Art Blakey & The Afro-Drum Ensemble – Ayiko Ayiko

The African Beat is a jazz album released by Art Blakey and The Afro-Drum Ensemble in November 1962 on Blue Note Records.

Art Blakey described it 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.

This track, and the album 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…

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


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