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War Chant 04:37
Invitation 04:50
Somber Joy 03:58
Same 05:46
Sleep 04:10


Multi-reedist Yacine Boularès is excited to present War Chant, the second release by the spell-binding jazz-world ensemble AJOYO. 2015’s critically acclaimed self-titled debut AJOYO graced audiences with a vibrant eclecticism and social consciousness unparalleled in the jazz idiom. All About Jazz notes “the music exudes sophistication yet responds to a primordial pulse.” War Chant brings the same aural celebration of joy and life into a more focused call to action in the name of social and racial justice. The compositions in this release take aim at the oppression, xenophobia and greed that are running rampant in modern day America, combatting the lies and corruption being spewed from the Trump administration with an honest and refreshing musical diatribe. Boularès says. “Exposing people to our worlds and our own immigration stories develops empathy, regardless of their political views.” Alongside saxophonist/bandleader Yacine Boularès, the album features a deeply attuned working lineup with vocalist Sarah Elizabeth Charles, keyboardist/producer Jesse Fischer, bassist Kyle Miles (formerly with Marcus Strickland’s Twi-Life), guitarist Michael Valeanu (formerly with Cyrille Aimée) and drummer Philippe Lemm.


released May 22, 2020

Sarah Elizabeth Charles: vocals
Yacine Boularès: soprano, tenor sax & bass clarinet
Michael Valeanu: guitar
Jesse Fischer: keyboards
Kyle Miles: bass
Philippe Lemm: drums


Vuyo Sotashe: vocals (3)
Takuya Kuroda: trumpet (4)
Joel Ross: vibraphone (5)
Akie Bermiss: vocals (7)

Jonathan Levy: bass (1)
Foluso Mimy: djembe (1)
Keita Ogawa: percussion (4,6,7,8)
Darius Christian trombone (7)
Eden Bareket baritone sax (7)

Produced, engineered and mixed by Jesse Fischer
at Electrik Indigo Sound, Brooklyn NY
Assistant Engineers: Charlie Culbert & Greg Teves
Mastered by Nate Wood

℗ Shems Records 2020


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Ajoyo New York, New York

Hailed for the vibrant eclecticism and socially conscious engagement of its
eponymous 2015 debut, the spellbinding jazz- world ensemble AJOYO returns
with War Chant. The four-track EP offers an enticing preview of the group’s full length
sophomore release WAR CHANT, due out in early 2020.
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