King Ayisoba - 1000 Can Die (Glitterbeat Records)

With '1000 Can Die' Ghanaian kologo player (a traditional lute) King Ayisoba tries to lift the traditional rhythms he learned from his father to the twenty-first century. Supplemented with percussion on guluku, dundun and bembe drums and electronics, that results in a raw sound that will certainly not be to everyone's taste. King Ayisoba may use traditional rhythms, his lyrics, alternately sung in Frafra, Twi and Pidgin English, aren't. In opener 'Africa Needs Africa' he perfectly summarizes the problems of his continent: corrupt leaders, young people deciding to flee for Europe out of sheer desperation and that same Europe continuing to plunder the African resources if it was their property, title track '1000 Can Die' warns for the horror and human suffering a war can cause, and 'Ndeema' talks about the traditional way marriage problems are solved in Ghana (the spouse temporarily moves back in with her parents). Notable guests on the album are reggae legend Lee 'Scratch' Perry, who, along with the Ghanaian rapper M3nsa, can be heard in the title track, and Nigerian saxophonist Orlando Julius, whose sax pops up in 'Dapagara'. The only track in which Ayisoba's kologo isn't featured 'Wine Lange', in which the instrument is replaced by Sakuto Yongo's gonje, a one-stringed fiddle. Updated ancient traditions from the Dark Continent.


Added: Apr 8, 2017