Hassan Bin Rashid has a pure & natural connection to music & it’s a joy to witness him in his element like this, even more so with such an experienced, expressive band.
I have learned to take a “best of both worlds” approach to my music being that I’m both a Nigerian & an American. The traditional African rhythms are present with the modern afro-pop sounds, mixed with soul & other contemporary genres.
A striking piece artistic as ever & cleverly entertaining in a new, incomparable way. This is nothing like Oxaï Roura’s previous releases, yet at the same time, it’s soaked in the very same creative freedom & other worldly levels of inspiration.
Something that feels very gentle & intimate at first, later drawing you in with its sense of togetherness, then finally evolving into something quite chaotic & overwhelming, even slightly unsettling.
The collaborative process has led to a number of cultures meeting & working in unison within the ambiance, and this creates something particularly special.
The music is completely refreshing, familiar yet original in essence, loyal to the art that inspired it yet also indicative of a brand new sound. The only thing missing is to witness it all unfolding before you in real time.
Mario Marco Farinato’s abilities as a musician are mesmerising, though it’s his passion or emotional input that really helps it shine. The experience is entrancing because the intensity rises & falls away in the most natural, deeply human manner.
Victor Samalot’s creativity presents an instrumental journey that transports you from one moment to the next; the beach, to the cafe, to the bar & beyond.