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Ji

by Etienne Cakpo & Joselito Atchade

Afro-jazz, traditional Beninese rhythms, reggae and funk all in one. "Ji" is an original fusion of cutting saxophone, catchy drums and soothing kora performed by musicians from Benin, West Africa.
Genre: World: African
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1. Dagbé Mabou (Good things don't go away)
8:07 album only
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2. Ji (Rain)
6:19 album only
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3. Mystic Spirit
5:05 album only
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4. Nouwamé (Something happens to you)
5:11 album only
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5. Oriré (Good luck)
3:26 album only
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6. Poly Ideas
5:39 album only
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7. Voudoun
2:43 album only
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8. Yéyé yavi (Baby is crying)
5:13 album only
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9. Yonnou (Woman)
5:12 album only

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
JI is a jazzy collection of original world beat music from Benin, West Africa. The nine-track album features Etienne Cakpo on percussion and Josélito Atchade on saxophone, as well as guest artist Kane Mathis on guitar and kora, a 21-string gourd-harp from the Sahel.

The songs on Ji range from relaxing instrumental arrangements to danceable funk and reggae beats. Several tracks feature traditional drum and percussion rhythms from Benin, such as "Oriré," a song that brings luck from the ancestors for a good corn harvest, and "Voudoun," a poly-rhythmic composition of traditional rhythms on the bell and shaker.

The song Yonnou is an hommage to women - our mothers, sisters, wives and daughters, and highlights cutting saxophone and catchy Beninese bell rhythms. Other songs convey feelings of spiritual communication, or the importance of intercultural understanding. World-beat fans and connoisseurs of contemporary West African music will particularly enjoy this spicy collection!

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If World Fusion Jazz brings to mind a watered down element of the East merging with New Age-infected smooth jazz, then you're in for a real treat. A true meeting of West African traditional music with Jazz, Etienne Cakpo & Joselito Atchade cultivate a garden of musical colors, titillating the ears with the sounds of Benin. Did you ever think that the kora and the saxophone could share the same stage? They do on this album, and with surprising beauty and ease. This is true Afro-Jazz, respectful of both traditions it fuses while remaining innovative, daring, and danceable.
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Tamara Turner, CD Baby Music Editor/Reviewer

A real treat.
If World Fusion Jazz brings to mind a watered down element of the East merging with New Age-infected smooth jazz, then you're in for a real treat. A true meeting of West African traditional music with Jazz, Etienne Cakpo & Joselito Atchade cultivate a garden of musical colors, titillating the ears with the sounds of Benin. Did you ever think that the kora and the saxophone could share the same stage? They do on this album, and with surprising beauty and ease. This is true Afro-Jazz, respectful of both traditions it fuses while remaining innovative, daring, and danceable.
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