[Harp-L] Afrobeat

Ian Osborn arctys@xxxxx
Mon Oct 16 19:47:02 EDT 2017

Sounds like a lot of fun !!! I'm a big Fela Kuti fan, especially "everything scatter", a great great song, such a cool vibe with this song...


> On Oct 16, 2017, at 3:49 PM, David Fairweather <dmf273 at xxxxx> wrote:
> Had an unusual gig last night.  I was asked to play with a 15 piece
> Afrobeat band for a big party celebrating the birthday of Fela Kuti.   Just
> one song "Upside Down" in Dm.   I switched between a C harp in 3rd position
> and a Lee Oskar Dm harp.   The switching for partly for visual effect - the
> C harp was an Easttop with white cover plates - but also just for some
> chordal variety.    I soloed with the Lee Oskar.   It was a lot of fun
> playing music outside the blues box.   The horn lines on that song are
> pretty simple harmonically - I could have played them on either harp - but
> the timing has to be quick and precise against a polyrhythmic background.
> Keeps you on your toes!

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