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.


01. P.E.O.P.L.E
02. No Son Tuyas (Not Yours)
03. SanSanNaNa
04. fire fire(interlude)
06. BonBonBon
07. 2 vs 98 -Loud Minority!
08. jinja jinja (outro)

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