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Safari

by Adam Solomon

World beat, afro pop dance music, high energy with drumming hot feelings good for your spirit
Genre: World: African
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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2007 JUNO NOMINEE!!
2005 JUNO AWARD WINNER!!

To buy this CD please go to: www.adamsolomon.ca
(under !tunes link on the music page) Recorded at CBC studios mixed and produced by TAX RANKS STUDIOS (Todd Fraracci)CBC.

Adam Solomon performed with AGS at Live 8 on july 2nd, in Barrie,Ontario, Canada. make poverty history.
This multitalented musician is a 2005 Juno award winner and a double winner at TAMA (Toronto African Music Awards) for Best Release and Best New Performers in 1997.
Adam was born in Mombasa, Kenya, and began performing at an early age, playing kivoti (flute) and kayaamba (shaker) at village celebrations and festivals. He established his career playing lead guitar and singing on recordings and videos with Kenya's most popular bands and musicians, including Joseph Kamaru, Daudi Kabaka, Zetta success band, Kabasselleh Ochieng', Bana Citoyen, Super Kalles, Bana Batotot, Super Mazembe, Less Wanyika, Popo Lipo of Lessa Lessan, Professor Mb.Naaman with the Nine stars band, Kanda Bongo Man, Fadhili Williams, Juma Toto, and the Mombasa Roots band.
Adam was a co-founder of Canada's great pan-African band, the Afronubians, with whom he toured western Canada in 1993. He collaborated with them for two CD releases, "Tour to Africa" 1994 and "The Great Africans" 1995. Adam collaborated on Shaw Do Man's release "Trouble Trouble" 1994, also on "Tae Kwarro" CD in the year 2000 by Achilla Orru. He has released two of his own CDs, "Safari" (Afro-pop) in Nov 1996 and "Rocket Express II" (African Renaissance Blues) in Nov 2003. Adam's touring credits include workshops and performances with Congolese superstar Papa Wemba and Ismael Lo from Senegal. Adam formed his own band, Tikisa, in 1995, and in 2004 established Adam's Blues Band. He also performs solo.
In conjunction with the CBC, Adam has collaborated with a group of pan-African musicians (including Madagascar Slim and Donne, Pa Jo, Alpha Yaya Diallo and The Mighty Popo), culminating with the release of the "African Guitar Summit" CD in 2004, which won the Juno Awards. Adam has also done several live recordings with the CBC, and has toured extensively across Canada, performing at music festivals as varied as Afrofest and the Toronto Street Festival, Whistler Festival, Winnipeg Folk Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, and the Blues Summit for the Toronto Blues Society. He's done work for the Toronto International Film Festival, and participated in documentaries including "The Immigrants" (produced by Jack Orlando) and "Jambo Kenya" (produced by Lalita Krishna & Insync Video).
To honour Black History month celebrations, Adam has become a valuable contributor to cultural education through music and storytelling, presenting interactive programs at universities, schools, and libraries.
Retaining his roots in traditional music, Adam's compositions embrace a wide variety of African rhythms, from traditional soukous, highlife, and reggae to samba, bossanova and rhumba. On his latest African Renaissance Blues CD release, Adam returns the blues to the African continent where it originated with African slaves. The effortless manner with which he controls the guitar so that it sings with him exemplifies the talent of this East African native. Adam's style of guitar playing is renaissance because it carefully fuses the Mississippi Delta blues style of BB King and Muddy Waters while highlighting the African blues style.
Adam sings in six languages, including Swahili, English, and Arabic. "The Professor", as he is known in musical circles, is highly respected as a lead guitarist and vocalist. In addition, he is experienced as a bass and rhythm guitar player, and is facile on the keyboard and percussion instruments. He also performs with his four piece blues band.
By Nancy Barrett & Opiyo Oloya
For more info please visit: www.cdbaby.com/adamsolomon2
or Adam Solomon's website on the left side of this page.
E-mail: prof_tikisa@hotmail.com or originaltikisa@yahoo.ca

NEW RELEASE "ROOTS RHYTHMS" NOW AVAILABLE ON CDBABY!!

See live videos:
www.myspace.com/adamsolomontikisa
www.adamsolomon.ca

COMING SOON TO CDBABY.COM ****
ALBUM TITTLE: MILA “CULTURE”

2005 Juno Award Winner with African Guitar Summit on CBC records, and Double Winner at Toronto Music Africa Awards 1997 in Canada ****.
Adam N. Solomon AKA “The Professor” has been known to the listeners and fans around the world as an Afropop musician since the 70's, performing Afro Rhumba and Soukous music.In the year 2003 he recorded his fast solo Album “African Renaissance Blues Rocket Express II” which fetured acoustic blues. Adam is gone deeper in researching his traditional African roots music, playing African blues on acoustic guitar,traditional African drumming, and singing. Like the likes of Alifarka Toure from Mali, this East Africa Maestro of guitar brings out his inner vision and talent that was unheard in the world of music. Adam grew up in a musical family in Kenya east Africa in the coast Province, he is original from the Nine tribes known as the “Mijikenda”.

