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Warsaw Afrobeat Orchestra - Wëndelu (CD/LP Ubiquity Records, 2015)



Presented as a band inspired by Afrobeat, world music, African tribal music, and infused with traditional Polish folk, jazz, rock, reggae and funk, the Warsaw Afrobeat Orchestra have found their own unique, uncommon sound. Not unlike some bands from the jambands scene, they melt a lot of styles together and knit them tightly with hypnotic jams. Fresh, eclectic, unclassifiable stuff that kinda reminds 80s-era female pop groups singing traditional African vocal melodies… in a good way!

Warsaw Afrobeat Orchestra - Wendelu
Warsaw Afrobeat Orchestra - Wëndelu
(CD/LP) Ubiquity Records UR342, 2015-03-10

Tracklisting :
01. Stop 4:02
02. Signs 4:10
03. Empty Words 4:20
04. No Such Thing 5:48
05. Only Now 3:28
06. Usurpation 4:49
07. Close To Far 4:16
08. Which Direction 3:55
09. YourWay 4:08
10. Let It Flow 4:22v 11. Your Way (Masala Sound System Remix) 3:26*
* CD/Digital only

Links :
Buy it on bandcamp or juno
Warsaw Afrobeat Orchestra : official | bandcamp | facebook | soundcloud | twitter | youtube
Ubiquity Records : official | facebook | parisdjs | soundcloud.com | twitter | youtube



Press Release :
Following up on their well-received single "Only Now" featuring a remix with label mate Bosq, Warsaw Afrobeat Orchestra deliver a knockout debut album full of heavy Afro and island-inspired tunes.

The album title Wëndelu means "Wanderer" in the native African Wolof language and is a fitting name for the album which explores the wide-range of sounds from the African diaspora and infused with their own traditional Polish folk, jazz and rock sensibilities. Tracks such as "No Such Thing","Let It Flow" and "Usurpation" reflect an obvious Reggae and Dub influence while the uptempo numbers on the album "Close To Far" and "Which Direction" veer towards Afro-Disco and Funk.

Formed in 2012, the 10-piece band consists of musicians that have worked and collaborated with each other in different projects ranging from rock, jazz, folk, reggae and funk in the ever-evolving and musically diverse underground music scene in Poland. Inspired by the masters of Afrobeat, world music, as well as African tribal music which is evident in their lyrics and choruses that repeat and weave in and out of deep, hypnotic grooves infusing it with a transcendental quality.

Be on the lookout for another 12in single from the album to drop soon featuring a remix from Tom Noble who's recent work includes a killer disco version of Myron and E's "Do It Do It Disco".


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