キング・アイソバを世界に送り出したオランダのレーベル、マックムの新譜は、弦楽器コロゴなしのコロゴ・ミュージック?というか、同じくガーナの北部、ブルキナファソの国境近く、ボロガタンガ(アイソバの出身地)やボンゴの、今現在のPOPなダンス音楽新録集!いっそ、チープなノリが現地老若男女に間で、POPとして親しまれている感じが伝わって来ます。こーゆー、ある意味、ノリがくっきり際立つ打ち込みビートって(本当は生打楽器も加わり、けっこう高度な複合リズムかとも思うんですが)、聞き手&踊り手にとっては、開かれたダンス・ビートかも知れませんね。名付けて “ゾロゴビート” 親しみやすくて高度なポリリズム、そして、時にちょっとトボケていたりユルイのかクールなの見分けがつかなったりするものの、イキがイイことは確か、是非、お楽しみ下さい!


1.Sammy – Tu Daana 03:16
2.Fadester – Guru Anowuu 02:14
3.Nmasaana – Mam bange Nidaana 04:19
4.Prince Buju – Life is a Mission 03:21
5.Awudu – 9090 03:36
6.Ramond – Agana Sela Tufu Malla 04:23
7.Designer – Guys Boys 02:08
8.Joseph – Mam Dola Yine 04:48
9.Fcl – Zom Koom 02:18
10.Dondada – Hosowo 04:38

This is the music being played on the cell phones, car speakers and sound systems in and around Bongo and Bolgatanga, the main city and capital of Ghana’s Upper East. This is the mix of local rhythms and melodies played on traditional instruments mixed with Ayamga’s Fruity Loops sample madness and Cubase programmed electro beats with on top of it all the words, rhymes, vocals and stories of the young people hanging around the Top Link studio waiting for an opportunity to throw down their voice on a fresh made track.

The main language on this album is Fare Fare, the regional language in Ghana’s Upper East region. ‘Zologo’ means ‘crazy’ in Fare Fare (also known as Frafra).

All beats, synths and bleeps by Francis Ayamga. Track 4 – kologo by Prince Buju, track 10 – sinyaka by Dondada. Mastering by Zea, Amsterdam, NL. Pictures by Francis Ayamga, artwork by Zea.


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