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Safari Boots

by Safari Boots

A little soukous, a little rumba, some reggae, some Latin: original songs in world music styles.
Genre: World: World Fusion
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Fine Life
4:49 $0.99
2. Kiss Me Once More
4:22 $0.99
3. You Want to Talk
5:20 $0.99
4. Merchant Bankers
5:40 $0.99
5. Freetown Bus
8:08 $0.99
6. Don't Worry About Love
6:00 $0.99
7. People
5:53 $0.99
8. Travelling Light
8:59 $0.99
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Album Notes
From England to the USA by way of Africa, Safari Boots play a unique form of world music. Blending world beats into their mainly original tunes, they create a joyous Afro-Euro fusion: Congolese soukous and rumba, Zimbabwean jit, along with a touch of reggae and a hint of Latin.

John Howarth (vocals, guitar and songwriter) has travelled to some of the most obscure corners of the globe, and found musical inspiration on the way. First encountering African music through the blown-out sound system of a bus in Freetown, Sierra Leone, before the arrival of Paul Simon’s Graceland, he started to explore the unfamiliar sounds of that continent. This led to investigating music from other parts of the world, and eventually, some time later, to the formation of Safari Boots. The band originated in the UK, and now has a parallel existence in the USA as well.

A couple of songs on this debut album, ‘Fine Life’ and ‘Merchant Bankers’, were inspired by the financial situation we all find ourselves in, and are set to Southern African rhythms. ‘Freetown Bus’ tells the story of encountering African music for the first time and uses a soukous rhythm. There are a couple of reggae tunes, and a Latin song about the perils of falling in love with a woman you can’t afford. ‘People’ is a plea to understand and tolerate each other, and not build walls to divide ourselves.



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Alan Olmstead

An infectious mixture of african inspired rhythms and melodies...
An infectious mixture of african inspired rhythms and melodies... Safari Boots reflects a lifelong passion by founding guitarist, singer and songwriter John Howarth for the happy sounds of the african continent. Each track will work its way into your head and heart with both a danceable beat and clever lyrics depicting a range of human foibles and timeless political commentary. Highly recommended!..