Wednesday, January 30, 2013

CD Review: Bongos Ikwue & Double X's 'Wulu Wulu'

Bongos Ikwue & Double X
Wulu Wulu
Bik Records
Nigeria’s Bongos Ikwue personalizes African music and combines a mix of traditional Afro-pop rhythms with highlife, reggae, Congolese rumba, Afrobeat, soul, funk, jazz, and rock. The sauntering “Wulu Wulu” reflects a bluesy-soul rhythm with charming vocals. “Mustapha and Christopha” is a folk guitar song that describes the conflict between Christians and Muslims in Northern Nigeria. The sparkling guitar work, great vocals, and exceptional instrumentation make Wulu Wulu a rewarding album that is monumental, memorable, and organic. The pleasant melodies and inspirational tunes make the listener feel good. Moreover, the incredible variety of musical influences is not to be missed here. Fans of African popular music, Nigerian music, world fusion, and Afro-Caribbean music will love Bongos Ikwue and his band, Double X. ~ Matthew Forss

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