Out of Africa
'Out of Africa' is the debut CD from George Panda, a virtuoso drummer who brings drumming from it's often background role to centre-stage. His compositions blend his African heritage (Sierra Leone), with his other loves; latin and jazz. Compositions coming from the perspective of the drummer, give this music a unique and interesting angle not often heard. The drums not only inspired the melody lines, but are also played in a very melodic way, giving a sound reminiscent of the complex polyphony of West African music. This CD is sure to make waves with the fresh originality of the music, and the vibrant performances of the musicians, Serge Ngando-Double Bass (Cameroon), Jonathan Idiagbonya-Piano (Nigeria) and vocalist Nuala Dalton (Ireland). 1. At The Beginning - Mozambique rhythm. Created in 1963 in Cuba by Pello el Afrokan, grandson of Mandingos who reproduced the drumming and rhythm of West Africa on the island. 2. L.A. Vamp - Samba's roots come from the Bahia province in eastern Brazil. In the early 1800s, the beginnings of samba formulated through a blending of the traditional Bantu music, general label to over 400 ethnic groups in Sub-Sahara Africa, and religious ceremonies brought to Brazil by West African slaves. 3. Unity House - Based on the rumba clave in 5/4. Clave in it's original form is a Spanish word meaning key or code and it's musical usage was developed in western part of Cuba. However, the origins of the rhythm can be traced to Africa, particularly the modern-day music of Ghana, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. 4. Dancing In The Fast Lane - Composed from the Guaguanco rhythm. As with the samba, traditional Bantu music. Usually accompanied by dancers in a flirtatious manner! 5. Freetown To London - Based on the Bembe rhythm. 'Bembe' was brought to Cuba during the slave trade from the Calabar region, Nigeria, where it was the rhythm of the leopard society of the Negbe people. 6. Blama Blues - Based on the blues, born in the southern states of America by African slaves, which has formed the foundation of jazz, just to mention one of many! Here a waltz time signature is employed with a 3 against 4 double time feel on the drums. 7. Lunchtime Jump! - A traditional 12 bar blues, jazz up tempo number! 8. Where Are You? - Based on the rumba clave in 4/4 time with passages of 3 against 4 feel. 9. Back To Front - Derived from the Songo rhythm created in Cuba in the 1960s, based on the traditional drumming and rhythms created on the island by the African on the island. Here a 7/4 time signature is employed. 10. Common Ground - Drawing from one of the many facets of the blues, this time with a 'Funk' feel translating to a rumba clave feel finale. 11. Out Of Africa Part 1 12. Out Of Africa Part 2 13. Out Of Africa Part 3 - A solo drum medley of all the preceeding tracks.