Friday, August 19, 2011

CD Review: Nappy Riddem's 'One World Sovereignty'

Nappy Riddem
One World Sovereignty
Fort Knox

The funky, hip-hop, and soul infections of Nappy Riddem cover many genres and styles of American, South American, and Caribbean music. The brainchild behind Nappy Riddem is the duo of Rex Riddem and Mustafa Akbar. Based in Washington, D.C., Nappy Riddem creates dance tracks, funky loops, sizzling percussion, and alternative-pop lyrics with a societal awareness that graces each track. The funk-driven "Shango" contains more of an urban, African beat with a bit of soul thrown in. "DTA (Dreadlock Transit Authority)" is a reggae-infused track with funky beats and a groovy bass line. "Suspicious Love" is a jazzy, groove-ladened track with the smoothness of a French downtempo score or a Zero 7 track. At any rate, Nappy Riddem is a formidable force in the world of global funk and groove. One World Sovereignty reflects Nappy Riddem's global appeal. ~ Matthew Forss

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