Justin Adams & Juldeh Camara – Juju
In Trance (Real World Records, 2011/USA release: 2012)
One of the most talked about collaborations in the world music scene is now available in North America. In Trance is the latest album by British guitarist Justin Adams and Gambian musician Juldeh Camara, who participates as vocalist and with his unique fiddle style. Camara uses the ritti, a single-string West African fiddle with a mesmerizing sound.
As the title of the album indicates, that’s what this project is about. Adams and Camara, along with bassist Billy Fuller and Dave Smith some of the best trance music I’ve heard in recent months. To achieve this, the band mixes vibrant rock with Bo Didley elements, jazz improvisation, psychedelia, rhythms from West Africa and Saharan melodies.
“The whole album evolved in a very fast and spontaneous manner,” says Adams. “We just went into the studio and did five live takes without headphones or overdubbing. We set out to make swing music, dance music, trance music; we got all those things.”
On In Trance, Justin Adams & Juldeh Camara perform an amalgamation of tremendous energy and infectious trance vibes.