Album Review

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

Thurston Hunger   6/6/2014   12-inch, International

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

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