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OY – “Kokokyinaka”: Genre-bending, African-inflected Electronica

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by siji jabbar

You know the sonic journey is going to one of adventure when the first sounds you hear are of a clapped out public transport bus wheezing and grinding its way to a breakdown while OY explains how to pronounce the title of her album. And what an adventure it is. Kokokyinaka, the sophomore album by the Ghanaian/Swiss singer and musician OY (Joy Frempong), is a, experimental, genre-bending, generously seasoned stew of Africa-inflected Electronica that captures, illuminates and refracts her journey through Mali (4 weeks), Ghana, Burkina Faso and South Africa (5 weeks), with all the “found” sounds recorded as she travelled, and with lyrics inspired either by traditional African stories or proverbs or by conversations held with various people she met during her travels, or simply picked up along the way.

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This entry was posted on June 16, 2013 by in CATCH THE BEAT, Electronic | Dance, New Releases, WORLD WIDE and tagged , , , , .

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