First published in fRoots issue 393, March 2016
Takhaudi Dékau: Inside the Chicken’s Mouth
Self-Released (58 mins)
Percussion and voice from the Guinean ensemble, led by a Brit and recorded in Gambia. Drums, balafon and gongomah (mbira-like lamellaphone) – with occasional bridge-harp and satongé sound-alike – intertwine with polyrhythms and polyphony in this as-traditional album. Good record, if mostly unremarkable.