Grandmaster Masese: s/t LP (Dagoretti Records, 2021)

February 20, 2022 at 5:29 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Grandmaster Masese: s/t LP

A few years ago, Grandmaster Masese released a single displaying his mastery of the Obokano (a giant eight-stringed lyre from Kenya), recorded right on the street with crowd noise audible. His new album is a studio recording featuring musicians such as Dave Sharp and Mike List, as well as production by Dr. Pete Larson. It comes closer to the psychedelic rock sound of Larson’s Cytotoxic Nyatiti Band, with atmospheric synths and blazing guitars snaking around the buzzing Obokano and complex polyrhythms. The sound is a mixture of cosmic swirling and sharp twanging, with something approaching a refracted Latin jazz style on “Orogena”, and it’s all intoxicating.

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