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until Roskilde Festival 2015 - 27 June to 4 July
Wednesday 26.02.14

Americana and Africana at Roskilde Festival 2014

Aoife O’Donovan, Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, Jupiter & Okwess International and King Ayisoba & Band approach tradition in very different ways.

The traditionally bound sounds in the United States and Africa are on offer today. Music from these two very different continents may be different – but it’s handled the best possible way by today's newcomers in the line-up.

AOIFE O’DONOVAN (US) is your right choice if you’re into earthbound, rustic and accessible folk and bluegrass with a progressive approach. Virtuoso refinement, genre leaps and general mischief are to be expected in this field of the genre.

JASON ISBELL & THE 400 UNIT (US) have taken the critically acclaimed album Southeastern out on the country roads. The acoustic-based songs deal with heartbreak and tell stories of complicated men in the vein of troubled country music. With his red-hot backing band The 400 Unit, Jason Isbell also delivers rocking, clear-blue-sky moments.

JUPITER & OKWESS INTERNATIONAL (CD) are ready to take Roskilde Festival with golden funk full of moist, melody and message. Both James Brown, The Meters, Fela Kuti and the traditional zebola spirit dance rhythms of DR Congo are along for the ride when the Congolese funk masters start up the party.

KING AYISOBA & BAND (GH) tour the West for the first time these years – with a band full of singers, musicians and dancers from home. The traditional music is based on a two-stringed lute called a kologo. Accompanied by his brother who plays a special North Ghanese horn, King Ayisoba has created his own bony kind of blues full of possessed rhythms, call-response covals og and hoarse beauty.

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Jason Isbell - photo: Michael Wilson
 

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