Yinka Ayefele – Gratitude [Album Review]

Posted on July 28 2017 , at 08:56 pm
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  • After a long, hard day, this album would be perfect to bump to

Gratitude

Okay, now, enough of all that serious stuff. You’ve spent a hard day at work, a couple of hours in a senseless traffic… it’s running late and you can’t join the boys at your regular hang out. You’ll most likely need this CD from Yinka Ayefele to keep you company.

READ: Yinka Ayefele to release new album in January 2015

Remember though, what you’re looking for is not 100% original compositions or music. No, that’s not Ayefele’s forte. What has kept the juju act going, since the accident that confined him to the wheelchair, is an understanding of the pulse of the streets, and a profitable balance between secular and gospel styles (in a rather smart way, he manages to render ‘gospel’ lyrics on so called ‘secular upbeat juju beats [called ‘tungba’ and ‘alujo’ in Yoruba parlance] thus creating a hybrid sound that has dominated the party scene for years).

That’s what you’ll find on almost all the nine tracks that make up Gratitude.

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