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Shawn lee's ping pong orchestra ''world of funk'' (usa, 2011) [flac]

08/03/2011 22:27 0 Comentarios Lectura: ( palabras)

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SHAWN LEE'S PING PONG ORCHESTRA 

''WORLD OF FUNK''

(USA, 2011)

[FLAC]

La carátula del nuevo álbum de Shawn Lee con la Ping Pong Orchestra es una pequeña muestra del hobby de este extraño artista que toca todo tipo de instrumentos y todo tipo de música. Dicha portada incluye un udu nigeriano, un charango boliviano, una cítara italiana, un guitarrón mexicano, una ektar india, una tanpura y un sitár también indios, un balafón malí, una kalimba keniana, unas querqbat marroquíes, un bulbul tarang paquistaní, un bouzouki griego, y un djembe guineano. Es parte de su colección con la que decora los estudios Trans-Yank en Londres y donde también tiene radios de tubo, transistores, decks, walkie-talkies, pianos de juguete, grabadoras de cinta, mezcladoras de ocho tracks, reproductores de cartucho, sintetizadores, órganos Yamaha y algunas cosas que aún no ha podido organizar.

imageEsta especie de Diógenes del sonido nació en Wichita, Kansas. Es hijo de libanesa e irlandés y se inició en la música cantando gospel en el coro de una iglesia baptista. Cuando se hizo mayor se fue de allí porque no soportaba el racismo local y se dedicó a recorrer el mundo, consiguiendo todos los cachivaches que ahora exhibe con orgullo. Claro, en ese interín de tiempo grabó 25 discos, diez de ellos con la Ping Pong Orchestra, siendo el más reciente, World of Funk, 14 canciones donde han llegado a colaborar un montón de amigos suyos: Clutchy Hopkins, Chlom Nimol (Dengue Fever), Michael Leonhart, Natacha Atlas, Curumín, Bardo Martínez, Elliot Bergman (NOMO) y Cava, además de su suegra, Nanny G. Como es lógico suponer, hay unos cuantos hechos llamativos como el incorporar una máquina de escribir Smith-Corona Super Sterling en el tema Ghost in the Rain. Y así como hay canciones muy étnicas como Cairo Cairo, también hay evocadores instrumentales funk como Accelerate. En esto último, Shawn Lee es un maestro, pues el artista es un habitual en las bandas sonoras de filmes como Ocean's Thirteen o The Break Up, y en series de televisión como Lost, CSI Miami, Desperate Housewives (Mujeres Desesperadas), Ugly Betty o Life. World of Funk está incluido en la lista de Future Beats de Gladys Palmera.

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Shawn Lee - World Of Funk

Here's the first listen to a new Shawn Lee record, set for release in Feb 2011. Lee says he lives in a World of Funk, and invited friends from around the globe to make his point; Brazilian singer-multi instrumentalist Curumin (Hailing from Sao Paulo, and of Japanese/Spanish Brazilian background, ) British/Egyptian singer Natacha Atlas, Chhom Nimol - singer with the band Dengue Fever, Bardo of Chicano Batman and Cava, from LA, plus Truth and Soul Recording artist Michael Leonhart, NOMO bandleader Elliot Bergman, and Lee's mother-in-law (aka Nanny Jee)!

Multicultural and multi-talented composer and performer Shawn Lee lives in what he calls a "World of Funk." His mother is half Lebanese and a quarter Native American Indian. His wife is Indian, born in London from parents who are from Tanzania, East Africa. Their daughters (Mela & Seela) are half British/Asian and half American with the family roots to American Indian and Lebanese. As an American living in London he has his ears open to sounds from around the world, and all the spin-offs, mash-ups and fusions that pop-up. "Turkish Psych, Thai Funk, African Disco, Cambodian rock, Brazilian soul, " lists Lee. "If you can say it, it exists."

imageLee has as an uncanny ability to pick-up and play any instrument he can lay his hands on (his studio is like a candy-store for curious musicians) and for World of Funk he went global playing sitar, ektar, Balaphone, Tanpura, kalimba, Steel drum, Guitarron, Moroccan castanets, Cithare, vibraphone, Xylophone, Bulbul tarang, Charango, Bouzouki, talking drum, and Udu.

But it wasn't just geography, family roots, and a well-stocked studio that fueled this album. Lee is a massive fan of worldly-funk. The Turkish psych of Selda and Ersen, early 1970s Bollywood soundtracks by RD Burman and Asha Bhosle, the Brazilian soul and disco of Tim Maia, Ethiopian Jazz great Mulatu Astatke and the Afro funk of Pat Thomas and Marijata were all big influences on World of Funk.

"Like many western musicians, my ears have been seduced by the exotic sounds of the East and beyond.

By the same token, many musicians from around the world have been inspired by the music of America and England as well. What we've got here is a universal language, " says Lee. "When we bastardize each other's sounds/ music and get it wrong - we get it so right. It mutates and becomes something extraordinary. Now that is funky!"

imageAdding to Lees melting pot of sounds are guests from around the world. Brazilian singer-multi instrumentalist Curumin (Hailing from Sao Paulo, and of Japanese/Spanish Brazilian background) and British/Egyptian singer Natacha Atlas completely embody the spirit of World of Funk. While on-tour in Los Angeles this Summer Lee locked down three very special collaborations. The first was with Chhom Nimol the LA based Cambodian singer with the band Dengue Fever. Lee made an instrumental track with Clutchy Hopkins (which includes the sound of a 1960's Smith and Corona typewriter!) for Dengue Fever member Paul Smith who recorded Chhoms haunting vocal. A chance meeting with Bardo of Chicano Batman on Sunset Boulevard led to some garage-y flavored West Coast Latino-funk. And then both Willie McNeal and Money Mark suggested Lee work with Cava.

The album also features Truth and Soul Recording artist Michael Leonhart, NOMO bandleader Elliot Bergman, and Lee's mother-in-law (aka Nanny Jee)!

Source

Tracklisting :01. Bina02. Ghost In The Rain feat. Clutchy Hopkins & Chhom Nimol03. Ethio feat. Michael Leonhart04. Cairo Cairo feat. Natacha Atlas05. Nao Vacila feat. Curumin06. La Eterna Felicidad feat. Bardo Martinez07. Nanny Jee feat. Nanny G08. Iceberg feat. Elliot Bergman of NOMO09. Booya feat. Michael Leonhart10. The Mighty Atlas feat. Natacha Atlas11. Mi Ilusion feat. Cava12. Accelerate13. Tablacadabra14. Hairy Krishner

   


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