Bob Hill Illicit Grooves
Excellent version of Jingo and the brilliant title track Wono have already found their way onto the playlists for The Illicit Grooves Radio Show. The pre-order track Suolo is already earmarked to join the previous two tracks in the Illicit Grooves broadcasts and DJ sets. Great stuff, a real quality and groove going on here.
Following a successful EP in 2019, featuring remixes from Osunlade & Pocz, Olindo Records are proud to present “Wono”, the debut collaborative album from Koichi Sakai & Afla Sackey. The album is a deep exploration of Koichi's love of both electronic and West African music, in close collaboration with Ghana-born master percussionist, singer, band leader, teacher and songwriter, Afla Sackey.
The album features 7 tracks ranging from the meditative Yamb, which features master Kora player Kadialy Kouyate, to the acid infused, slow house workout of Niege. Passing through a contemporary Highlife take on Suolo and a shorter version of the previously released Jingo.
The vinyl edition is mastered and cut by Frank Merritt at The Carvery to ensure optimal dancefloor vibes.
"Wono" means "It's Ours" in Ga. As in that which you desire, will be yours in time, even if you do not possess it now. So don’t rush brother, patience is a virtue.
released March 13, 2020
Afla Sackey - Djembe, Congas, Ngome, Shekere, Clave, Atenteben on T1&7, Balafon on T1, Marimbula on T2, Ngoni on T7, Vocal & backing vocal on T2,6 &7
Koichi Sakai - OB6, DX7, Microkorg, Moog Mother32, Doepfer Darktime, TR626, Evans Tape Echo, Clave on T2, Bass on T3, Vocoder on T6
Juba Wetzler - Drums on T1,2 & 7
Kadialy Kouyate - Kora on T3
Mao Yamada - Guitar on T6 & 7
Dele Sosimi - Backing vocal on T1
Adjay - Kpanlogo on T5
Afla & Sister Nana - Voice on T5
Drums, percussions and Kora are recorded by Davide Salvietti at Hicaz Studio
Kpanlogo and voice on T5 are recorded by Koichi Sakai & Volta45 at Golden Stool Project Studio in Accra, Ghana
All other instruments and vocals are recorded by Koichi Sakai at Ghetto Lounge Studio in Dalston, Hackney
Mixed by Shinjiro Ikeda except T3,4 & 7 are mixed by Koichi Sakai