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Nyade

by ELIKEH

A refreshingly unique roots approach to African music that can hit hard and make you move, AND cool you down in equal measure.
Genre: World: African
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1. NYADE
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2. MADJO featuring Yeli Fuzzo
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3. APE GAME
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4. KPANLOGO
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5. EDJO
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6. ESSO (KAMU)
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7. DON'T YOU (AIYE)
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8. VA MA KPO
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9. GBLEDO
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10. MADJO REDUX
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
ELIKEH is a collective of like-minded, roots musicians in the Washington, DC area. Led by singer/songwriter Serge "Massama" Dogo, ELIKEH performs mostly original material drawn from Massama's roots in Togo. Rounding out the sound is an eclectic mix of tunes by groups like Osibisa, Geraldo Pino, Bob Marley & The Wailers and Third World.

ELIKEH (pronounced "ey-LEE-kay") signifies something that is rooted, whether in the soil or in tradition. Massama and the ELIKEH crew have taken this approach in crafting their unique fusion of traditional rhythms with choice elements from afrobeat, soukous, reggae, jazz and rock. With drums, bass, 2 guitars, percussion and horns, the result is an organic blend of phat grooves and sweet, sweet melody.

ELIKEH's songs speak of justice, love and migration. They are sung primarily in Ewe and Kabye, with arrangements based on Agbadga, Kamu and Agbekor rhythms from the West African region encompassing Togo, Ghana & Benin.

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ESSY

I got it Serge!!
Massama, you re the man!! Keep up the good work.
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max Bassman

Good Job
verry good job guys good mixt good......good everything. this music makes sense. ty and see you soon on the road.
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Joe Ross

Chic flamboyance & eclectic style has potential for widespread mainstream appeal
Playing Time – 41:22 -- Besides a few English lyrics, Serge “Massama” Dogo mainly sings in Ewe, Kabye, and French. Some liner notes would have been nice to explain the messages being imparted in each original piece. While I’m told that the songs are about justice, love and migration, there is also a pervading feeling of happiness, optimism and enthusiasm in this lively music. This 2006 album from the Silver Spring, Md. band includes Serge Dogo (lead vocals, guitar), Michael Shereikis (guitar, vocals), Dave McDavitt (drums, percussion), and Trevor Specht (sax, flute). Five different bassists are featured on the album (Jon Aversa, Clement Aho, Didier Kangbeni, Tony Allelujah, Ary Zogdoule). Yeli Fuzzo raps on the second track, “Madjo.” Specht’s sax and flute are rather understated on the CD, and more of them on future projects would enhance the overall mix. In a more raucous vein, “Esso (Kamu)” has a meandering melody line that just doesn’t seem to take advantage of the flute’s capabilities. While his vocals seem rather inconspicuous, Michael Shereikis’ proficient guitar work is prevalent. He studied African style guitar while living in Central Africa and Abidjan (Cote d'Ivoire) in the 1990s. Another key member contributing to Elikeh’s total sound is David McDavitt, a percussionist who clearly has both the passion and aptitude for world music.

The many influences heard in Elikeh’s original music include roots, Afrobeat, soukous, reggae, funk, jazz and rock. At the center of attention on “Nyade” are Massama’s vocals and the rhythmic intensity of percussion and bass. Born and raised in Togo, Massama started songwriting and playing reggae and rock while in high school. At the Universite du Benin in Lome, he directed the University Orchestra from 1997-1999. Relocating to the U.S. in 2000, Massama began performing with such groups as the Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band and Togolese rocker Jimi Hope.

Original arrangements incorporate various West Africa rhythms. I appreciate the way they incorporate ethnic music idioms into a type of contemporary roots music blend with an American appeal for lively, danceable grooves. The band’s name refers to roots, and the fusion of traditional Ewe music sensibilities with electric Afropop sounds makes for a captivating mixture. The most traditional offering is the percussion-laden “Kpanlogo,” while more modern flavors of rap and reggae appear in “Madjo” and “Don’t You (Aiye)” in which Massama sings “Don’t you want to see me get high / Don’t you want to see me feel high and touch the sky.” Elikeh’s music also includes social commentary and philosophical overtones, and, with a tad more attention to production, it has potential for widespread mainstream appeal. Massama is well on his way to developing his own chic flamboyance and eclectic style. (Joe Ross, Roseburg, OR.)
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