Kreoli come from the Jyvaskyla region of central Finland. The core group is Tapani Vaahervaara (bass, keyboards, percussion, etc) and Timo Ostman (electric and acoustic guitars, lap steel, percussion) with a rotating cast of musicians adding drums, lute/ud, mandolin, fiddle, lots more percussion and some vocals. A truly hard-to-place recording, this Finnish ensemble opens with a Suomized version of Oliver Mtukudzi's "Neria" and it roams the globe from there, with touches of Zimbabwean pop, Finnish folk, cool jazz, weird slidey-guitary bursts of instrumental melodiousness, Arabic jams and a female lead singer who is just splendid! They are comparable to no one and everyone... a precise, complex, multi-layered mix of mystic music.
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"To call this 'world music' would be an understatement – there are strands of influence from several genres, in no small way due to Ostman's affinity with African and Celtic traditions... A quirky but rather dark Finnish Polska is given Zimbabwean treatment to give birth to something truly inspirational... Kreoli employ the use of space a great deal – nothing is overly instrumented and, as the band members themselves reveal, this is a very "roomy" soundscape, quite clutter-free. There is a lot on this album, but the bottom line is, it works, and it's a strong debut. Musical creolisation in the widest sense." - Jennifer Byrne, RootsWorld
"Promisingly inventive debut from Finnish duo of Timo Ostman and Tapani Vaahervaara..." fRoots
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