A potent melting pot of cultural and musical ideology, ‘Peace Love and Unity’ sends a worldwide message that cultural differences need not be a source of conflict but of celebration.
Recorded live over 2 Days in the Low Pressure Sound Studios, Byron Bay by one of Brisbane's classiest studio engineers Paulie B & Mixed by one of Brisbane's finest analogue producers Jeff Lovejoy, 'Peace, Love & Unity' Afro Dizzi Act's 2nd full length studio release captures the exciting, energetic & powerful live sound Afro Dizzi Act are known for.
The collaboration with lead singer & world renowned West African Master Kora player & story teller Jali Buba Kuyateh really sets this album apart from other Australian/Cross cultural World Music releases.
PEACE, LOVE & UNITY' # 9 ROOTS 'n' ALL TRIPLE J TOP 10 ROOTS ALBUMS of 2009. (as voted by JJJ Listeners) hosted by Sarah Howells.
SCENE MAGAZINE 25.11.09
"As one of Brisbane/ Nth NSW’s most active and wildly talented funk collectives, Afro Dizzi Act have been forging a path through Afrobeat, dub, and heavy funk for more than a decade, bringing a ton of good vibes to the masses over the years. Since hooking up with Senegalese Kora master and vocalist Jali Buba Kuyateh four years ago, they have headed deeper into the heart of Africa, and this is reflected on their latest release, ‘Peace Love & Unity’. A brilliant live band, Afro have captured their vibe perfectly here - anyone who caught them at Island Vibe can attest to their power. This is true Afrobeat, strongly influenced by masters such as Fela Kuti - layers of simple rhythm cascade and mesh together to form a hypnotic and, overall, complex beast of a sound that can’t fail to get feet tapping and heads nodding. Throughout tracks like ‘Toubabau’ and ‘The Pilgrem Returns’, there is a sunny, heady vibe that just screams authentic, good timesummer music. The rhythm section (OJ Newcombe and Mark Henman) is bedrock, keeping the whole band nailed down with finesse and feeling throughout, while Sol Carrol and Zig Zaggs provide the melody and flourish. Marcello jumps up for a suitably infectious wail on ‘Do You Love’, and the overall impression is that this is a band completely hitting their straps in terms of confidence, knowledge and musicality."
There is a bonus disc available with a pile of dope remixes from the album. Afro Dizzi Act are an essential part of the musical landscape up here - this release says they’ll be around for a long time.
" One of the best African/Australian fusion bands I have ever seen come out of Australia." Ben Walsh (The Bird, Circle of Rhythm).
"DURING every Woodford Folk Festival, the word goes out about one or two truly outstanding acts in attendance. This year, popular band Afro Dizzi Act has been the one wowing the crowds in their thousands." - Alan Lander (Sunshine Coast Daily)
"Afro's rhythmic jams have become the stuff of inner city legend. They manage to combine a natural approach to their music with a deadly precision when it comes to both arrangement and instrumentation." Gavin Sawford (Editor. Rave & Street Press)
released October 3, 2009
Jali Buba Kuyateh (West Africa) l Kora & Vocals
Nick Aggs l Rhodes, Wurlitzer & Tenor Sax
Owen J Newcomb l Bass, Moog, Organ & BV's
Shannon Sol R. Carroll l Guitar, Moog & Vocals
Mark Henman l Drums
Andrew Szumowski l Organ, Rhodes, Synth. Marimba
Shannon Marshall l Trumpet
Seikh (West Africa) l Sabarr Drums
Marcello Milani l Vocals
Greg Sheehan l Percussion
Matt Ledgar l Congas
Graeme Norris l Bari Sax
Alyson Joyce l Vocals
Renee Simone l BV's
Diana Raczek l BV's
Recorded & Engineered by Paulie B on Nov. 26th
& 27th, 2008 at Low Pressure Sound Studios & The Tanuki Lounge. (www.myspace.com/pauliebromley
Album artwork concept by Oj Newcomb (LPP)
Graphic Design by Donna Gee (www.donnagee.tk)
Mixed by Jeff Lovejoy & Oj Newcomb at
Blackbox Studios (www.blackboxrecording.com)
Mastered by Steve Smart at 301 Studios
Produced & Edited by Oj Newcomb
Low Pressure Productions
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