Fofoulah – Daega Rek

Album Review | Glitterbeat | Review by Allan Wilkinson | Stars: 3/5

Upon first hearing the ‘dystopian electronics, sabar beats and shamanic chants’ of the London-based Afro-dub ensemble Fofoulah, I imagined this would be the sort of music you could possibly find in the deep cellar bar urbanism beneath an acid rain-soaked Blade Runner-type city as the residents wait for the oncoming apocalypse. Of course, Fofoulah are more optimistic than this, as they release their second album, the follow up to their 2014 self-titled debut. Highly dramatic, the rhythms of the Gambian sabar drummer Kaw Secka, together with the production of keyboards player Tom Challenger, hold nothing back in delivery, with some hard driving beats and Sci-Fi sound effects to keep things in order. Delivered in Wolof, a West African language from such countries as The Gambia and Senegal, the tracks, such as “Seye” (Marriage), “Ndanane” (Star) and the almost tortured performance of “Kaddy”, written in memory of the Grenfell disaster, quiver with pounding futurist beats, whilst the title cut settles into an appealing groove.