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After his acclaimed debut « Cotonou » on Alma Negra’s record label, James Stewart comes back with his new EP « Atlantic River Drive » for Mawimbi Records, featuring two collaborations with Ghanaian kologo musician Ayuune Sule as well as two remixes from Simbad aka SMBD.

James Stewart met Ghanaian kologo musician Ayuune Sule, after booking several shows of kologo music star King Ayisoba in Lyon. Stewart was quick to witness the bluesy tone of Ayuune’s voice and his kindness as a musician, despite his impressive stature. Quite logically, Stewart invited Sule to record vocals on two of his ongoing demos at Bruno Patchworks’ recording studio (Voilaaa, Mr. President, Da Break), with the idea of making a rather unheard crossover between traditional kologo music and contemporary styles that would both appeal to Ghanaian crowds and a Western audience. Stewart then had a number of his arrangement ideas re-recorded by a talented cast of musicians (see list of credits), resulting in a brilliant mix of acoustic and electronic textures, sounding both vintage and modern.

Nodding to Eddie Palmieri’s landmark record “Harlem River Drive”, “Atlantic River Drive” is a stomping dancefloor track, drawing from the 6/8 feel of kologo music and the energy of contemporary club music. The track can be read as a tribute to the musical cross-pollinations between the African continent and its many diasporas, which Stewart has dedicated a long part of his life to, while also a more intimate story about his life and family. All words were written by Stewart and then translated by Sule in his native Fra fra language from Northern Ghana.

“Where Are You Going?” is a two-part journey that reminds us that we should care about each other, about our communities while we don’t know what the future is made of. An important and much welcome message to navigate through these troubled, uncertain times. Referencing N’dombolo music, the track has two parts and rich arrangements, with its first part going deep with syncopated clarinet hooks and playful percussion parts, and its second part moving to a four-on-the-floor pattern and an entrancing baritone saxophone solo.

The EP also features Worldwide FM and Brownswood maestro Simbad, who delivers two dancefloor-ready reworks of the track “Where Are We Going?” under his SMBD moniker, turning it into a spiritual, dubby journey, as well as an emotional peaktime track.

James Stewart est l’hôte, DJ résident et co-promoteur de la soirée mensuelle “Black Atlantic Club” au Sucre à Lyon. Empruntant le terme «Atlantique noir» du livre de 1993 du savant renommé Paul Gilroy, Stewart présente la «musique noire» comme un échange culturel transnational incroyablement diversifié. Conférencier avide sur le sujet et fondateur du Blog Afrosouldescarga, il fusionne une approche intellectuelle avec le côté musical et créatif des choses: en tant que joueur de conga et percussionniste actif, membre de Voilaaa Sound System et showhost à Radio Nova.

Voix , Kologo : Ayuune Sulley
Guitare : Francis Larue
Basse : Etienne Kermarc
Choeurs : Margot Delat
clavier, bongos, percussions, drums : James Stewart
Mix : Nicolas Taite
Auteurs : James Stewart/Ayuune Sulley
Compositeur : James Stewart
Maquettes : Mikael Touanen
Prise de voix : Bruno « Patchworks » Hovart
Production: James Stewart

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Diffusé et enregistré le 08/092020.
Broadcasted and recorded on 08/09/2020.

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