“Africa La” is a perfect fusion and unique mix of Electroacoustic Music with reflections of Funk, Disco and Afro Beat! This is the first album of Max Doblhoff featuring Idd Aziz and Baboulaye Cissokho, both musicians and vocalists from East and West Africa. Together they contribute their musical statements connecting different cultures.
A cross border fusion. Defining, in a sensitive way, how a European producer can enhance a modern definition and interpretation of African music traditions. This debut album combines juicy club sounds with African attitude and the listener gets instantly triggered rhythmic twitching.
The reinterpretation of his work using authentic rhythms and melodic riffs is the focus of this album. Max Doblhoff`s debut album “Africa La” is a melting pot and shows a variety of acoustic instruments like Kora, Kalimba and the exotic pear-shaped stringed instrument Oud. Also supported by a funky brass ensemble next to pulsating percussions such as Tomtom, Djembe, Tarabuka, Congas and Dun Dun Ba.
On his continental African journey Max Doblhoff caught the vibe and honesty of the African music scene. He also collaborated with African instrumentalists and vocalists such as “Idd Aziz”, “Baboulaye Cissokho“, “Ba Ousmane“, “Kombo Chokwe” and the “Kaya Collective“. These collaborations worked in perfect harmony.
The driving idea behind the album is Max Doblhoff´s vision of minimalizing the use of electronic production techniques, like loops and synthesizers, and focus on the good old warm sounds of analog instruments. He does not only use his ability to produce music electronically, but also benefits from his skills as a drummer and percussionist. In accordance to his spiritual understanding of African and European cultures and their differences, Max found his own unique way of producing the interaction of electronic and acoustic music.
Musicians recorded on this Album
Idd Aziz – Vocals / Kenya
Baboulaye Cissokho – Kora & Vocals on Saba Bo & Afro Key/ Senegal
Kombo Chokwe – Guitars on Wanionaje/ Kenya
Kaya Collective – Horns on Wanionaje & Steel da drum/ Kenya
Ba Ousmane – Djembe/ Senegal
BigBaffolo – Vocals, Percussion on Steel da drum/ Austria
Max Doblhoff – Drums, Kalimba, Tomtom, Percussions & Electronics/ Austria
Sebastian Wiesflecker – Guitars & Bass/ Austria
Julian Hruza – Synth/Keys & Bass/ Austria
Johannes Fritz – Bass on Steel da drum/ Austria
Sebastian Porstner – Guitars on Afro Key/ Austria
Georg Barnert – Sax on Africa La, Flute on Djemaa & Synth on Saba Bo/ Austria
“AFRICA LA” Music Video directed by Didy Kimeu (Mombasa & Nairobi/Kenya 2017)
Camera – Drone shots by Matthias Peter Alscher – Bassenheim (Kenya 2017)
Released on www.Clubcruisemusic.com 2017
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Music recorded at:
Gnawa Musicians live recorded at „Djemaa el Fna“ (Marrakech/Marokko)
Primitive Studios, M. Kamler Studio & Schallmayer Music Studio (Vienna/Austria)
Produced, recorded, composed and arranged by Max Doblhoff
Co productions by Sebastian Wiesflecker & Julian Hruza
Mastered at Primitive Studios Vienna (www.primitive.at)
Cover picture by Beryl Charlotte (Mombasa/Kenya)
Cover design by P. Püribauer (Austria)
Max Doblhoff (Electronics & Percussion)
Idd Aziz (Vocals)
Baboulaye Cissokho (Kora & Vocals)