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* this post is part of a project called Special for You, my homage to the amazing Soundway compilation “Nigeria Special – Modern Highlife and Afro Sounds 1970-76*
Today’s tune is a super crazy piece called “Amalinja” by The Don Isaac Ezekiel Combination. This band was formed by three ex members of afro beat hero Fela Kuti’s group, and as far as I can see only released three singles but no full record. This was a particularly hard one to try and hear the percussion on, because of it’s super low place in the overall mix, but also because there’s a weird phase effect happening that probably is due to a really old tape master that could be damaged or warped. It gives the original an even more psychedelic vibe that I love though, kind of another layer of counter rhythm over top everything else. Great for listening and enjoying, hard for transcribing or even knowing what instruments are playing at what time. Due to all of this, the percussion blends together to make what feels like one big rolling instrument, and it’s something I’d love to try to get in the future. Didn’t quite find it today but it’s a start.
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