WAR CHANT - EP

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WAR CHANT 04:42
Hey you, Trying to hide from my view Just stop right there, Sit on down and give a listen Imma testify I said, "Hey you!" It's time to pay what's due Your viscous ways Are a trend of toxic waste You post and people die You talk tough Typing so fast, misspelling words, You got nothin to say. You spew hate Raping our souls with vile lines Spitting back in your face. Make it great again America was never great To those of us who were never free. Can't you see Self pride is suicide They're getting stronger every day now With you as king. How can we sit by not realize the damage of your words on future realities _____ Hey You, believing whats not true there was a time when the lies you spread would justify a genocide I said hey you look what they’re trying to do These evil ways a third reich of modern times We cannot just stand by K - K - K preaching the same supremacy on this side of the sea Primate ways Thinking it’s right to forge head with this patriarchy Make it great America Was never great To those of us who were never free. Can’t you see the lack of unity The fractures, prejudice contained in society We cannot sit by not realize the damage of your words on future realities Sing loud Declare war On your words of hatred We’ve been blind Justice for all the time we wasted We’re living through changing times A new dream I’ve tasted We hold the light See us shine on the world that’s waiting Sit on down and give a listen Imma testify! (ad lib)
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SOMBER JOY 03:59
She deepens the time Stretches infinity Filling my soul Way beyond its ability She sets me free To fall in the limbos of my mind Lost there if I can’t find The missing piece of my heart She captures my will Binds it with ecstasy Together we drown In the abyss of lethargy She sets me free To fall in the limbos of my mind Lost there if I can’t find The missing piece of my heart and she chains me into a bliss I won’t resist Holding me down In somber joy And distress Will I remiss Holding me down The emptiness remains She wasn’t a choice She’s always been in my head Saving myself From the grip of her bitter voice She sets me free To fall in the limbos of my mind Lost there if I can’t find The missing piece of my heart And she chains me into a bliss I won’t resist Holding me down In somber joy And distress Will I remiss Holding me down The emptiness remains And she chains me into a bliss I won’t resist Holding me down In somber joy In somber joy The emptiness remains
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SAME 05:47
Your skin, so smooth It shines through the night It scares me too I cannot see the light My heart it beats so fast As your coming close Can't find the words Your presence yields such fear from my dark past Your skin, so black So different than me Can't look away You're what I long to see And yet, you're not at all Look on with contempt A colored mind Assuming the worst rejecting your human rights Need to look deep down inside Be free to Recognize what lives in our minds We all have a bias inside It can change If we're willing to look truly see we're the same My skin, my mood It shines with your light The fear is gone Drifting off out of sight Together now No need to turn away We face our fear Need to look deep down inside Be free to Recognize what lives in our minds We all have a bias inside It can change If we're willing to look truly see we're the same

about

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.

Alongside saxophonist/bandleader Yacine Boularès, War Chant features a deeply attuned working lineup with vocalist Sarah Elizabeth Charles, keyboardist/producer Jesse Fischer, bassist Kyle Miles, guitarist Michael Valeanu and drummer Philippe Lemm. Trumpeter Takuya Kuroda appears on “Assyko,” and Keita Ogawa and Foluso Mimy guest on percussion as well.

Celebrity Café has praised AJOYO’s melding of “old-world Cameroonian beats with traditional jazz themes,” while All About Jazz has described how “the music exudes sophistication yet responds to a primordial pulse.” Those energies, and a continuous creative evolution, are evident again on War Chant, which opens with the cathartic title track aimed squarely at Trump’s misrule.

“Assyko,” according to Boularès, is named for a Cameroonian rhythm and intended to evoke “pure joy and celebration of Roy Hargrove. The bridge and the effect on Takuya’s trumpet are a reference to Roy’s tune ‘Strasbourg/St. Denis.’”

“Somber Joy,” based on a Moroccan Chaabi rhythm, is “a reflection on mental illness, love and addiction.” And “Same” is an attempt “to understand the psychological process that leads to xenophobia.” The band’s deep and unrelenting groove, virtuosic improvising and effortless command of compositional detail makes War Chant a thrill from start to finish.

Boularès and Charles began working together in 2009 soon after Boularès arrived in New York, though the founding of AJOYO came later. “We happen to have very similar immigration stories,” says the saxophonist. “Sarah is American and Haitian, and it’s through music that she has maintained a relationship with Haiti. I’m French Tunisian, and although I grew up between Tunis and Paris, it’s through music that I’ve put back together the pieces of my fragmented identity. I also have strong ties with the Haitian community as the saxophonist in Tabou Combo for the past six years. I’m also founding the first contemporary Arabic culture festival at Joe’s Pub in New York, fall 2020. It’s become a necessity for me to fight back through art and culture, with the underlying idea that ignorance leads to hatred. Exposing people to our worlds and our stories develops empathy, regardless of their political views.”

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released October 25, 2019

Sarah Elizabeth Charles: vocals
Yacine Boularès: saxophones
Michael Valeanu: guitar
Jesse Fischer: keyboards
Kyle Miles: bass
Philippe Lemm: drums

Takuya Kuroda: trumpet (3)
Foluso Mimy: djembe (1)
Keita Ogawa: percussion (2,3,4)
Jonathan Levy: bass (1)

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

www.ajoyomusic.com
www.shems-records.com

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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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