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Time is A Gift Which We Share All The Time

by Afriquoi

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Acid Attack 05:00
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Ndeko Solo 04:23
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Bayeke 04:19
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Sam Sam 05:18
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Afriquoi are back with their ‘Time is a Gift Which We Share All the Time’ EP. Taken from a line from the track ‘Ndeko Solo’, the title is a reminder of the blessedness of being alive and the intimate connection of all things.

This is the first EVER Afriquoi release where the whole band has gone into the studio to record a full live-band sound, playing together at Octagon Studios, putting down songs that were written collaboratively and honed over years on live stages. It was recorded with the assistance of Tom Excell (Nubiyan Twist, Onipa) to help capture the right live sound.

More than any of Afriquoi’s previous releases, this EP allows each member’s individual sound and talent to shine:  Jally Kebba Susso’s exquisite kora playing, Fiston Lusambo’s intricate Congolese guitar, uplifting vocals from Andre Espeut, crisp percussion from André Marmot, tasteful chords from Nico Bentley and beats from Oli Cole.

Guitarist Fiston Lusambo explains: “we wanted to create a style of music which does not exist yet by combining Congolese guitar, Gambian kora, African Djembe and mixing them with European music… this EP is a result of our work where each of us has put his talent in it, we think we have now something which is what we wanted”.

Parisian label Mawimbi are the perfect match for the band, having established themselves as champions of afro-tinged electronic music , through their long-running nights in Paris, their DJ sets, their label releases and their own productions and remixes for the likes of Oumou Sangaré, Femi Kuti, Cerrone & more.

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released June 19, 2020

Artwork by Derrick Ofusu Boateng
Sleeve design by Bertrand Cerruti

Written by:
Jally Kebba Suso; Ngoy Lusambo; Andre Espeut; André Marmot; Oliver Cole; Nico Bentley

Engineered by Tom Excell at Octagon Studios.
Mastered by Andy ‘Hippy’ Baldwin at Metropolis Studios, except "Ndeko Solo (Voilaaa Remix)" mastered by Cem Oral at Jammin Masters, Berlin.

Performers:
Jally Kebba Susso: Kora, tama, vox
André Espeut: vox
Fiston Lusambo: guitar
André Marmot: percussion
Nico Bentley: keys, bass
Oli Cole: programming
Nicola Simpson: backing vocals

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Afriquoi UK

Live African Dance Music from London, UK, combining African styles and musicians with contemporary UK electronic music.

With a combination of live kora from Jallykebba Susso, guitar from ‘Papa’ Fiston Lusambo, percussion, vocals, synths and electronics, Afriquoi draw on a range of African styles fused with futuristic UK dance music drawing on house, dubstep, soca, garage and glitch.
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