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FoFoulah: The Wonder of Wolof - The Audiophile Man
Title: Daega Rek Label: Glitterbeat Well, this is an intriguing one and no mistake. We’ve got dub here, jazz-beats, electronica and world-based rhythms and vocals. The band is based in London while their label describe them thus, “…sabar beats, dystopian electronics and echoing, shamanic chants ratchet up both the dub quotient and the dramatic tension.” Which is pretty close to the mark, I reckon. The album title can be translated as The Truth and what you can principally hear is vocalist and Gambian sabar drummer Kaw Secka along with keyboardist/saxophonist, Tom Challenger. The drums and percussion for FoFoulah were arranged at Real World Studios, while the lyrics are sung in Wolof, a language central to coastal West African countries such as The Gambia and Senegal. The songs centre into varied subjects such as the importance of leadership, the nature of human connection and truth and the riddles of reality. Heady subjects indeed, then. Other input is found via drummer Dave Smith, Johnny Brierley’s bass lines and Phil Stevenson’s guitar. The core of the FoFoulah album is built around a suite of often convoluted and multi-directional beats, integrating a selection of instruments and samples, that either sit upon a core rhythm, stopping, starting …