“The Mijikenda tribes of the Kenyan coast were unheard from for many years, even during the colonial years of rule, primarily due to the fact that government activities were occurring mainly in the central province, in Nairobi, and the Mijikenda were literally on the edges. Kenya gained independence in 1963. The first President was Jomo Kenyatta, who came from the Gikuyu tribe, which is a Bantu group like the Mijikenda. The people of the central province are Gikuyu, Embu, the Maasai, the Nandi (a different group of tribes), and the Meru, which ruled the plains of the Rift Valley. It's assumed that the tribes of the Rift Valley threw off their drums when they were fighting during an immigration period coming down from Ethiopia, and during the time when they were establishing their territories in the Rift Valley. From the same group of Bantus, the Mijikenda, who also emigrated from Ethiopia, kept their big traditional drums, and the traditions have continued until today”.
“The Bantus of the coast, the Nine Tribes, include Giriama, Duruma, Makonde, Kambe, Ribe, Rabai, Chonyi, Digo, and Jibana, who originally settled in the lower coastal province of Kenya. I am half-caste Duruma and Giriama. The musical style known as Sengenya beat comes from both the Duruma and Digo people, and Lungo music is originally from the Giriama and Duruma people”.
“Like the peoples of West Africa, we have developed our own rhythms and some of our drums are similar, but not all. We have the Twari drum, which is a two-sided medium-sized drum and has a mid-rhythmic tone. The same Twari drum can be used for soloing or keep the rhythm. The Twari drums come in different tones, medium bass, light bass, and heavy bass. There is the Chitupho drum, which has a higher tone, closer to the West African Djembe drum, and it can be used for different purposes in the rhythm. The Ng'ombe Drum, known as the mother of the drums, is huge and very bass, shaped like a table with three or four legs. This drum can bring a wall down if not well-supported. The Ng'ombe drum is pure wood and cowskin (Ng'ombe = cowskin), played with heavy sticks with a round end, while wearing small ankle and wrist bells and shakers, particularly the Kayamba tikisa (shaker) made of grass straw, and other small percussion instruments”.





Adam Solomon performances:
PETOSKEY, MI-USA
WASHINGTON DC -USA
MARQUETTE, MI - USA
DENNOS MUSEUM Traverse City, Michigan USA
BLUE PRINT FESTIVAL AIR CANADA CENTRE, Toronto ,ON
"MILLENNIUM" FIRST NIGHT HARBOURFRONT CENTRE, Toronto
MARIPOSA FESTIVAL, Toronto
BANA YA AFRICA FESTIVAL, Toronto
UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO, Toronto
CABBAGETOWN COMMUNITY FESTIVAL, Toronto
KENSINGTON FESTIVAL, Toronto
FESTIVAL OF FRIENDS, Hamilton, ON
BLOOR STREET FESTIVAL, Toronto, ON
YONGE STREET FESTIVAL, Toronto, ON
QUINTE ARTS FESTIVAL, Belleville, ON
DISCOVERY CHANNEL CHRISTMAS PARTY, Ontario Science Centre, Toronto, ON
A SCATTERING OF SEEDS - SOUND TRACK VISION TV, Toronto, ON
MONTREAL INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL, Montreal, Qb
TASTE OF THE DANFORTH FESTIVAL, Toronto, ON
CBC ROOTS IN THE RAFTERS Live Recording, Dhuram, ON
TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, Toronto ON
NATHAN PHILIPS SQUARE, Toronto, ON
WHISTLER FESTIVAL, BC
SUNSHINE COAST FESTIVAL ON THE STREET, BC
EDMONTON JAZZ FEST, AB
AFRO FEST, Toronto, ON
ATLANTIC JAZZ FEST, Halifax, NS
WINNIPEG FOLK FESTIVAL, MB
BRANDON FOLK FESTIVAL, MB
VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL, BC
REGINA FOLK FESTIVAL, SK
TVO ONTARIO, Toronto, ON
SPECIAL OLYMPICS, Toronto, ON
AFRO-CARIBEAT, Toronto, ON
AFRO FEST BY THE LAKE CNE, Toronto, ON
HILLSIDE FOLK FESTIVAL, Guelph, ON
THE SILVER DOLLAR ROOM, Toronto, ON
HEALEY'S CLUB, Toronto, ON
THE RIVOLI CLUB, Toronto, ON
LULA LOUNGE BAR & REST, Toronto, ON
VANCOUVER ISLAND MUSIC FEST, Comox valley B.C
AFRO-FEST, Kitchener Waterloo, ON
African Guitar Summit Recordings Collaboration by CBC studios Toronto,ON
Live performance Glen Gould Studios CBC Toronto, ON
2005 Junofest performance in Winnipeg, MB
2005 live broadcasting at CBC Radio, Winnipeg, MB
2005 performance at High and Lonesome Club, Winnipeg, MB
Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival, BC
Mont Tremblant International Blues Festival, QC
(BIA at Greek Town) Sounds of The Danforth, Toronto, ON
TD Downtown JAzz Festival, Toronto Downtown jazz, ON
The Silver Dollar Room, Toronto, ON

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Jeff Msangi

Huray Africa!
This CD stands out as one of the best Cds with African rythms that I have ever listened in North America.The musical arrangement is fantastic and the message is amazing.I would recommend anybody with love for modern music to have this CD.
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Duane Duckworth

This music is great, great, great...
This music has brought back memories in such vivid detail...This is just great, great, great...
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lynn


it is a wonderful CD.
adam plays the guitar with feeling...he makes it talk.
the joyful notes bounce throughout the album and make me dance...the best thing of all !
the CD is smooth and velvety to the ear.
i want to see Tikisa live again some day Adam.
Toronto NEEDS the sound.
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