Aug 3, 2012
From Japan: Kingdom Afrocks - SanSanNaNa (The 2nd album)
Kingdom★Afrocks' debut studio album, Fanfare, was one of the highlights of 2011, and, together with JariBu Afrobeat Arkestra, they are one of the top afrobeat-influenced acts in Japan. One year on from that acclaimed album, the band are back with their second release, SanSanNaNa, offering eight original new tracks.
The opening track, P.E.O.P.L.E., is a delicious slow-burning afrobeat number led by a great rolling bassline and some exquisite Rhodes keys. With its understated power and infectious groove, this is a track that has staying power and stands out as a classic within the band's repertoire.
Things step a gear or two with No Son Tuyas (Not Yours), sung in Spanish by IZPON, seemingly a comment on the economic state of the world. Clavinet and some meaty horns then launch the title track, SanSanNaNa, an infectious uplifting tune, with a singalong refrain. The dance rhythms continue with the deep afrofunk of Conexao, the quirky instrumental BonBonBon, and the guest-laden lead single 2vs98 ~ Loud Minority ~.
Fanfare was always going to be a difficult album to follow, but with SanSanNaNa, Kingdom★Afrocks have pulled it off, going deeper with their blend of afrobeat and global grooves. Not to be missed.
02. No Son Tuyas (Not Yours)
04. fire fire(interlude)
07. 2 vs 98 -Loud Minority!
08. jinja jinja (outro)
Labels: Kingdom Afrocks