AUGUST 31, 2012
Video Selecter: The Souljazz Orchestra
Canadian Afro-Funk All Stars Bring North Of The Border Salsa Dura On "Ya Basta"by Tom Pryor
Each week Nat Geo Music scours the far reaches of the internet for the coolest new videos around the world.
This week we turn to Canada's red hot afro-funk all-stars, the Souljazz Orchestra - who are celebrating their 10th anniversary this year with the release of Solidarity,, the band's fifth full-length album, due out Sept. 17th on Strut records.
Here's what the band had to say about the upcoming release: "Solidarity, a fierce collaborative record featuring a range of unique artists from Canada's vibrant underground scene, including Senegalese-Canadian griot descendant Élage M'baye, Brazilian-Canadian singer-songwriter Rômmel Ribeiro, Jamaican-Canadian rocksteady soulman Slim Moore, as well as the full Souljazz Orchestra core line-up, with vocal contributions by drummer/conguero Philippe Lafrenière and baritone saxophonist Ray Murray.
The songs we wrote are in a variety of Afro, Latin and Caribbean styles, all connected by a consistent thread of North American soul and jazz sensibilities. Featuring lyrics sung in English, Spanish, Portuguese and Wolof (with borrowings from French and Arabic), the pieces are unified by a common message of positive social change.
After the release of our last album, the all-acoustic Rising Sun, we also wanted to return to a plugged-in sound, which gave us an excuse to dig up some of our dusty, forgotten electric instruments out of the attic again: an ancient vibrato-heavy transistor organ, grungy pawnshop hollowbody guitars, an unsteady warbling tape-echo machine, a cavernous surf-guitar spring reverb unit, even an old Italian-made Elka electric piano rescued from a garbage can. We recorded the new songs onto a temperamental 8-track tape machine, and the whole thing resulted in one massive, heavy-hitting, ruff-and-tuff record".
Sounds pretty badass, right? Well we've heard an advance copy and it's beyond badass.
Check it out for yourself with the video for this salsa dura crusher, "Ya Basta".
Music video for "Ya Basta", by The Souljazz Orchestra, from the album "Solidarity", out September 17th 2012 on Strut Records.