AFRICA TODAY: NIGHT DREAMER DIRECT TO DISC SESSIONS by ETUK UBONG

SKU112688
ArtistETUK UBONG
TitleAFRICA TODAY: NIGHT DREAMER DIRECT TO DISC SESSIONS
LabelNIGHT DREAMER
Catalog #ND 002 NIGHT
Genre
ReleaseW 39 - 2020
FormatVinyl - UKLP
Import
 € 17,50 incl. VAT, excl. shipping

Tracks

  1. Ekpo Mmommom
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/n/nd_002_y97637_africa_today/sf773680-01-01-01.mp3
  2. African Struggle
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/n/nd_002_y97637_africa_today/sf773680-01-01-02.mp3
  3. Africa Today
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/n/nd_002_y97637_africa_today/sf773680-01-01-03.mp3
  4. Mass Corruption
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/n/nd_002_y97637_africa_today/sf773680-01-02-01.mp3
  5. Spiritual Change
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/n/nd_002_y97637_africa_today/sf773680-01-02-02.mp3
  6. The Purpose Of Creation
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/n/nd_002_y97637_africa_today/sf773680-01-02-03.mp3

Description

Ubong was invited by Night Dreamer to record at Haarlem’s Artone Studio, home to an enviable collection of vintage mastering and recording equipment and situated right above a pressing plant. He assembled an international ensemble of the highest calibre to record his compositions direct-to-disc, avoiding the interference created by widely adopted recording techniques and capturing his enigmatic live performance in its most natural and explosive form. Ubong is joined by another Lagos-based musician, Michael Awosogo, also on trumpet, and a hand-picked group of UK and Netherlands-based musicians who finally after an impromptu show the night before, recorded the whole album in just one sitting on the last day of the five-day session.

Much of the music is incredibly fast-paced, and politically charged, particularly on titles such as “African Struggle” and “Mass Corruption’’, with Ubong featuring on both trumpet and lead vocal, leading a five-piece brass section over the percussion-heavy rhythm section and soulful keys supplied by Vels Trio’s Jack Stephenson-Oliver. Etuk uses music to address not only injustice but also humanity and spirituality, most notably on “Spiritual Change”, a deep cut on which Etuk reflects on Africans need for internal change before they can address the problems around them, stands-out among the rest of the album.

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