Balimaya Project - Wolo SoJazz Re:freshed
The Balimaya project is a collective of Uk musicians collaborating on Mande music. Mande is a family of ethnic groups from West Africa. Led by UK based Djembe musician Yahael Camara Onono, the group consists of members of burgeoning bands Kokoroko and Seed Ensemble. "Soninka Patronba" begins with warm percussions and a brimming horn section. The tune shifts tempos from mellow to spirited high energy grooves. "City Of God" is a meditative blend of Kora, trumpet and Trombone rhythms. "Dakan" is another polyrhythmnic tune bursting with hypnotic percussions, soothing keys and sublime horn arrangements. A marvelous record that flows with spirited energy and enthusiasm. This is a showcase of the abundance of talented UK musicians with a foundation of Jazz and their pulse on the Mande culture.
Reg Dancy, 09/21