Monday, 28 May 2018

Magic Drum Orchestra ‎– In The Studio (2011)

Style: Genre: Jazz, Latin, Samba
Format: CD
Label: Lion Head Recordings ‎– LHCD011

1.   Raggasamba
2.   Serengeti
3.   Dynamic Africana
4.   Smelebele
5   Sofa / Gidamba
6.   Mozambique
7.   Drop It (Like A Funky Muppet)
8.   Tumbaiao

Producer – Glyn Bush, Ralph Cree

The Magic Drum Orchestra began life over five years ago as a Brazilian-style bateria or street-percussion band led by Glyn Bush (Biggabush / Lightning Head) and Ralph Cree (, inspired by the carnival music of Rio, Salvadore and Pernambuco. Since then the group has gone through many changes of line up and has now settled on a steady membership of 12 people which has been together since 2007. The musical style has evolved during that time from strict samba and batucada rhythms to incorporate elements of afrobeat, traditional african and cuban rhythms, funk, hip hop and ragga beats. Every performance by the MDO is different, as the leaders use pre-set signals and cues to trigger different breaks, solos and arrangements from the other percussionists - also including elements of improvisation and freestyling - which are integrated with tightly-rehearsed grooves. A highlight of the band's live set is a medley of Snoop Dogg's Drop It Like It's Hot mixed with the theme from the Muppet Show and elements of James Brown's Funky Drummer. Other pieces are based on 70s afrobeat favourites such as Dr Victor Olaiya and Dynamic Africana from Strut's recent Nigeria 70 album as well as funk stalwarts the Whitefield Brothers. All are performed with verve and exuberance by the band on drums, percussion, shakers and bells at street parties, club venues and festivals. The Magic Drum Orchestra has been a regular fixture at the UK's Big Chill for the last three years and have proved hugely popular with every appearance.

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