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The Polyversal Souls bring us their debut album ‘Invisible Joy’ with a storm of sound and energy. Produced at the Berlin based Ru-Ting Clan Sound Lab by Max Weissenfeldt (Whitefield Bros., Poets of Rhythm), the band invited artists from all around the world to join their musical journey. From the likes of Guy One, Ebo Taylor's son Roy X, Hailu Mergia, Afrika Baby Bam, Ana’abugre and freedom poet Y-Bayani. The result of all these talented and range of contributors create a beautiful piece of global raw soul ambience. 

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Millie says: With such a vast elective mix of artists this album is brimming with talent and vibrancy. Uplifting and full of variation, this is definitely worth listening to!

Following in the fine tradition of central Europe's exo/eso forefathers (check out 'Tropical Drums Of Deutschland' - Patch) Berlin's Philophon continue to bring us local musics from all across the globe, often reinforced with a little magic from their homeland. This time round their special guest is North Ghanaian Kologo master Guy One, who breezes through the A-side with "Everything You Do, You Do For Yourself", a heavy and heady bit of modern highlife with intricate plucked strings, a stomping beat and boomng bass horns. On "Estra", the first lady of Frafra-Gospel, Ms Florence Adooni, joins the ensemble, wrapping her gorgeous vocal around sinuous synthwork and Max Weissenfeldt's hot horn arrangements, before taking a backseat as Mr Guy One does his thang. One record, with two excellent tracks - we truly are living the highlife. 



Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids

Tinoge Ya Ta'a Ba, Pt. 1 & 2 (feat. Guy One)

2016 was the year for Idris Ackamoor & the Pyramids: their album "We Be All Africans" (produced by Philophon and released on Strut Rec.) vaulted them among the global top acts of the current Spiritual Jazz renaissance. The strength of the group is its deep connection to Africa: not just that their music is inspired by the spirit of Africa, they actually founded themselves on an extended trip to the Motherland in 1972.

On that trip Idris Ackamoor visited the tiny town Bolgatanga in Northern Ghana to play with local Frafra musicians - an experience which changed his life. Now, after 45 years, Idris dives once more into the magical music of the Frafra people by teaming up with master musician Guy One, the no. 1 Kologo artist of the vital music scene of Bolgatanga. On "Tinoge Ya Ta'a Ba" Guy One sings about the power of unity - a unity you hear clearly on this Afro-Euro-American cooperation: a driving rhythm, a eulogizing saxophone, a gripping voice and in total a journey into another dimension.

Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids

Rhapsody In Berlin Part 1 And 2

After the reissue of their three private pressed albums from the 1970s, followed by the release of a new album, The Pyramids - led by multi-instrumentalist, multi-talented artist - Idris Ackamoor - seem to have revived the burning fire that once gave birth to an ecstatic musical concept. The Pyramids' honest love for music, their firm belief in its social impact have shaped their story and style: after studying with free-jazz icon Cecil Taylor, the Pyramids left for a journey through Africa in 1972 where they connected with their cultural roots and developed their own musical vision.

On "Rhapsody in Berlin" this vision is still vibrating: a melodic horn theme interplays with a Pygmy flute, some driving riffs and a heavy funk rhythm. The music will walk you through an enchanted jungle that seems somewhat quiet at first - despite the sense of its hidden power. Suddenly but elegantly the music explodes and the saxophone takes off and flies freely before merging with a singing violin into an ecstasy of percussion.

This Philophon release is produced by Idris Ackamoor and Max Weissenfeldt at Ru-Ting Clan Sound Lab, Berlin.


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