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    Jembaa Groove & Oluma

    Bild: Jannis Keil

    Bild: Immanuel Claashen

    Seit ihrem Debütalbum "Susuma" erhalten Jembaa Groove massive Unterstützung von Medien wie KEXP, BBC6 Music, KCRW, Worldwide FM, FIP, RFI, Selection, WDR Cosmo und zahlreichen Sendern auf der ganzen Welt und schlagen mit ihrem hybriden Highlife-meets-US-Soul & Jazz-Sound Wellen. Die in Berlin ansässige Afro-Jazz-Gruppe wurde 2020 von Produzent und Bassist Yannick Nolting und der ghanaischen Percussion-Legende und Sänger Eric Owusu gegründet. Inspiriert von den jazzigen und souligen Klängen der aufstrebenden Berliner Underground-Musikszene sowie klassischen und neuen Sounds aus Ghana und seiner Diaspora, liefert die 7-köpfige Band eine zeitgenössische Interpretation von Highlife, Jazz und Afrobeats. In den letzten zwei Jahren spielten Jembaa Groove auf einigen der besten Bühnen Europas, einschließlich einer überwältigenden UK-Tournee nach einer Einladung zu einer BBC6 Music Live Session in den Maida Vale Studios mit Cerys Matthews, und traten auch beim ESNS 2023 und SWSW 2023 auf, was zu einer Reihe von aufregenden Neuigkeiten für die Zukunft führte.

    Im Frühjahr 2024 ist die neue Singel erscheinen, auf dem unter anderem Gyedu-Blay Ambolley und K.O.G zu hören sein werden.

    Debut single Dabia released 31st Jan
    Rich in ancestral flows from Accra, to Berlin and London, powered by
    deep, conga led rhythms and seductive warm horn riffs come Jembaa
    Groove, whose new album Ye Ankasa | We Ourselves and newly rendered
    sound, reminds us that jazz, in its contemporary, soulful form is not just a London ‘ting’.
    Highlife is Ghana’s colourful national tradition and is at the heart
    of Berlin based, Jembaa Groove’s groove. And this newly crafted
    follow-up to their debut album from 2022, goes even further in
    provoking new perceptions of jazz and soul music, helped by young and
    senior blood from Ghana and its diaspora.
    Vocal masterclasses come via Sheffield based K.O.G and original
    veteran of the 70’s and 80’s highlife scene Gyedu Blay Ambolley. And
    like previous outing, Ghanaian Eric Owusu, co-founder of Jembaa
    Groove alongside producer Yannick Nolting, leads the line,
    singing in Twi, Ga and Pidgin English.
    Yet this is not a breakout moment. For the last 2 years Jembaa Groove
    have been burning brightly, entertaining discerning dancefloors
    worldwide. They continue to ratchet up a solid and loyal fanbase
    buoyed by breakout performances on BBC 6 Music, at SXSW (USA), ESNS
    and Supersonic Jazz Festival (Netherlands). And now looking through
    the keyhole of 2024, with live headline and album launching dates in
    April confirmed in London, Paris, Madrid and Berlin and an exciting
    touring schedule ahead, the future of contemporary, soulfully touched
    and highlife inspired Afro-Jazz is in motion and spreading like gospel.
    Unlike their previous, London based multi-instrumentalist and
    producer Kwame Yeboah (Kwashibu Area Band) provides much inspiration
    and features on all but two tracks which sees him reviving a
    masterful partnership with Eric – the pair grew up in Accra together,
    honing a specific style of highlife called Sikyi highlife popularised
    in Ghana during the 1970s. Eric & Kwame both recorded and performed
    in the Kwashibu Area Band, and with legends like Pat Thomas, Ebo
    Taylor and the much-revered and never-forgotten drummer Tony Allen.
    The other musicians from Jembaa Groove hail from different corners of
    the planet, a mix of African, European and Latin American with new
    recruit Daniel Allen Oberto (Aloe Blacc and Tony Allen), from Cuba,
    on trumpet. This internationalism that filters through Ghana via
    London and Berlin moulds their sound, which if asked to categorise
    Yannick calls “a contemporary take on highlife, jazz and soul”. Their
    evolution, their creative distinction he relates to “their eyes and
    ears being open to everything happening around them…we listen to a lot
    of music, past and present”. And it’s clear the band have a soft spot
    for USA derived retro-aesthetics, as found on recent soul productions
    on labels like Daptone Records and Big Crown Records both of which
    have had a significant impact on sonic decisions and how the record was produced.
    The bulk of the album was conceived and recorded in Berlin - all
    tracks except Sweet My Ear, which was recorded in Ghana. Yannick
    points out, “It was about going back to the source and catching the
    original vibe to help us inform what Jembaa Groove are renewing and
    reframing”. It features the inimitable vocals and harmonies of K.O.G,
    a Ghanaian singer based out of Sheffield in the UK, and rolls along a
    seriously phat groove with a typically and dazzling horn section.
    Indeed, the band’s evolution has seen them grow their brass section
    giving the sound an even greater uplift, a wall-of-brass that still
    retains a mellow vibe throughout this new chapter.
    Powered by celestial guitars and sublime vocal lines, the album’s
    opener Dabia which translates to ‘hustle’ comes with a message about
    how we have to work hard to get where we want to go and that things
    don’t come too easy. Master highlife and jazz practitioner Gyedu-Blay
    Anbolley provides lead vocals on Agya, a life affirming salute to the
    fathers of the world, which lends to a classic Jembaa Groove wig-out
    with Eric’s vocal harmonies particularly warming. The final official
    single from the album is Makoma, which begins with a solemn
    announcement from Kwame Nkrumah, Ghanaian President and independence
    fighter of the 1960s, denouncing colonialism in Africa - an important
    topic and part of the band’s DNA. Combining with the sweet guitars of
    co-creator Kwame Yeboah, is Daniel “El Congo” Allen’s delightful trumpet solo.
    Confidently sidestepping the sometimes ‘difficult second album’,
    Jembaa Groove’s sophomore effort is a Ghanaian stamped, deep &
    soulful take on the jazz genre, on one hand paying respect to their
    roots, while the other is forever reinventing.
    “Jembaa Groove is all about positive vibes. We try to promote
    positivity, togetherness and respect. But also try to remind others as
    well as ourselves that destiny lies in our hands, and that you can't
    take things for granted. If you want something, go for it, but respect
    the people!”
    Yannick & Eric (Jembaa Groove)

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    Jembaa Groove - Sweet my Ear ft. K.O.G (Official Video)