A Dub For Mali (Eighteen Street Lounge Music ESL187, 2011)
This EP by San Francisco-based Afrolicious came out last year and nearly escaped our attention. Afrolicious plays a hot mix of Afrobeat, dub, reggae and funk.
The musician behind Afrolicious is a DJ named Pleasuremaker, also known as Joe McGuire. Afrolicious is McGuire’s first recording involving African music. The project came about as the result of the popular weekly parties that Pleasuremaker and his brother Oz McGuire, featuring musicians from Africa and the Caribbean. Afrolicious is a tribute to the rhythms, sounds and musicians from Africa.
“This release is truly a long time in the making even though we only recently decided to put out original music under the name Afrolicious,” said Pleasuremaker. “This 3 song EP features some of the amazingly talented folks who have helped make Afrolicious the eclectic and off the hook weekly party it has become.”
Pleasuremaker played guitars, bass and keyboards. The album was arranged and mixed by Pleasuremaker and Rob Garza (Thievery Corporation). The opening track, “Thursday Night Kinda Swing” features Baba Duru on percussion and scat vocals and Aaron Lebowitz on saxophone and horn arrangements. “A Dub For Mali” includes ngoni work and vocals by Yacouba Diara, and flute by Izzy Wise. “Foolin” features the vocals and lyrics of Fresh is Life from Trinidad and Will Magid and Aaron Lebowitz on horns. The last piece is a remix of Thievery Corporation’s “Vampires.”
Formerly a radio dj at University of Kansas, Joe McGuire relocated to San Francisco, where he created and cultivated the weekly parties with his brother.
A Dub For Mali is a lively musical casserole with infectious electronics, acoustic instruments and Afro-rooted vibes that will take you to the hottest dance parties in San Francisco.
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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.