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Sample Track 1:
"Canto Por Odudua" from Ancients Speak
Sample Track 2:
"Mojuba" from Ancients Speak
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Ancients Speak
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Melvin Gibbs' Elevated Entity, An-
cients Speak, LiveWired Music

"When the ancients speak, descendents listen."
-- "Ancients Speak"

Throughout Ancients Speak, programmer/bassist Melvin Gibbs (Defunkt, Ronald Shannon Jackson's Decoding Society) combines funk, hip-hop, Afrobeat, and other sympathetic sounds.

On "Canto por Odudua," he ev-
en throws a little psychedelia in-
to the mix. Gibbs' multi-talented
collaborators include DNA's Arto
Lindsay (co-producer), Medeski,
Martin and Wood's John Med-
eski (keyboards), and P-Funk's Blackbyrd McKnight (guitar).

In his openness to a variety of African-oriented genres, Gibbs'
fabulous confabulation—27 musicians altogether—recalls Bill
Laswell's ever-evolving Material supergroup. Though I didn't
like "Macumba" at first, even that growly, beat-heavy num-
ber eventually won me over. For open-minded groove ad-
dicts: he offers the perfect prescription for your condition.

By: Kathy Fennessy 03/17/09 >> go there
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