King Sunny Ade, 'Baba Mo Tunde' (Indigedisc)

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Baba Mo Tunde
Critical Mass
Release Date: September 28, 2010
Label: Indigedisc

by Richard Gehr

King Sunny Ade throws a sublime stylistic curveball on his first album in adecade, replacing the rapturous guitar army that once virtually defined his sound with an oceanic network of articulate drums and manly yet melodious harmonies. Immaculately produced by his manager, Andy Frankel (save an innocuous King Britt remix), these seven sprawling cuts range from an eight-minute reduction of Yoruba festival music to the 32-minute title track. Joe Doria's buttery Hammond organ adds yet another lithe layer, notably on the trippy, driving "Baba Loun Sohun Gbolgo."

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