Sankofa “Let’s Go Get Stoned” (ft. Ndidi Onukwulu)
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Dom Flemons of the Carolina Chocolate Drops and Sankofa, was the recent subject of our Monthly Feature. To learn more read Dom Flemons: At the Crossroads of Sound: The Turnstyled Junkpiled Interview. Turnstyled Junkpiled has the hook-up for one lucky reader to win Sankofa’s The Uptown Strut and the DVD Chasin’ Gus’ Ghost.
About The Uptown Strut and Chasin’ Gus’ Ghost:
In February 2006, Sankofa Strings, a progressive collective comprised of percussionist Sule Greg Wilson along with multi-instrumentalist Dom Flemons and singer Rhiannon Giddens, from the Grammy-Award Winning Carolina Chocolate Drops, were taped in concert for inclusion in the award-winning jug band documentary Chasin’ Gus’ Ghost, a film which chronicles a worldwide quest to assemble a comprehensive lineage to Gus Cannon, a seminal figure in the history of American music.
In the 1920s, Gus helmed Cannon’s Jug Stompers, one of America’s premiere jug bands, whom regularly delighted rambunctious sold-out crowds from Alabama to New York with a showstopper called “Minglewood Blues”. Four decades later, the era-defining tune was re-christened as “New, New Minglewood Blues,” appearing on the 1967 debut album by a Bay-area jug band called the Grateful Dead.
Duly impressed by Sankofa Strings and their refreshing melting pot of century-old traditional string band music, jazz, folk and blues coated in the context of modern arrangement, Chasin’ Gus’ Ghost Producer/director Todd Kwait offered the band an opportunity to record an album at Nevessa Production in Woodstock, NY, a studio that specializes in recording acoustic orchestras. Three years later, the group took Kwait up on his offer.
Along with original Sankofa Strings members Flemons and Wilson (Giddens had just given birth to her first child and could not make the sessions), The Uptown Strut took shape in the summer of 2009 with the esteemed vocal ambiance of Canadian singers, Ndidi Onukwulu and Allison Russell, whom gracefully take turns up front while also augmenting one another. Dom and Sule Greg are also interspersed throughout as lead vocal captivators.
Joining the groundbreaking ensemble for their historical exploration was John Sebastian, founder of the Lovin’ Spoonful, a Rock ‘N Roll Hall Fame Inductee immensely popular in the late ‘60s that drew inspiration from and paid tribute to jug band music, and pianist Professor Louie, a recent Blues Hall of Fame Inductee, whom fondly remembers the spirited sessions, “While working together in the studio, I realized that all the members of Sankofa have a very deep understanding of music and heritage. As the sessions went on, I felt we all had the same love and understanding of this music.”
To preview tracks from The Uptown Strut or to purchase the album, visit: http://www.amazon.com/The-Uptown-Strut/dp/B0073UGSO2
Fore more information on Chasin’ Gus’ Ghost, visit: http://chasingusghost.com
Chasin’ Gus’ Ghost Trailer
Contest deadline is Wednesday June 20, 2012.