Afro Groove (MPAGCD003, 2011)
Polish guitarist, bassist and vocalist Magda Piskorczyk (pronounced peas-KOR-chick) has released a double album that celebrates the various types of music with African roots that have had a deep effect in her musical career. Afro Groove, her fourth album, ventures into the areas of African-American roots, such as blues, soul, funk, and jazz, as well as the rhythms and melodies of West Africa.
Magda sings primarily in English, although some pieces include vocals in Tamashek, Bambara and Polish. Her band includes Aleksandra Siemieniuk on dobro and electric guitar, Marcin Jahr on drums, and Adam Rozenman on percussion. Afro Groove also includes her American friend and special guest, Billy Gibson, on vocals and harmonica. Billy Gibson and Magda Piskorczyk met for the first time during Magda’s visit to Memphis (Tennessee). In the Summer of 2010 they gave 22 concerts in one month throughout Poland, Germany and the Czech Republic.
Disc 1 contains live performances from the 2010 tour. The first part are spirited harmonica-fueled blues pieces, while the latter part contains sizzling West African-inspired material. Disc 2 features three more bluesy bonus songs.
Afro Groove is an impressive introduction to the music of Magda Piskorczyk, one of the finest young blues performers in Europe.