Rokoto Make Me Dance-Dance
British based Tee-Jay' s brand of Sierra-Leonian dance music is sparkling, vibrant and played with virtuosity and high-spirits. His guitar style is a personal mix of highlife, soukous with hints of a dozen other styles. Tee-Jay doesn't play a genre, he plays his own music, fashion-be-damned. With his band Rokoto he has made three albums to date, from which these 12 tracks were culled for this non-stop guitar-pop CD.
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The record label says:
A dozen tracks from the three albums so far by Abdul Tee-Jay's Rokoto: a selection of upbeat Sierra-Leonian dance music, led by the long-reigning king of modern African guitar in the UK. In the sleeve notes to Abdul's 1992 second album Fire Dombolo, BBC DJ Charlie Gillett wrote: "... Rokoto's first album Kanka Kuru was probably the best record made by a British-based African artist since Osibisa's debut in 1971. Belatedly, Britain discovered the virtuoso in its midst. Refreshingly oblivious to all the fashions which flash across the skies of British pop music, this is a record which is likely to sound as good in the future as it does today." A decade (and a third album E'go Lef Pan You) later, Charlie is proved absolutely right. So here's a blazing set of exuberant West African classics, all still 100% guaranteed to set any party, club or dance floor alight, and ripe for rediscovery. And needless to say, in the established tradition of our releases it's a maxi-length CD (over 73 minutes) with full sleeve notes
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