Alogte Oho and his Sounds of Joy — Mam Yinne Wa (Nov. 8, 2019)Flag of Ghana Alogte Oho and his Sounds of Joy — Mam Yinne Wa (Nov. 8, 2019)
♦   Mam Yinne Wa od Alogte Oho je dnes velmi obohacující a individuální chutí africké hudby, která si zaslouží více než jeden poslech kvůli efektu správného ocenění. Stejně jako lokálně vydaná verze poslala Alogte Oho na vrchol zpěváků Frafra~Gospelu, tato nově vyprodukovaná podoba alba z něj učinila globálního hráče. I když to trvalo a místní si procvičili trpělivost, než se projekt plně realizoval, čekání se vyplatilo, protože tato celovečerní nahrávka splňuje všechna očekávání. „Mam Yinne Wa“ splňuje proporce jedinečně originálního a progresivního alba. Pro fanoušky západoafrické hudby je absolutní nutností. Albu předcházel singl. Strana A — „Mam Yinne Wa“ je čistý future gospel: houpající se rytmus s čerpáním syntetických basů a hravých rohů, které se tkají kolem eulogizujícího sboru skupiny. Jako zvýraznění vás pronásleduje flétnové sólo Free Jazz Great Sabir Mateen (Cecile Taylor, Sunny Murray, Hamid Drake), které vás katapultuje do jiné dimenze! Na straně B je „Yu Ya Yumma“, rytmická sekce řízena mistrem reggae Josie Coppolou na bubnech a poskytuje pevný základ pro skvělý výkon zpěváků. Název znamená: „pojďme zpívat píseň“. A to je přesně to, co skupina dělá.“ 
Location: Bolgatanga, Ghana
Album release: November 8, 2019
Record Label: Philophon
Duration:     36:29
Tracks:
1. Mam Yinne Wa   3:55
2. Allema Timba   4:40
3. Sandana Fom   4:33
4. Zota Yinne   4:18
5. Fom Se Mam   3:50
6. Yu Ya Yumma   3:20
7. Ma’algo   3:50
8. La Ta’aba   4:43
9. Sala An Songa   3:20
Review
Written by: Derek Rath
♦   Inspiration and/or enlightenment can come in many ways: Theologic exploration, an act of God, a dream, or perhaps meditation on a mountain top are good starts. But for Alogte Oho, it was by being hit by a car in the streets of Accra, the capital city of his native Ghana — and during the weeks of recovery in hospital, he had an epiphany.
♦   So happy to be alive that, in appreciation, he penned the eventual album’s title track, “Mam Yinne Wa” (God You Love Me So), and went straight to the studio to record it. No longer was he moping around about a musical career that had stalled out after a couple of regional cassette successes a few years earlier: This became a hit in the Frafra gospel community and finally made him a star after several years of effort.
♦   In 2016 the song was rerecorded by Philophon Records, a Berlin~based label whose founder heard the original while traveling in Ghana, and it is this version that opens the album.
♦   Oho and his accompanying female chorus, His Sounds of Joy, are augmented by a roster of musicians from the Philophon stable very familiar with a variety of African musical stylings. The result is a delicious and quirky sonic stew redolent with musical aromas from both near and far.
♦   Underpinning the native Ghanaian elements is a horn~and keyboard~rich ensemble that displays considerable chops both in the arrangements and improvisations. There are synth lead keyboards with very individual~and analog~sounding natures, rendering a human warmth and sense of fun you might not expect. The horns (augmented with some serious flutes) are crisp and the arrangements sound almost Ethiopian at times, an effect bolstered by always~funky but strangely off~kilter bass lines that have a similar elliptical groove and some very melodic lines, with a very jazzy edge. Make no mistake, repeat listening confirms just how strong this bottom line in the ensemble is, dovetailed with equally skillful drumming.
♦   On top of this you have some serious vocal preaching from Alogte Oho and — very much not in the background — His Sounds of Joy chorus. To my ears there is a great similarity in style of Oho’s delivery with the Muslim apala style from neighboring Nigeria, exemplified by Haruna Ishola. The vocal ensemble, mostly in unison call~and~response, recalls the Wassoulou traditions of Mali, and plays a big part in bridging between Oho and the horns.
♦   Finally, several of the tracks like “Ya Ya Yumma,” the moody “La Ta’aba,” and “Zota Yine” have a reggae foundation, exercised with enthusiastic confidence. The resulting mix is a joy to hear: made for the dance floor.
♦   The Philophon label deserves major props for their efforts with such artists as Alogte Oho, Guy One, the Polyversal Souls, Idris Ackamoor, Alemayehu Eshete, and Y~Bayani, helping the influence of contemporary African artists and music maintain integrity in today’s vast music topography. The gospel music scene in Ghana is huge, and in a way an interesting counterpoint to the much~referenced influence of music from Africa to the blues of the U.S. This is vividly demonstrated in a live video from a FraFra church, which is also incorporated into the promo video for “Mam Yinne Wa”:
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