Afrobeat kan være en rimelig formel, steril og til tider endda småkedelig affære i hænderne på mange af Fela Kutis’ beundrere verden over. Men heldigvis er det ikke tilfældet med Onom Agemo.
Anført af den rastløse saxofonist Johannes Schleiermacher har den Berlin-baserede kvintet (denne aften flankeret af eksil-aarhusianer og dansk-mozambiquisk sangerinde Natalie Greffel) skubbet genrens grænser til dets mest ekstreme, inkorporeret eksplosive jazz-improvisationer, langt ude-krautrock, boblende keyboard og psykedeliske elementer, som tilsammen skaber en tryllebindende musikalsk melange, der er sin helt egen.
Onom Agemo & the Disco Jumpers’ seneste og andet album Liquid Love er intet mindre end en afrobeat-bombe, og deres nyligt udgivne syv-tommer er mere ørkenblues- og boogie-inspireret og indspillet sammen med den malisiske guitarist Ahmed Ag Kaedi.
Natalie Greffel (voc)
Johannes Schleiermacher (sax, key)
Jörg Anton Hochapfel (key)
Karl-Heinz Zeier (g)
Karl-Erik Enkelmann (b)
Bernd Serhan Özsevim (drm)
Interview med Johannes Schleiermacher
What can the audience expect from the show?
“African rhythm patterns with European minimalism, psychedelic rock and free jazz plus the endless energy of speaking, singing and screaming Natalie Greffel.”
What do you think of Natalie Greffel, who will be joining you this evening?
“She is a musical chameleon who can deal with a lot of different material but always gives a strong statement. I love to fall in musical ecstasy with her. It becomes very natural to exceed boundaries.”
What merch do you bring?
“We bring CDs of our last two albums und various 45s including our latest single with tuareg singer and guitar player Ahmed Ag Kaedy from Mali.”
Which song do you prefer performing live?
“I am looking forward to play some songs of our upcoming album.”
How have your most recent concerts been?
“Francois Lana wrote: “They have proved that it is perfectly possible to keep one’s feet firmly on the dance floor while heading for the stars in a glittering spaceship.””
Which live act (band and/or artist) is your favorite – and why?
“I recently heard the Polyversal Souls with Guy One and I loved it. There are a lot of fusion projects with European bands and African front. It’s quite modern to pick up some old stars and sometimes it works great, sometimes not. Sometimes the concept is more important than the music. Guy One is a young guy, full of energy and spirit and the band is not just backing him, but creates a unique sound and a new space where everybody seems to feel home. A great example of intercultural fusion!”
How would you describe your latest album, “Liquid Love”?
“I love the plane atmosphere of the title song. I think it’s hot and cold at the same time. Empties my head and makes my feet want to move. “Opus” is also a very strong track, picks up elements of Moroccan gnawa music and takes them to krautrock and leads into ecstasy. We first played this song on our first trip to Morocco and I think you can find a lot of influence of the trance music from this country. “Weird Panda King” is a great song by our guitar player Kalle Zeier. And there is a suite with three guest singers (Olga Xavier, Maria Schneider and Natalie Greffel). They sing like a mosaic. Greeting one melody together and slowly develop it. It’s a great trip through different worlds and rhythms.”
What are your plans for the summer and the autumn?
“We have a tour with Ahmed Ag Kaedy in beginning of July. We will play new arrangements of his songs and experiment with the desert blues. Ahmed writes songs with very strong words. He is a calm guy but has a lot to say. In Autumn we release our third album “Magic Polaroid”. I am looking very much forward to go on release tour in Autumn.”