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The Embassadors Healing the Music

  • Words: Scott Thill
  • Label: Nonplace
  • XLR8R Rating: 8/10

An international music team-up that produces everything from smoky jazz to hybrid reggae, The Embassadors created an earthbound spacewalk with Healing the Music. Led by the emotional vocals of Michel Ongaru, who transcribed Embassadors architect Hayden Chisolm’s English lyrics into sung Swahili, the group’s tracks, like the measured, slow-burning “Wimbo Wa Wana” and laid-back “Chema Chajiuza,” are addictive sonic exercises. The head-bobbing bass of “Tenda Wema Dub” would probably fill Angelo Badalamenti with jealousy, while the Caribbean bounce of “Jipe Moyo” just begs for some Dennis Alcapone toasting. It’s as fascinating as it is chilled.

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