Fo­foulah ★★★


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An­glo-Gam­bian Afro-dub ex­per­i­men­tal­ists ven­ture fur­ther on out.

Time was when so-called world mu­sic yielded a thrilling ex­pe­ri­ence of oth­er­ness, but now Western pop has ab­sorbed so many flavours of Africa, Latin Amer­ica and the Caribbean, that shock of the new is more elu­sive. Fo­foulah, though, are prop­erly out­landish, tele­port­ing the lis­tener to some West African me­trop­o­lis a hun­dred years in the fu­ture. Formed in Lon­don by Gam­bian sabar drum­mer Kaw Secka and British keysman/ sax­o­phon­ist Tom Chal­lenger, the col­lec­tive’s in­stru­men­talonly re­mit ex­panded in 2014 when Secka be­gan im­provrap­ping on-stage. The stut­ter­ing foun­da­tion beats for Daega Rek were cre­ated by Dave Smith, drum­mer with Robert Plant’s Sen­sa­tional Space Shifters, of­ten evok­ing a pan-African junglist mu­ta­tion (Seye; Che­bou Jane), while Chal­lenger’s avan­tquest­ing synths (Pulo; Njite) add cos­mic per­plex­ity. With rhymes on Gren­fell (Kaddy) and the truth (ti­tle track), this one’s fierce on ev­ery level.

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