Track Review: ‘Storytellers’ by Joe O’Donnell’s Shkayla

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‘Storytellers’, originally written in 1977, but never released, is now out as a build up single to the reissue of Gaodhal’s Vision, by Joe O’Donnell’s Shkayla, which is available from 28th April 2017.

The fusion album may be celebrating its 40th anniversary, but the sounds that lie within it are timeless. This song acts as a crucial example of the band’s indo-celtic flair, with the soft sounds of the violin caressing the notes; the melody feeling almost like a precursor to smooth soul classics such as George Michael’s ‘Careless Whisper’.

What is wonderful about this piece of music is that it takes you on a journey of feeling, allowing the listener to be swept along, with the highs and low of its varying paces and tones, into different realms of emotion.

There are so many musical elements to ‘Storytellers’ that it feels ahead of its time, for example the electric guitars that slide in midway through the track are still being echoed today through funk numbers like Daft Punk’s 2013 hit ‘Lose Yourself To Dance’.

Limerick-born Joe has said he plans to use his tools as a musician to combat the commercialism that currently surrounds St Patrick’s Day, and with skillful music such as his, I believe he’s going the right way about it.

 

Listen to ‘Storytellers’ here on itunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/storytellers-feat-rory-gallagher-single/id1212148858 

Follow the band’s Facebook page and Twitter account:

https://www.facebook.com/shkaylaband/

https://twitter.com/shkayla

Plus, don’t miss out on their 40th anniversary concert either: http://www.belgrade.co.uk/event/from-egypt-to-eire-40th-anniversary-of-gaodhals-vision

Grace Mitchell

Jordan Crisp v Nana D: African rhythms meet mainstream dance with new single ‘Ngoma’

In one of the most intriguing collaborations in recent memory, superstar producer Jordan Crisp is set to team up with independent Ghanaian artist Nana D for new track ‘Ngoma’.

The track, released December 2nd, sees Crisp’s electronic dance sensibilities married to traditional African drum beats and a hook sung by Nana D, creating a rhythmic, energetic track which has the potential to hit the club charts hard.

The accompanying video, directed by Nana D himself, continues the theme, combining contemporary animation techniques to a traditional African setting. You can check out the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRwMhIyK-wg

JordancrispJordan Crisp, signed to EMI at age 18 on the strength of self-produced music that got picked up as soundtrack by MTV for the likes of Cribs and My Super Sweet 16, has most recently been developing his reputation in the world of film. His soundtrack for number 1 UK box office hit ‘Streetdance 3D’ saw him win his first Gold LP, and subsequent work on the sequel and the Horrid Henry movie has been well received.

Nana Rolling stoneGrowing up in Ghana, West Africa, Nana D was surrounded by the traditional music of his homeland as well as the Motown, disco and funk in his father’s record collection. A subsequent move to the UK in the 1980’s introduced the young music enthusiast to the hip-hop of NWA and EPMD, and later the UK jungle and garage scenes. This varied musical education saw Nana D form a successful hip-hop act who were among the first UK rap groups to have their video played on MTV Base. He also forged a career in film production, a skill which he now utilises in his most recent music projects with Jordan Crisp and producer Picasso.

Links:

Jordan Crisp –

https://www.facebook.com/officialjcuk / https://soundcloud.com/jordancrisp

https://twitter.com/officialjcmusic

Nana D –

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nana-D/11165757729/ / https://twitter.com/mynameisnanad