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.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.