Senegambian Jazz Band debut album launch to unlock ‘melting pot’ of sounds and influences
|Since its inception in 2015, The Senegambian Jazz Band’s sound has developed through melding the traditions of west African melodies and rhythms with everything from jazz, Latin and funk to “doof doof”.|
|With six musicians from five countries, TSJB’s debut album is a melting pot of sounds, influences and cultures intricately woven to create a magical sonic experience unlike anything in the Australian music scene.
Recorded at Rolling Stock Recording Rooms in Melbourne and produced by Myles Mumford (Black Jesus Experience, Horns of Leroy), the debut self-titled album has a clean sound that provides space for the polyrhythmic elements of the music.
The album is a high-energy musical journey that takes the listener from traditional West African melodies on the kora, through to modern jazz and funk. Fans can expect to hear all their favourite tunes and the unmistakable TSJB sound that has developed over the past two years during their improve-driven live gigs.
Songs composed by Amadou Suso, sung in his native Mandika, tell stories of love, the band members’ home countries, orphaned children and inspiration found living in a new city.
The band stay true to their goal of creating a new African-jazz genre by bringing eleven original tracks along with a new arrangement of the traditional ‘Kenaken Dalo,’ which has proven to be a favourite with audiences around Australia.
Throughout the album, Amadou Suso’s contemporary mastery of the kora provides a link to the traditions of his forefathers through his modern melodies. His unique vocal tone transports those who hear it to the streets of his home country Gambia.
The melodies and vocals are lifted through Tom Benson’s sax, who has an uncanny ability to provide both vocal harmony and pure jazz improv through his playing. Luke Koszanski constantly surprises with his ability to switch from Congolese melodies to pure rock.
The music challenges the listener through complex rhythms drawn from both coasts of Africa, with elements drawn from the traditions of Senegal, Ghana and Ethiopia.
The Senegambian Jazz Band will be launching their self-titled debut album with a huge weekend of gigs right across Melbourne.
Fri. 25 August 2017
Memo Music Hall, 88 Acland Street. St Kilda, VIC 3182
Sat. 26 August 2017
Boney, 68 Little Collins St, Melbourne
Sun. 27 August 2017
Northcote Social Club, 301 High Street Northcote, VIC 3070