The culmination of months of hard but enjoyable work has finally come together and my new album is being released this week on the 14th by Long Tale Recordings. This is a truly exciting the time and really just the beginning, I feel like I am riding the train that is on the album cover, next stop radio interviews, then jump on that plane, get out there and tour this music everywhere around the world, grab a taxi and zoom!
This song is a dance, a West African kind of Salsa popular before Mbalax became the rhythm of Senegal. It is slow, it is sexy, it is music that says don’t leave me, dance with me, don’t let me go. You can dance all evening on a hot west African night to this rhythm.
The fantastic artwork for the album was created by David Cox. My wife has known David for many years as the dad of her school friend and occasional art teacher at Looking Glass school and then as the lecturer in charge of an animation course she took. As she was struggling to come up with both time and ideas for the album artwork she called David to ask for some help, little expecting that he would be so taken with the album and the concept that he offered to create an original piece of artwork for Ligéey. The word Ligéey means Work in Wolof, this album is a result of my work as a musician, it is a piece of my work as an artist, as too is the creation for the cover made by David, the amazing creative talents of the musicians who have played on the album, Beth Porter, Phil Dawson, Mark Smulian, Gani Tamir, Myke Vince, and the skill and wealth of experience of the producer on this album Mark Smulian, and mastering skill of Sefi Carmel.
This is the art work in progress. David created a 3D construction from cardboard boxes cereal packets and postal tape which when he is happy with the design is then painted with household emulsion.
” Letters painted red or orange to stand out from the background. Then I get to work with my paint’s and colour pencil. Buildings white, the rest a limited range of colours to maximise the 3D qualities of the piece and shadows.”
“A tribute to all the workers, those who have made our cities, towns and villages, those that feed us and provide water, those that get us to our destination, those that keep the roads open and safe, those help when we are in danger or sick, those collect the and recycle rubbish, those that make our clothes, those who teach us, those that sing and play music, on and on…” D. Cox
this is a link to a page about David Cox on the WOMAD Website http://womad.org/artists/david-cox/
Animation by David Cox for MIX IT UP by The Kingstonians ( this is some of David’s previous animation work that can be found on you tube)
I think the artwork really fits the album beautifully, it is music to travel to, music to dance to, and I hope it is music to move the listener both physically but also in a soulful, joyful, and thoughtful way too.
I have not been able at this point to upload some short tasters of the new album but hopefully we will sort that out soon, also watch this space for some exciting video projects for the album that are taking shape now.
If you wish to check out my new album on Amazon her is the link for Ligéey
and here is the Amazon USA Link for Ligeey
and here is the link for Long Tale Recordings http://longtalerecordings.com