«… These Afrobeat music lovers have just released Permanent War, paying a flaming tribute to their favourite style. The album came courtesy of a crowdfunding campaign, was analogically recorded, and is available on vinyle… It’s a bit like the Daptone class a la French… Prepare yourselves for a vibrant, committed UHT (Ultra High Temperature) set. »
« … Halfway between Voodoo sorcery and a dance floor revel, embracing Cajuns, Houma and Yoruba people, these unique sounds deftly match the graceful excitement conveyed by this stylish « Permanent War ». Its alluring rhythms are a call to shake and move, and invite each and everyone to board the train of collective action … »
Here is what you get: frantic percussions, powerful trumpeting horns, and the shaman’s incantations, his body snaking up and down. And there is what you are urged to figure out: the villagers’ dancing, with their faces painted, the bewitching heat, the growling tigers. This outfit comes wrapped into a spirited, political album vocalized by a conquering wizard and indulged by a tribe of musicians, all together setting a link from Nigeria to Louisiana.
The consistency in Sir Jean & NMB Afrobeat Experience’s tone results in sheer power and authenticity, blatantly following the tradition of Nigeria’s Afrobeat Bands.
Friday night at the Marché Gare. The house is crammed with feverish, enthusiastic fans. On stage, Sir Jean & NMB Afrobeat Experience have been igniting the place step by step, relentlessly bringing the pressure up to its climax. Before the encore pays tribute to the Black President, a man in the crowd exclaims: « Oh no, not Obama again ! ». Yet it’s clearly Fela Kuti we’re talking about here – his haunting shadow has drifted over this gargantuan night. A must-see show.
Give the Afrobeat Experience a shot and get propelled deep into the heart of a Dixieland New Orleans Brass Band.
The steadiness in Democrazy is unbelievable… In one word : fat satisfaction.
I must confess the first listening left me restless, overpowered by the urgency of dancing, and that’s also what Afrobeat is about : inviting your body to dance !