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ARTIST
TITLE
Interpretation of the Original Rhythm
FORMAT
LP

LABEL
CATALOG #
FVR 061LP FVR 061LP
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
11/20/2012

2011 release. His African name, Owoicho Oche means "God is the King." Ray Stephen Oche is a singer, drummer, flautist, and trumpet player from Nigeria. In the late '50s he spent time in Ghana, meeting famous drummer Guy Warren who supposedly delivered him "the secret of the authentic African rhythms." He toured in Sierra Leone with the Outer Space band, and also went to Senegal and Gambia. He arrived in Paris in 1965 and played in Europe and worked with the Office de Radiodiffusion-Télévision Française (ORTF). Matumbo, the name of his band on this record, means "gifted with various talents" in Agolan. This LP was recorded in Paris, with musicians from Congo, Togo, Guinea and Gambia, but also Brazil and the "French" West Indies. The whole album is roots and groovy Afro-jazz, full of percussion and African singing (in the Idoma language). Even though this record is very hard to find, that shouldn't stop it from being very high on everybody's wishlist.