TERANGA BEAT proudly presents legendary group GUELEWAR from Banjul, The Gambia. Amongst the most experimental, psychedelic bands out of Africa, GUELEWAR offer a unique sound and instrumentation, mixing traditional compositions with modern instruments such as the Mini-MOOG.
The ALLIGATORS was a group led by BAI JANHA who was the most important musician from the Gambia. The ALLIGATORS later became GUELEWAR when BAI began to collaborate with LAYE N'GOM. GUELEWAR fused a blend of Bougaraboo & Saourouba mixed with Soul & Funk and were heavily influenced by traditional singer MOUSSA N'GOM. For one decade GUELEWAR was the biggest influence in the region of Sene-Gambian music.
Here in their last recording, live in the "Canari Club de Kaolack", Senegal, 1982 the 12 members guide you to another level.
The double gatefold LP's liner notes and CD’s 16 page booklet include more information and photographs outlining the beautiful story of this exceptional band from this distinctive West African country, The Gambia. We hope you will enjoy.
released October 3, 2011
Mastering by Stephanos Konstantinidis at Fabrika Sonic Arts Studio
Text editing by Stephanie Bailey & Jo Borshel
Art work by Adamantios Kafetzis
supported by 24 fans who also own “Halleli N'Dakarou”
What a wonderful surprise it was to hear the Cuban song "El Carretero" on an album of Senegalese music! I'm familiar with the song from a modern hiphop-ified version on Putumayo's "Latin Groove" CD but this older, more traditional recording is pretty special in its own right. There are so many other great songs here, too. Scott