Can’t You Hear Me?

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - JIM CAR­ROLL


There are many nar­ra­tives in African mu­sic in the 1960s and 1970s and new ones pop up all the time. Can’t You Hear Me? sees French de­signer Christophe Le­maire dig deep for en­er­getic and spir­ited garage rock nuggets from Zam­bia, Nige­ria and Zim­babwe. The 1970s were the years of so­cio-po­lit­i­cal strug­gle and tur­moil in those coun­tries and the mu­sic that was pro­duced and recorded echoes those con­cerns. Paul Ngonzi’s ti­tle track is a case in point, a track that sets out to make a pas­sion­ate stand in the mid­dle of an in­fec­tiously funky groove. Others, too, were sim­i­larly in­spired, with Witch, Chrissy Zebby Tembo ( I’m Not Made of

Iron is one of the com­pi­la­tion high­lights), Wells Fargo, Eye Q and many other un­her­alded acts mak­ing mu­sic that moved head and feet. nowa­gain­

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