Tag Archives: Roots

The True Meaning of Galore Rock

25 Apr

The Rockers Galore

Galore means abundance or plentiful amounts. If you have food and drinks galore, you have a party on your hands. Hopefully, you also have some music by Blayer Pointdujour & The Rockers Galore to accentuate your bacchanal! Most bands stretch the truth with a band name (they are not really Eagles), but The Rockers Galore truly serve a massive helping of every facet of rock: pummeling electric guitar, swift percussion, hip/hop vocals, and potent horns. And, most importantly, the music blends together and goes down smooth like a toasted lager and some chips and salsa.

The Rockers Galore, a Reggae/ Hip Hop band from Philadelphia, PA, was founded in 2008 by multi-instrumentalist Blayer Pointdujour. The Rockers Galore recently released their new album The Bull (mixed and mastered at Milkboy the Studio formerly Larry Gold, The Roots, Common, Kanye West).

“1804” combines horns borrows from The Skatalites’ “Rock Fort Rocks” with a panoply of guitar and percussion. The lyric is genuine and it helps form a puissant piece. Perhaps most impressive is the effective balancing act that The Rockers Galore are able to achieve in this song. The wide array of sounds can be intimidating if not organized well, and The Rockers Galore are able to provide a “controlled madness.”

“Mansion Party” features constant rhythm – a fun mix of horns and rock – almost Mexican influences. The music plays like upbeat Ska.

Check out more about The Rockers Galore by visiting the website and Facebook of the band.

 

The Soulful Sounds of Kwesi Kankam

28 Mar

Kwesi Kankam

Kwesi Kankam is an eclectic musician. Born in Anchorage, Alaska, Kankam (who is of Ghanaian descent) moved to Toledo, Ohio where he was raised. Kankam received a football scholarship to Lehigh University, but his love of music eventually got behind the tacklers and sacked him (hooray for awful football analogies!)

I mention Kankam’s interesting past because his music reflects it. Kankam’s diverse soul-influenced folk encompasses multifarious simplicity. Before you call me out on this contradictory juxtaposition of words, let me explain.

Kankam’s music features everything from orchestral strings to Africana beats to horns, but, ultimately, when stripped down to its bare roots, the music is simple and calm like a relaxed pair of jeans. It is Kankam’s airy, light-hearted croon and an acoustic guitar.

Ultimately, no matter how much music you add to the background, the artist must be a proficient singer and there needs to be an instrument like a guitar or a piano played well. Kankam excels at both.

“Brunettes,” my favorite track off of Kankam’s debut EP, Ran Away From Me, which was released in March of last year, begins with Kankam and his acoustic guitar – quickly drums and keys are added. Kankam’s voice is a sip of hot cocoa in a cozy coffee shop. His smooth croon is one part Danny O’Donoghue, one part Ben Harper or Joe Pisapia. The vocal inflections are skillful, and his layered melodies are wonderful. The repeated riff stays true to the piece as Kankam manipulates the sound with tiny electric guitar segments and creative keys. Tap your feet. Sip your cocoa. The song makes you as comfortable as reclining in a La-Z-Boy.

“Long Days, Short Nights” features eclectic rhythms and instrumentation (almost like a Dave Matthews song) that create a worldly atmosphere. Think rooty folk mixed with modern Indie folk – sort of like Rusted Root mixed with Calexico. The mixture is euphonious and Kankam’s voice fits the music to perfection. Best of all, despite that the song is almost 5:30, I never felt bored. The music flows like water in a small creek, and, like “Brunettes” it is infectious and easy.

Keep up with Kwesi Kankam: Website, Facebook, Twitter

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