Holy Forest (2015)
The Holy Forest album is a multidimensional musical project envisioned by musician, producer and documentary filmmaker Jon Fine. He brought together musicians from various continents and musical genres to create a fabulous world music mix of West African kora, Afrobeat horns, reggae beats, jazz, classic soul vocals and blues.
The album is conceived as a sequence of songs from the holy forest, a place that we long to return. Fine was inspired by a trip he made to Gambia’s Makasutu forest, a blooming-green area of mangrove swamps. While in Gambia, he connected with kora maestro Tata Din Din Jobarteh.
Throughout several years, Fine recruited friends and colleagues to his recording sessions, including neo-soul singer Ed “Preachermann” Holley, Tata Din Din Jobarteh members of Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra, singer-songwriter Morley Kamen, vocalist Seraphim, Jamaican singer Sparlha Swa, and kora virtuoso Youssoupha Sidibe.
The recording gatherings inspired Fine to put together a live band featuring Ed “Preachermann” Holley and jali (griot) musician Salieu Suso. They’ll be playing for the album release party on October 23rd at The Shrine in Harlem (New York) and at the monthly party “Africanoir” at Cmoneverybody in Brooklyn (New York) on October 25th.
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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.