Art Blakey & The Afro-Drum Ensemble – Ayiko Ayiko

The track “Ayiko Ayiko”, by Art Blakey & The Afro-Drum Ensemble, and the album “The African Beat” (Blue Note, 1962) as a whole, is very important to me, as it is probably the origin of what I do today, e.g. on this site. At least, I became a Jazz & African musics aficionado…

[Art Blakey] described [this album] as the first opportunity he had to work with drummers from Africa; as a blend of American Jazz with the traditional rhythms and tonal colors in the percussion of that continent. The album features compositions by African and American musicians, all based on aspects of West African (especially Nigerian) music.

So many memories for me with this music…

I discovered it at the same time as the 1st Osibisa album…

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