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Seven Degrees North Import

3.9 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews

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King Sunny Ade has been a major force in World Beat since his American debut in the early 1970s. The re-issue of SEVEN DEGREES NORTH is out in time for all the summer festivals. It taps into the expanding popularity of the genre and answers the demand for the highest level of world beat music to be present and sustained in the marketplace. Sunnys exhilarating approach to juju music appeals to both the Afro-Beat and World Music audiences. The Nigerian Kings signature poly-rhythms, crisp guitars and life-affirming vocals are highlighted on this set of 10 outstanding compositions that are guaranteed to get you on your feet and dancing.

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From the very first notes, the juju music of King Sunny Ade is instantly identifiable. The musicians lock into a groove and don't let it go until the song ends--and given that the tracks on this album give all musicians a chance to stretch out (unlike, say, 1995's E Dide), that can be a while. But it's a pliable, irresistible groove, powered by the percussion and talking drums, which also pop up to punctuate and accent the music, while the Hammond organ and pedal steel guitar take most of the solos with King Sunny himself at the center of things, singing and directing his large band. It's a joyful noise they make, often quite literally, as a number of these pieces are "praise songs," part of the juju tradition ("Congratulations (Happy Birthday)" offers an idea of the praise song in English.) This is his most enjoyable record in a long time, better than the excellent Odu, and if you can resist the urge to dance, check your pulse--you might be dead. --Chris Nickson
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 26, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Mesa Blue Moon
  • ASIN: B00004TKTU
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #274,797 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Finally a recording that is as good as Juju Music. This is high praise from me. I love KSA, see the band whenever they come through town, and own all of his records I can get my hands on. But, for me, the best recording of his to date was Juju Music. This is as good. And, believe me, that is a very high standard. Joyful music with all of the elements of great Juju. Appreciation is my personal favorite song on this record, but song after song, these are beautifully sung and performed tunes. Excellent pedal steel performance, and amazing talking drum work. I wish it didn't end.
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WITH THE RELEASE OF THIS ALBUM KSA IS DEFINITELY IN A CLASS OF HIS OWN IN WORLD MUSIC. MY FAVOURITE TRACK IS APPRECIATION. HOWEVER, ALL THE TRACKS ARE GOOD. THE ALBUM IS MORE MELLOW THAN HIS PREVIOUS CDS, ODU AND GET UP. MY GUESS IS THAT THIS ONE IS CERTAINLY ANOTHER GRAMMY NOMINEE IF NOT EVEN A GRAMMY AWARD. THE TUNES ARE A BLEND OF HIGH LIFE, SAMBA, AND JUJU MUSIC ALL BLENDED TO GIVE LOVELY HARMONIOUS MUSIC FOR LISTENING AND DANCING.
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I would have to say I like this CD, but it is certainly not as good as some of Sunny's previous work. I do listen to this disc often, but I mostly put in on as background music. The songs just don't hold my interest enough. The instrumental hook on the first track is pretty catchy, but after that most of the songs just seem to blend together. The musicianship throughout is quite good. There are great vocal harmonies, and cool Nigerian percussion grooves. I do have to commend the production crew. Sonically everything sounds great. It's recorded and mixed so that you can really hear every nuance, and there's a lot going on so that's an accomplishment. The only real drawback here is just the songs. It's not that they're bad, just not great. I liked Sunny's previous CD, "Odu", a lot better.
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I have loved KSA for 20 years or more and he has and will always be one of my favorite artists. His music always bring back good memories of my younger years. I enjoy his music to the fullest.....!!!!!!!!!
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This CD is a must have! If you like up beat music with a twist of international, this one's for you.
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