Afrissippi : Alliance

afrissippi_alliance.jpgThe follow up to Afrissippi’s critically successful debut, Fulani Journey, Alliance furthers the magical coming together of the two worlds of Mississippi hill country blues and Kumba’s tribal folk music from Senegal, West Africa.

The daunting task of bringing the two together was diligently completed by producer Jimbo Mathus, guitarist Eric Deaton and bassist Justin Showah. How does it all sound? Extraordinary, in a word, as the driving pulse of the beat inherent to "Singha" is enough to snap one’s head back into grooving ecstasy. "Guelel Kumba" takes the listener on an autobiographical journey back to the author’s roots, while the call and response of "Leeliyo Leele" is addictively entrancing.

Alliance’s crowning achievement lies in Kumba, Showah and Deaton’s unencumbered and playful approach to creation on "Debbo Ngoodu." It raises Alliance up into unpredictable country and blues territory, full of improvised rhythms and the feverish, sweating chanting that explodes colorfully out of African American percussive dreams.

Once again, the team of Kumba, Showah and Deaton strike gold in one day of recording at Mathus’ Delta Recording Service in Como, Mississippi; an intercontinental "bluesprint" for the ages.     

Alliance is out now on Hill Country Records.