Seeds of Djuke

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Jazz hasn't been as great an influence on African pop as soul and funk have been, but there is still plenty of jazz-influenced African pop to be found if you know where to look for it. Jazz has influenced countless Ethiopian artists, and it has also influenced everyone from Rasha in the Sudan to the late Fela Kuti in Nigeria. Meanwhile, guitarist/vocalist On Ka'a Davis' Seeds of Djuke is, to a large degree, an example of jazz-influenced African pop from the United States. The Cleveland native turned New York City resident was once of a member of Sun Ra's Arkestra, and the influences on this 2009 release range from Ra to Kuti to John Coltrane to Malian music. Seeds of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Jazz hasn't been as great an influence on African pop as soul and funk have been, but there is still plenty of jazz-influenced African pop to be found if you know where to look for it. Jazz has influenced countless Ethiopian artists, and it has also influenced everyone from Rasha in the Sudan to the late Fela Kuti in Nigeria. Meanwhile, guitarist/vocalist On Ka'a Davis' Seeds of Djuke is, to a large degree, an example of jazz-influenced African pop from the United States. The Cleveland native turned New York City resident was once of a member of Sun Ra's Arkestra, and the influences on this 2009 release range from Ra to Kuti to John Coltrane to Malian music. Seeds of Djuke is Afro-pop meets post-bop and electric free jazz, but despite being avant-garde at times, this 72-minute CD is fairly accessible overall. There are some abstract, cerebral, dissonant moments, but more often than not, Davis maintains a strong sense of groove and keeps those grooves infectious. And despite having grown up in the United States, Davis never sounds like someone who has only a passing interest in the pop music of Sub-Saharan Africa; in fact, Seeds of Djuke gives the impression that he has spent a considerable amount of time checking out what Afro-pop in Nigeria, Ethiopia, Mali, and other countries has to offer. But again, Seeds of Djuke wasn't recorded anywhere on the African continent -- it was recorded in the U.S. specifically, New York City and northern New Jersey, and Davis has no problem demonstrating that excellent Afro-pop can come from North America.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/21/2009
  • Label: Livewired Music
  • UPC: 884501096485
  • Catalog Number: 1004

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 ...Speaking of You (0:13)
  2. 2 Yea! Yea! (4:17)
  3. 3 No! No Go for It! (7:44)
  4. 4 Ain't Nobody Teach Nobody Nothin'! (5:50)
  5. 5 Voodoo Ultralux (4:30)
  6. 6 There, In Theatre (6:40)
  7. 7 Return-Send (3:25)
  8. 8 Splendor (1:49)
  9. 9 Zero, Zero (2:57)
  10. 10 I Ain't Scared (8:45)
  11. 11 Na Na Not Me! (2:28)
  12. 12 Ain't Nobody Teach... (Reprise) (2:50)
  13. 13 Put It to It (2:31)
  14. 14 We've Been Observing You (3:38)
  15. 15 I Stayed Cool (3:19)
  16. 16 Djuke No Go Die (4:34)
  17. 17 Stars at On (8:35)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
On Ka'a Davis Primary Artist, Percussion, Vocals
Jojo Kuo Percussion, Drums
Francis Mbappe Bass, Upright Bass
Luther Thomas Horn, Alto Saxophone
Andrew Lamb Horn, Tenor Saxophone
Felice Rosser Vocals, Background Vocals
Greg Lewis Percussion, Drums
Juini Booth Bass
Marie Afonso Vocals
Daniel Jodocy Percussion, Drums
Saco Yasuma Horn, Alto Saxophone
Tess Marsalis Vocals, Background Vocals
Tomchess Tenor Saxophone
Tom Augsburger Percussion, Drums
Welf Dorrh Alto Saxophone
Wakesha Vocals, Background Vocals
Mimi Camara Vocals
Marie Afonso Vocals
Juini Booth Upright Bass
Dalius Naujokaitis-Naujo Percussion, Drums
Bopa "King" Carre Percussion
Adam Feller Upright Bass
Thierno Camara Upright Bass
Radu Olahu Ben Judah Upright Bass
Nick Gianni Baritone Saxophone, Upright Bass
Meg Montgomery Trumpet
Kadiatou Sibi Vocals
Technical Credits
Shane Keister Producer, Engineer, Mastering
Bernard Fox Mastering, Remastering
On Ka'a Davis Composer, Audio Production
Charles Blass Audio Production
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