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レーベル
SOUL JAZZ
国(Country)
UK
フォーマット
LP(レコード)
規格番号
SJRLP412
通販番号
XATW-00146105
発売日
2018年07月11日
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5026328004129
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■ limited-edition heavyweight vinyl edition +free download code

SOUL JAZZ RECORDSの新作は、なんと 「FUJI」 の新録です! STUDIO ONEのレゲエや、UKのニューウェイブ、USのスピリチュアル・ジャズなど重要なコンピレーションを多くリリースしてきた名門SOUL JAZZがわざわざラゴスに赴きフジを録音する...そんな時代が来るとは思いませんでした! ナイジェリアのイスラム系ヨルバ人が演奏するストリート・ミュージックのフジは、かつてワールド・ミュージック・ブームの時分にここ日本でも紹介され、大きな話題となりました。が、現在ではナイジェリア現地でCDがリリースされているのみで、インターナショナル流通はほぼ皆無という状況だっただけに、これは画期的と言えるでしょう! レーベルのインフォを見ると、現在ではナイジェリアの若い人にとっても、フジはイスラムの伝統に基づきつつも常に革新を怠らない魅力的な音楽なのだとか。現地ラゴスの一流フジ演奏家を集めたという今回のレコーディング・メンバーに 「NIGERIA FUJI MACHINE - SYNCHRO SOUND SYSTEM & POWER」 なんて名づけるセンスも、そんな現地の勢いと「フジのマナー」をよく理解していてイイじゃあないですか。一方で1曲15分20分が当たり前のところ、DJユースにも対応させ7分程度で収めるというバランスの取れたディレクションもあり。今年の夏の現場はこれで決まりです! !

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V.A. / SYNCHRO SOUND SYSTEM & POWER

‘Synchro Sound System & Power’ features the music of Nigeria Fuji Machine, which includes some of Nigeria's finest ‘Fuji’ master drummers and singers, and is newly recorded by Soul Jazz Records in Lagos.

Fuji is the heavily percussive and improvisational style of Nigerian popular music, at once modern and yet deeply rooted in the traditional Islamic Yoruba culture of Nigeria.

Here on this album Nigeria Fuji Machine’s striking and powerful lead vocalist Taofik Yemi Fagbenro soars above a wild and energetic backdrop of polyrhythms played on traditional talking drums, trap drums, electronic and street percussion to create a powerful wall of intense sound.

Fuji is hi-energy street music, heavily percussive which evolved out of the Islamic celebration of Ramadan, which became a major event in mid-20th century Lagos. Groups of young men walked through Muslim neighbourhoods at night singing improvised ‘wéré’ music to the accompaniment of pots, pans, drums, bells and anything else available, waking believers for the early morning prayer. By the early 1970s this music had crossed-over into popular Nigerian culture where it came to be known as Fuji, first made popular by the artist Alhaji Sikiru Ayinde Barrister, as the music began to be performed commonly at parties and social events.

In the 1970s and 1980s three Nigerian artists – King Sunny Adé, Chief Ebonezer Obey and Fela Kuti – all secured international major record deals bringing popularity to the Nigerian musical styles of Juju (Adé and Obey) and Afro-Beat (Fela Kuti’s unique mixture of highlife, funk and jazz) abroad, but in the process ignoring much of Nigeria’s rich musical landscape. Fuji is, alongside Highlife, Juju, Afro-Beat, Sakara, Afro-Reggae, Waka, Igbo rap, Apala and numerous others – one of these central styles of Nigerian music.

The singer Barrister described the music as follows: ‘Fuji music is a combination of music consisting of Sakara, Apala, Juju, Aro, Afro, Gudugudu, and possibly Highlife.’ Juju performer King Sunny Adé described the difference between the two styles of Fuji and Juju somewhat competitively thus: ‘Fuji music is more or less like my music without guitars. It’s like I’m singing in a major key and they are singing in a minor. The music itself is the music of Juju music.’

Today Fuji remains a powerful popular music with deep and powerful Islamic roots which continues to modernise and attract new generations of young Nigerians and Nigeria Fuji Machine’s ‘Syncho Sound System & Power’ is a powerful and intense musical experience.

This album is released as a limited-edition heavyweight vinyl edition (+free download code), deluxe CD and digital format.

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