Album Of The Week: Various Artist – This is Kologo Power!

 

This is Kologo Power! - Various Artist

This compilation is an African initiative. King Ayisoba once told Makkum Records: “I want to make the world love kologo music like Bob Marley made the world love reggae music.” Most of the tracks on this album were recorded in studios in Ghana. Some are sung in Frafra, others in pidgin English. Some are with a live band and some feature just solo kologo and voice. But all the songs represent a force and unveil a very strong musical power. The connection between kologo music and (delta) blues has been made more than once and that resemblance is not written on ice; the personal and the social messages, the strong rhythms, the push that this instrument -with only two strings spanned over a goatskin on a calabash- can give to people to make sure they don’t ignore the dance floor, all that makes it worth the effort of putting together at least one kologo compilation.

We salute the gentleman explorer Christopher Kirkley on another fine release!

 

(★★★★☆)

 

This is Kologo Power! is out now via Sahel Sounds (buy)

Staff

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