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Oom - Beats and Peaces
It is the cover of this album that immediately sets the scene for the musical goodies contained therein. There's this laidback 'ou' with his radio and guitar by his side, lying on his back with his head on his arms blissfully puffing on his pipe, the smoke billowing to form the word 'Oom'. All that is missing is the letter 'B' at the beginning of the word and the cover would be complete. "Beats and Peaces" is the brainchild of Ian Osrin, ably assisted by Jon Ackerman, containing mostly Jon's compositions with Musa *** Lo and the late, lamented Alf Mofokeng on vocals.
The first song (and hopefully single) is "Happiness (is a state of mind)", a lilting techno-reggae piece that is so infectious I kept replaying it until I was forced by my colleagues to listen to the rest of the album. With all the new styles of music available in SA these days, it is difficult to find a single defining term to categorise SA albums that contain music such as this. The only comparable album I've heard recently was a pre-release tape of the second 'Unofficial Language' album which should be out soon. These albums have so many diverse influences mixed in such as Hip Hop, Reggae, Kwaito and Kwela that it seems as if a new singular SA hybrid is slowly emerging.
Tracks like "Peace Train", "Soul Brother" and "Amabulu" (with it's
'Nkosi Sikelele' sample) move from one end of the current musical
spectrum to the other without losing their core identity. The vocals
are in all the official languages and yet sound like one universal
tongue.There is so much happening on this CD that I'm just going to
highly recommend that you grab this and play it until you look like the
dude on the cover who looks completely happy and satisfied, if it's
because he's been listening to this album then I know how he feels.
Lots of SA CDs to buy online at One World.
There's also the Two Oceans Trading online shopping mall where you can purchase Springbok rugby merchandising, SA books, jewellery and CD-ROMs, amongst many other items.
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