Friday, October 11, 2013

Winston McAnuff Meets Afrobeat Master Tony Allen

How about this for a dream collaboration? Roots reggae veteran Winston McAnuff in combination with original Afrobeat drummer Tony Allen. Sound too good to be true? 

That's exactly what we get on the forthcoming album from Winston McAnuff & Fixi titled A New Day out October 21 on Parisian label Chapter Two

Jamaican singer McAnuff is best known for his 1986 album Electric Dread. He returned to the music scene in 2005 and has been mostly collaborating with European producers.

A New Day  features tracks like "I'm A Rebel," a nice roots reggae-meets-world music hybrid that calls to mind everything from Peter Tosh to Burning Spear, or even French reggae/funk band The Dynamics.

Allen's presence is best heard on "You And I," a fantastic traditional Afrobeat shaker featuring Jamaican singer McAnuff's gentle voice, great brass arrangements and, of course, Tony's spectacular, one-of-a-kind rhythm. Fixi (a.k.a. Francois Xavier Bossard) contributes musette (French accordion) vibes that fit the track perfectly. Trust me, this is a rare meeting of artistic minds, and a must have album. Snap it up on October 21!  

We didn't have advance clips of the new EP to post just yet, but we did find a nice remix of "A New Day." It's more of a downtempo club thing, but nice nonetheless!