Jay Lou Ava | Unforgettable Soweto

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Unforgettable Soweto

by Jay Lou Ava

A progressive Afro-Jazz
Genre: Jazz: Progressive Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Unforgettable Soweto
3:42 $0.99
2. Bantu Serenade
3:25 $0.99
3. Nico Selection
5:01 $0.99
4. Moto Bamena
4:05 $0.99
5. Te Revoir
4:27 $0.99
6. Mbidambani Feeling
4:02 $0.99
7. Ozila'n Groove
4:47 $0.99
8. Tara
6:00 $0.99
9. Sarah
4:18 $0.99
10. My Latin Feeling
5:40 $0.99
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Album Notes

“Every year Africa celebrates the African child's day on june 16th, in memory of children who tragically died during the 1976 Soweto massacre. That day is intended to celebrate and to keep in mind that our children are the most precious treasure Africa possesses” Jay Lou Ava.

Jay Lou Ava
Born in Cameroon, West Africa, Israël Jean-Louis Ava first emerged with a spiritual, gospel-influenced sound that was partially inspired by his upbringing. His father often wrote religious songs when he was a child, and the presence of an organ in his house led to an early exposure to music. He began to play the organ for his school band and developed chops during his early teens. When his oldest brother, a brilliant jazz guitarist, turned him onto Duke Ellington and Wes Montgomery, he understood what he wanted to do with his life for the first time. He began jamming with local jazz musicians, picking up the guitar along the way and becoming quite the virtuoso. He began starting bands and traveling across the continent.. To fulfill his father's requirement, he graduated as a Computer Science Engineer in France before starting his ongoing musical career.
Composer-arranger, collaborating most notably with Donny Elwood in the 90's, playing with the legendary Manu Dibango he also began releasing his own material, starting with 1997's Prelude. Since then, his independent albums have included 1997's "Prelude", 1998's “Remember J.L. Ava Ava” African gospel album, 2002's “Spellings”, 2006's "Ebotan" and now “Unforgettable Soweto”.

Even though Jay Lou Ava’s anti-demonstrative playing focuses on the melody and harmonies, his style, very mixed, is a soft fusion between smooth jazz and African melodies, a music genre with no bounds that he calls himself “Progressive Afro Jazz” ( PAJ ), the music of contemporary Africa.
“Unforgettable Soweto” offers a variety of explored themes that form a kaleidoscope in which Jay Lou’s musical roots are genuinely expressed. This album breaks away from the tradition of rythmic African music, and enrols in more lyric creations thus being in harmony with the artist’s description of himself : “I am not an African musician, it is too reductive; I am a musician…who happens to be from Africa



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diane ekeme

the best
ce magnifique album, et cette artiste me font fondre le coeur! ces rythmes sont riches enenémtions, c'est un mélange étonnant et enrichissant qui propulse nos ressources musicales encor vers le haut! J'en redemande!! jay...pur moments de bonnheur.

Gil Benson

Awesome music!
Jay Lou Ava's album is a ride in the heart of good music, the kind we expect from a contemporary African artist.

Buster T.

Great !!!!
So much musical talent is out there in this world! How many music lovers are going to miss out on hearing Jay Lou Ava?? This is great.

zaza ekeme mbome

Jazz's oracle
No more comments than:

"simply an appeal to testify in GOD's marvels!"

go ahead, I'm listening!!!!!!!

Gil Benson

Awesome music!
The kind of music we expect from a contemporary African artist: mature, smooth, harmonious and delicately mixed. well done !

Mr T

Just absolutely amazing. This is what is called Music....


Congratulations on GrIndie Award
RadioIndy is proud to present Jay Lou Ava a GrIndie Award for their CD "Unforgettable Soweto." A GrIndie Award is RadioIndy's stamp of approval that this CD is an excellent quality CD. Please join us in congratulating this artist on this accomplishment.

Diane and The RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team

Outstanding collection of smooth and silky jazz songs
Releasing his latest album “Unforgettable Soweto,” artist Jay Lou Ava gives the listener an outstanding collection of his latest compositions. Cleverly blending the musical techniques of jazz and African-based music, this album delivers an assortment of diversity. The guitar on “Te Revoir” is exquisitely fused with emotional spirit, with nice layering of instruments and percussion. One album highlight is the song “Tara,” where the female vocals are smooth and silky with a nice bounce to the springy beat. In a change of genre, “My Latin Feeling” has a Latin-based piano melody with solid support on the guitar. “Unforgettable Soweto” is a delectable mixture of jazz merged together with African rhythms and is one jazz album well worth hearing.