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Explorations in Afrobeat by Eufórquestra

Yoruba is the main ethno-linguistic group in Nigeria and the second one widely spread in Africa. Iowa’s Euforquestra delivers us a second gem, Explorations in Afrobeat, in which listeners will enjoy West African rhythms and Yoruba tradition plus some splendid art work and an informative booklet.

Eufórquestra brews as a powerful band deploying a variety of Afro-Cuban rhythms, reggae, samba, jazz, and even rock. The tracks are filled with a high poetic input rooted in the Lucumi religion and spectral beasts, delineated with manifold aspects of nature and ethno-culture. As the groove builds up, the band plays with fever off each track. The guitar flakes phrases while the reeds use polyphonic shades, keys and vibes creating whirling notes.

Eufórquestra’s foundations are indeed many instruments: drums, percussion, bass, guitar, keyboards, saxophones and vibes. It showcases grandiose moments of twitter, exploring spaces with vocals, rhythms and ancestral euphonies.

These pieces of art embody a multitude of musical styles alternating between riotous grooves and fusion discharges as well as loquacious passages. A sense of quest is raised up to represent the art distinctive figuring of Eufórquestra rhythmic methods, wildly stating a keystone meaning.

This release is surprising as its music touches for originality and companionship along with its cushy proximity and genuineness. Highly recommended!

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Eufórquestra
  • CD Title: Explorations in Afrobeat
  • Genre: World Music
  • Year Released: 2006
  • Record Label: Mistreal Records
  • Tracks: Elegua, Ogun, Obatala, Intro to Chango, Chango, Into to Ochun, Ochun, Elegua Outro
  • Musicians: Ryan Jeter (tenor sax, vocals), Austin Zaletel (alto sax, vocals), Milke Tallman (guitar, vocals), Adam Grosso (bass, vibes, vocals), Josten Foley (drums, vocals), Matt Grundstad (percussion , lead vocals), Eric Quiner (keybords, vocals)
  • Rating: Four Stars
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