Africa Unplugged is led by renowned djembe master, songwriter, and educator, Atiba Rorie. The band combines traditional, west-African percussion instruments with guitar and bass to play traditional rhythms while drawing from global influences. The result is funky, soulful blues that keeps you moving as they tell stories from the old world and the new!
The Africa Unplugged EP: Vol. 2 "Sankofa" comes from a proverb in the Twi language of Ghana, “Se wo were fi na wosankofa a yenkyi". This translates as: it is not wrong to go back for that which you have forgotten. Djembe master, guitarist and songwriter, Atiba Rorie has not only kept with this principle but expounded upon it in Africa Unplugged's sophomore release. With "Vol. 2", Rorie and fellow percussionists, Lamar Lewis and Elisha Harris are joined by NC guitarist, William Darity and Nicaraguan bassist, Cesar Oviedo. This new instrumentation is employed richly to combine both the "village" and "city" drumming styles of Mali with both rural and urban sounds from the African diaspora. Rorie's disarmingly warm and personal approach to songwriting and arranging takes the listener on a sonic journey from West Africa to the nightclubs and "juke joints" of the US "chitlin circuit" as well as the beach parties and dance halls of the caribbean throughout the recording.
Live video from Deep Sound Studios:
Fool No Mo CLIP - YouTube
Souaressi FULL R1 - YouTube