AFRICA AND THE WEST II
2005 Juno Award Winner, Adam Solomon, with African Guitar Summit on CBC Records, and double Winner at Toronto Music Africa Awards 1997 in Canada. Adam Solomon Professor, has been known to his listeners and fans around the world as an Afropop musician since the 80's, performing Afro-Rhumba and Soukous music. In the year 2003, he recorded his second solo album "African Renaissance Blues: Rocket Express II, and 2009 he released GENESIS Rocket Express III" which featuring acoustic blues. Adam has gone deeper in researching his traditional African roots music, playing African blues on acoustic, and electric guitar.
Like Ali Farka Toure from Mali, this East African Maestro of guitar brings out his inner vision and skills unheard in the world of music, mixing the flavour of Africa and the West in his music.
Adam grew up in a musical family in Mombasa, Kenya, in the coastal province. He is originally from the Nine Tribes known as "Mijikenda".
AFRICA AND THE WEST II - 2010 ****
Thanks to God most high for the talent, and much more!
Thanks to TTC, CBC Radio, CKLN Radio, CIUT Radio, Jazz FM, all the DJs local and world wide, and all my music fans ****
AFRICA AND THE WEST II: World and Blues, by Adam Solomon.
(1) Baboti (Parents): 4:18 Message from my parents: I have to take care of my siblings when my parents have passed away, because they’re still too young to fend for themselves. When my parents are gone from this world, they’re gone and there’s no return. Sung in Lingala, a language spoken in Republic of Congo, and Congo Brazzaville.
(2) Tusheherekee (Christmas): 4:45 Sung in Swahili, a language from Kenya and East Africa. Let’s celebrate Chrismas, it’s about The Holy Mother, Mary, and Jesus, the Messiah of God. Let’s celebrate, and have a good time. We have hope in life, and the hereafter.
(3) Babe Show Me You Care: 4:30 Babe give me your love every night, my Babe show me you care every day. Make me feel stronger, let me be your man. Mimi mimi Addy Cool (I am Addy Cool--new nickname). R&B with Soul, the guitar work in this track touches the hearts of many music lovers.
(4) Mola Ajuae: 4:04 God knows all, and we are asking for forgiveness and guidance from God, even in the last days; save us from disasters. Sung in Swahili, a language from Kenya and East Africa.
(5) Wira Wa Lungo: 3:59 African Blues, Mississippi style. The song of “Lungo”, a traditional shaker. I send you with a message to my friend, Kachinga, tell him to meet me at the shops. I am coming from abroad, and I brought him a suit to wear, but I know he’s short in height. I want him to try the suit on and if it doesn’t fit him, then the tailor will alter it for him so that it fits. Sung in Giriama and Duruma, languages spoken by the nine tribes in Kenya Coast.
(6) Soukous Matata: 4:15 This track was meant for dancing with few lyrics, but words of lifting the fans to dance to the music. The lead guitar takes flight with high melodic riffs, while the rhythm guitar and the bass follow closely. The music changes to different keys, and the lead guitarist showcases his facility in playing fast but sweet licks that move the souls of the listeners.
(7) The Farmers Blues: 6:41 I’ll go to my farm and be on guard, the mangoes are ripening, and the corn is ready in the field. This is a good time for harvest, but also the worst time because of the monkeys, who come and destroy our crops. But I am here, on one side is the mango tree, and on the other side is the corn field. It’s impossible to guard the two crops at once; if I go on the other side the monkeys come to this side. So it’s like fighting a losing battle. Sung in Duruma language from Kenya.
(8) Spice Me Up Adam: 25:34 Guitar instrumental. The lead guitarist is demonstrating Soukous licks for a high energy dance. Based on old style of picking and the latest.
(9) Nzala (Hunger): 5:01 African Blues/Mississippi Delta Style. During the times of hunger, I went to buy flour at the grocery store for cooking Ugali, an African dish made from corn meal, and there was nothing to buy. My family is waiting with hope for me to return home to my village with something to cook. I left and walked around to kill some time, so that when I got back maybe there will be something to buy at the grocery store, but when I went back, there was a big line-up, and everybody who was in the line looked at me as if I was bringing good news to them. I asked them, “Why are you all looking at me? I am just arriving to see if there’s anything to eat, and you’re all looking at me in a way that makes me see that this hunger will kill us, if we don’t get help soon.” Sung in Duruma language from Kenya.
(10) I love My Babe: 3:52 Acoustic Blues. I say this to my baby at night, come hold me tight. You give me strength and courage, and that’s all I need every day, my baby come to me...the night is falling down, and I light the candles in the bedroom. Oh well I love my woman, oh well I love my babe, she takes care of me every day, she gives me everything, she makes me feel higher and higher, every day and every night.
(11) Sweet Muskoka Babe: 8:34: Blues. Oh my babe I’m coming home, well my sweet baby I’m coming home Muskoka, I’ll be home babe, before the sun goes down. We’ll watch the sunset together my babe, we’ll watch the stars shining in the sky my babe, we’ll watch the moon babe by the bay, watching the loon swimming by.... (Total Time 79:57)
The lead guitarist demonstrates his ability both in playing World and Blues music, and that’s where the Title “Africa and the West” truly comes from.
E-mail: prof _ tikisa @ hot mail . com
All rights reserved **** Recorded, Mastered, and Produced @ 2QStudios T.O.
Produced by Adam Solomon.
ALL SONGS COMPOSED BY ADAM SOLOMON **** (c) 2010
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Adam Solomon is the recipient of a 2005 Juno Award/2007 Juno Award Nominee, and winner of double TAMA
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