- Fulani Journey (Electric
Review by Ricardo
top record from the Delta
Recording Service. Afrissippi matches Senegalese singer/songwriter
Guelel Kumba with the North Mississippi hill country
blues of Eric Deaton to extraordinary effect.
The story goes that Afrissippi was born when Kumba and Deaton, apprentice
of Junior Kimbrough, discovered the similarity
between Senegalese folk melodies and 'hill country boogie and cottonpatch
trance' whilst hanging whilst hanging at R.L Burnside's
The result is an eerie blend that does seem to tap directly into
'The Blues' from both an African and an American perspective. It's
trancey, and it's got boogie indeed. Kumba's vocals, in, apparently,
five different languages, float across his rhythmic acoustic guitar
whilst the band, variously made of of Deaton, Kinney (son
of Jr.) Kimbrough, Cedric (grandson of R.L.) Burnbside,
Jimbo Mathus and others, back things up with a
fine dirty groove.
There's a great appearance, too, by activist-poet-jazz historian-promoter-DJ
Sinclair telling the story of the Fulani people, also
featured on the bonus video track with the CD.
Electric Catfish Records describe this as 'World Boogie Music' and
it certainly sits comfortably next to the Earnest Ranglin's in the
'World' section, but it's also a true blues record and what's more
it's one that has something to add to the 'Blues' section.
Buy it now from: www.afrissippi.com