ZUBA'S BASSA BEAT
An exile's longing for home, a riposte against injustice and the simple urge to dance those troubles away underlie the cosmopolitan sound of Zuba.
7 musicians from Liberia, Uganda, Ghana, France and of course Scotland bringing together African folk with powerful dance rhythmns from round the world.
Lyrics are based on the cultural tales and events of the musicians and the desire for a world where peoples actively seek reconciliation and solutions other than violence.
2005 "Allez! Allez!" to be on Freeness compilation
2005 "Moonlight" on "Welcome", a ROOT8 recordings compilation (RM101)
2005 10 tracks album "Allez!" self-produced and released on own Bassa Beat Production (Bassa001)
AWARDED BEST AFRICAN ALBUM in the 2006 JUST PLAIN FOLKS AWARDS
2004 "Tomayziyi" On "Glastonbury Unsigned Bands 2004" (Concrete Recordings)
2004 "Tomayziyi" On "Songs of Freedom" a MOJO/Big Issue Scotland ompilation
2003 Preview 3 track CD - 07/03
2002 4 track E.P - Mangowanda (fmep51)
2000 12 track album - Chameleon, released on Iona gold records (no longer available)
1999 4 track E.P - Zuba
Zuba have played alongside various styles due to the audience ability to enter the spirit of Zuba from different musical backgrounds.
Papa Wemba, Kid Creole, The Levellers, Martyn Bennett, JTQ, Michael McGoldrick, Ifang Bondi, Bert Jansch, Bernard Kabanda, Salsa Celtica, Berroguetto, Abdul Tee-Jay, Modeste, Femi Kuti, Manu Chao...
What the press said:
"Absolutely superb" - Bob Harris, BBC Radio2
"This album from Glasgow's multi-cultural maestros, Zuba, is the world-rock hybrid Led Zeppelin never made. Stand-out track Tomayziyi is Liberian singer Boweh's blistering attack on the civil war in his homeland. Featuring mesmerising guitars, hypnotic rhythms and hook-laden melodies, Allez! is the most stunning mix of western and African music since Paul Simon's Graceland" - John Dingwall, Daily Record
"Expertise that spans continents" - The List
"Zuba occasionally call to mind Peter Gabriel or the Afro-Celts, but in a good way as their sound is so confidently their own - ****" - Sunday Herald
"Zuba are one of Britain’s best world music acts" - Daily Record
"Sparkling African guitar pop" - Froots
2004 saw Zuba increase the number of festivals round the uk and have continued to step forward with the music Zuba call Bassa Beat.
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