Justin Adams and Juldeh Camara - Soul Science
Winner. Culture Crossing.
BBC Radio 3 Awards for World Music, 2008.
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The Quality Music Project
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Distorted Guitars, African Grooves, and Gritty Spike Fiddles: Justin Adams (Tinariwen producer) and Juldeh Camara Unlock the Science of the Soul
-- All About Jazz
In Gambian singer and multi-instrumentalist Juldeh Camara, guitarist Justin Adams (who also plays in Robert Plant's band) has found an ideal foil for his African blues sound. It kicks off with "Yerro Mama," which sounds like primal rock'n'roll, with Camara's one-string fiddle roaring through a solo like any wild electric guitarist. And that's just the beginning. "Ya Ta Kaaya" tosses a nod to the ancient hambone rhythm that became Bo Diddley's trademark. With the addition of percussion Saleh Dawson Miller and bassist Billy Fuller on some tracks, there's a fiery little band working here. The mix of a Fulani griot -- Camara -- and Western musicians with a love and deep understanding of West African music makes for a charged mix that rocks its socks off while hewing close to Camara's roots. He's the central figure here, even though Adams's name is on the title, and Adams is happy to have him that way, acting as strong support, but also creating this blend that manages to be rooted and forward-looking at the same time. It's a gem of a disc, electrifying and roaring, both musicially and in spirit. Whether it's science or art is up for debate, but it certainly has soul.