+ New EP ‘Time is a Gift Which We Share All the Time’
Headline Jazz Cafe London on 24th September 2020
Afriquoi are back with their ‘Time is a Gift Which We Share All the Time’ EP. Taken from a line from the track ‘Ndeko Solo’, the title is a reminder of the blessedness of being alive and the intimate connection of all things.
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This is the first EVER Afriquoi release where the whole band has gone into the studio to record a full live-band sound, playing together at Octagon Studios, putting down songs that were written collaboratively and honed over years on live stages. It was recorded with the assistance of Tom Excell (Nubiyan Twist, Onipa) to help capture the right live sound.
Where previous workflow was much more about producer Nico Bentley sitting individually with individual members and studio guests to create the sound, this EP showcases the live band sound that has thrilled audiences on festival stages from Glastonbury West Holts to WOMAD to Dimensions Festival: Jally Kebba Susso’s exquisite kora playing, Fiston Lusambo’s intricate Congolese guitar; uplifting vocals from Andre Espeut; crisp percussion from André Marmot, tasteful chords from Nico Bentley and beats from Oli Cole.
Singer Andre Espeut explains: “This EP reflects the emotions of our musical journey within our live shows, gathering energy and momentum from every city, touring, traveling, collecting loving, dancing, vibing and embracing our growing relationship with our loyal fans. We greet you with that energy captured in these songs and if you open your heart to us, we’ll make you dance all night…”
Parisian label Mawimbi are the perfect match for the band, having established themselves of champions of electronic music from the African diaspora, through their long-running nights in Paris, their DJ sets, their label releases and their own productions (eg their remix of Oumou Sangare’s ‘Yere Faga’ for No Format).
More than any of Afriquoi’s previous releases, this EP allows each member’s individual sound and talent to shine. Guitarist Fiston Lusambo explains ‘we wanted to create a style of music which does not exist yet by combining Congolese guitar, Gambian kora, African Djembe and mixing them with European music… this EP is a result of our work where each of us has put his talent in it ,we think we have now something which is what we wanted ,this EP will give Afriquoi its real identity a style of music”.