An African Soul from the North

Ashley Maher

Flying Over Bridges (Spin Wild, 2007)

Ashley Maher is Canadian, but her musical passion is West African music. The singer-songwriter combines jazzy English vocals with Afropop instrumentation and arrangements. Her multi-ethnic band, based in the Los Angeles area, includes African, Latin and American musicians.

This is Maher’s fourth album and was produced by Cameroonian producer and bassist Andre Manga. "The title is a theme running through the record: bridges, transition, migration, the marriage of opposites, and, ultimately, transcending The Bridge itself," says Ashley Maher.

Maher’s vocal style is influenced by Joni Mitchell. However, the African beats, the funky bass and electric guitars take the music a step further, making it more appealing to world music audiences.


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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 and 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.