Voye Peze Café
05. Legba Nan Baye-A
06. Cigars of the Pharoah
07. Jacmel
08. Falko
09. Leogane
10. Minis Azaka (digital exclusive)

Note : the original 2010 pressing included the track 'Fey-O' and omitted the track 'Santa San', with a different track order.

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