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Fuji Satisfaction: Soundclash in Lagos
     

Fuji Satisfaction: Soundclash in Lagos

by Adewale Ayuba
 
The multicultural threads that eventually wove together to give rise to this album are fairly mind-boggling. Adé Bantu is a British national who was born to a German mother and a Nigerian father. Adewale Ayuba is a Nigerian musician who plies his trade internationally as something of an ambassador for the regional pop music known as fuji, a dance music style that

Overview

The multicultural threads that eventually wove together to give rise to this album are fairly mind-boggling. Adé Bantu is a British national who was born to a German mother and a Nigerian father. Adewale Ayuba is a Nigerian musician who plies his trade internationally as something of an ambassador for the regional pop music known as fuji, a dance music style that incorporates elements of hip-hop, reggae, Afrobeat, Islamic singing, Yoruba drumming, and more. Bantu and Ayuba brought all of their collective influences together to make this album, which is a heady (though not always completely successful) stew of European and pan-African sounds. The title track is rhythmically brilliant, but suffers from sloppily out-of-tune singing. "Oya" fares better, and brings to mind the juju music that King Sunny Ade was making in the late '70s. "Where di Water, Where di Lighter" is a clever indictment of both dancehall violence and of Western hypersensitivity, and "Many Lessons" effectively leavens trite and earnest lyrics with some of the funkiest baritone sax playing you're likely to hear in any given year. "How Real (Can a Real, Real Be)" is as musically directionless as its title is rhetorically directionless, however, and "Mt. Fuji" is only brilliant until the male singer comes in. Overall, this album is something of a mixed bag, but definitely worth a listen.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/13/2005
Label:
Piranha Germany
UPC:
0826863199824
catalogNumber:
1998

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Adewale Ayuba   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Oghene Kologbo   Bass,Guitar,Drums,Background Vocals
Reiner Witzel   Flute,Saxophone
Daniel Allen   Trumpet
Ben Abarbanel-Wolff   Saxophone,Wood Flute
Matt Hutchinson   fender rhodes
Adé Bantu   Vocals,Background Vocals
Mandjao Fati   Bass,Guitar
Don Abi   Vocals,Background Vocals
Mirta Junco Wambrug   Vocals,Background Vocals
Mukaila Afolabi   Background Vocals
Ade Bantu   Vocals,Background Vocals
Mudasiru Ayansina   Bata
Matt Hutchinson   fender rhodes
Frank Schellenberger   fender rhodes
Oladapo Adebayo   Background Vocals
Akeem Egunjobi   Background Vocals
Teniade Olafisoye   Background Vocals
Blain Pawlos   Vocals,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Oghene Kologbo   Composer
Adewale Ayuba   Composer
Borkowsky Akbar   Executive Producer
Brigitte Bieg   Executive Producer
Adé Bantu   Producer,Video Director
Don Abi   Producer
Mirta Junco Wambrug   Composer
Afrobeat Academy   Producer
Ade Bantu   Audio Production
Frank Schellenberger   Programming
Herb V.   Audio Production

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