Adam Solomon | Nahala

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Nahala

by Adam Solomon

Blues is the music of our mother's.These same melodies have bein sung for many years with the African Slaves in the west, example Mississippi, Chicago, Memphis. My style is based on the African traditional Mijikenda blues from Kenya.
Genre: Blues: Acoustic Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Corruption
6:08 $0.99
2. Ana Arira
4:08 $0.99
3. Nahala
5:20 $0.99
4. Maisha (La Vie)
7:52 $0.99
5. Baraka 2
5:33 $0.99
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NAHALA - TRADITIONAL ACOUSTIC BLUES:
Blues is the music of our mothers, from their haunting lovely melodies. This is a five track solo acoustic album featuring Afro-acoustic blues--a fusion of the Delta blues and Ali Farka Toure-style rhythms wrapped up in down-to-earth, traditional melodies and riffs that will inspire visions in your mind, delivered through the stripped-down sounds of guitar, vocals, and small percussion instruments.
Track 1: Corruption. This piece speaks about the injustice in our legal system. It’s become like a house of thugs! We all have to speak the truth, for the truth stands out. Land matters are sacred issues to my people, the Mijikenda (the Nine Tribes of The East African coast). Kaya, a sacred place of peace, belonged to the Mijikenda from the time of our ancestors. Why are we being crowding out? Why are the people who speak the truth thrown in jail? That’s what’s happening in Mombasa Coast Province. Unemployment is high and people live in slums without proper sanitation. We know life is hard but the government needs to do better right now (similar to the struggles of the indigenous people in Canada).
Track 2: Ana Arira. A parent leaves home in the reserve to find a job in the big city. It’s far from home, jobs aren’t easy to find, and the city hides a dangerous side. You know you can’t go back home to your children empty-handed; it’s always a struggle. The Mijikenda people are oppressed and don’t have access to proper education. Most children worked for the wealthy in menial jobs as “boys”, a kind of slavery. Few families could rise to success, instead sinking further into poverty. After Kenya gained independence in 1963, rapid development continues to expand into the very lands that these people have lived on since the beginning of time, and it is easy to push them out. Nobody is listening.
Track 3: Nahala. This word has two meanings; either marriage, or it can mean taking anything that you want! In this case, the singer is tired because he has worked hard to invest his time and energy into the business of raising livestock, and hoping something good will come of the business, but he comes to a decision that it would be better to sell the livestock and buy some food for his family. It will be a long journey and he sings along the way, walking on the dusty roads through villages like Rabai, Ruruma, Ribe, and Kambe to reach Kaloleni market centre. My friends, please wait for me at Kalanda’s Village Giriama. Kaloleni, Kaloleni, oh mother it’s far by foot.
Track 4. Maisha . La vie. A short instrumental ode to Nature and the creation of God, to celebrate life and being thankful for the beauty we have all around us for life (Maisha) is peace.
Track 5. Baraka 2. Blessings we look upon…our goodness brings blessings, and all our blessings are from God. Helping those afflicted with sickness or disability, poverty or homelessness, and those children without parents is a blessing--even the smallest good deed. No one is righteous, but we all have to learn to live together with love in peace and harmony. Some think of me as the lost son, the son who doesn’t come home to the land of his ancestors often…but wherever I am is my home, I am happy wherever I am, and only God can tell the time.
(Composed/sound engineered/produced by Adam Solomon 2016)

NAHALA CREDITS:
Guitar, vocals and small percussion instruments, sound recording, mixing, and full production by Adam Solomon©2016
Photos by Nancy Barrett at Nature’s Dance Photography.
Music recorded and mixed at Golden Goose Productions Studios.
All Rights Reserved.
26 Gulliver Rd, Toronto, ON.
M6M 2M8 Canada.
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Retaining his roots in traditional music, Adam brings the blues back to the African continent where they 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. Also sounds like Ali Farka Toure from West Africa.

This Juno award winner is a master guitarist and composer whose style includes traditional East African coastal sounds fused with Memphis blues and smooth jazz.
Adam Solomon sings in English, Swahili, Lingala, and Mijikenda (the Nine Tribes from Mombasa on the Kenyan coast). "The Professor", as he is known in musical circles, is highly respected as a lead guitarist and vocalist. He and his fellow musicians create a unique sound that combines African blues and jazz, spiced with traditional and modern coastal East African rhythms.


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Wa Kalume

Midzichenda Music
Love the fusion of traditional melodies and modern renditions such a bluesy jazzy feeling.Laid back rhythms that remind me of sitting in the verandah and watching the time passing by...excellent Profesa Tikisa!!!
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Paul Corby

Calm Intensity
The bridge that leads the listener across to Adam's music is always his control of the atmosphere, bringing his serenity and love of his instrument to prevail over the impetus of the rhythm that so is urgent and intense.
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michael keith

Honest, Beautiful Music
Hearing Adam Solomon in this solo setting is essential music listening for me. The honest and heartfelt sound from his guitar and voice sound as though you were sitting beside him in your room. A master musician as he sounds without the slightest hint of studio trickery. A beautiful recording to listen to.
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Paul Noseworthy

Music for the soul
Adams latest offering Nahala is sure to please all music aficionados, blending jazz, and blues melodies , and showcasing what a talented musician he is!
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