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    Woima Collective – “Frou Frou Rokko” – [Kindred Spirits]

    woima
    Hide and go Ethiopique seek! Treasures abound here and they
    are not confined to that sweet sour scale (Woima’s first
    album was in fact named after one cale, the “Tezeta”).
    This is their follow-up, plenty of great guitar weaving
    in and out of syncopated drumming and a horn section that
    packs grace and power (they are from the Poets of Rhythm).
    Apparently “Woima” is a Guinean word for the “rhythm of
    magic” but this tentet plus friends has Northern African
    moves down to a science. Precision funk in parts, the
    two guitarists Kalle Zeier and JJ Whitefield are adept
    in grit, funk, and some spot on wacka-wacka wah wah.
    Multiple drummers have than inexhaustible afro beat
    approach that would have Tony Allen fans dancing in the
    aisles. And yes a cowbell specialist is called in to help
    with “Malaria.” The jazz skirmishes (like a killer freakout
    finish to close “Lassa” which begins with the most Mulatu-esque
    maneuvers) are possibly my favorite flavor, so kudos to
    driving force and sax shaman Johannes Schleiermacher. Still
    this is a release that will fit more with the Soul Patrol
    than KFJC’s Jazz Kollektiev. No vocals, just an oasis
    of sound. Super hypno-synth Thomas Myland in parts. Got to
    imagine their shows are even more entrancing.
    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on June 6, 2014 at 6:53 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,International
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