Boomkat Product Review:
Super deep, immersive and spirited Afrobeat/Calypso/reggae vibes from Guyana (on the northern edge of South America), sweetly echoing classic Carribbean and West African styles
Going since 1971, the Yoruba Singers are the longest running group in Guyana, and, most significantly, one of few groups playing an afrocentric sound, rather than purely commercial entertainment. Their songs on ‘Fighting For Survival’ are weighted with a heavy soul that references a history of slave trading and the civil rights movement as much as life in a lush tropical climate during the ‘70s, particularly in the two cuttingly deep highlights at the album’s core, ‘Bleeding With Hate’, and the dark blue ace ‘Fighting For Survival’. But if you’re after a dance they’ve also got your back with the swingeing Afro-Latin hustle and synthetic touches of ‘Drums Make The World Go Round’ and the beaming Calypso charms of ‘Amara Joe’ the fluid funk of ‘Zamin’.
Seriously hard to resist this one!