Posted in music | pictures on April 13, 2009

words & photos & by Jacob Blickenstaff

Extra Golden

New Africa Live presented a concert at Le Poisson Rouge in NYC on Saturday (4/11). The show featured a short film by Nikyatu Jusu, a solo acoustic set from Meta Dia and a full set from Thrill Jockey artists Extra Golden (who are on tour).

Unfortunately I missed the film, but the opening set from Senegal to Brooklyn transplant Meta provided a warm introduction to the evening. Normally seen with his full band, the Cornerstones, Meta played solo accompanying himself on a slightly mistuned guitar. He operated in a stripped down musical space easily comparable to Marley's "Redemption Song" : roots reggae delivered with a rich and engaging voice.

Headliners Extra Golden took the stage quickly afterwards, ripping straight in to their highly charged Kenyan/Afrobeat/sometimes rock creations. To break down the sound: 2 guitars (Ian Eagleson house left) in an interweaving dual lead with Alex Minoff who occasionally employed slide, bassist (not listed on the album) clawing bubbly arpeggiate figures, drummer Onyango Wuod Omari attacking the toms and hi-hat with octopus-like dexterity (sometimes taking lead vocal from the drummers chair) and Onyango Jogwari, vocalist, as the energy center of the proceedings.

Speaking of energy, there was initially some disconnect between the band and audience - LPR was set up in goth-cabaret mode with tables, chairs and food runners a-running. Extra Golden was rocking off-the hook and Onyago Jagwari, with a longing to connect, encouraged a mini seating rebellion several times which was finally successful for the last 2 songs.

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Comments (4)

BV - Something to research, maybe?

HOWBOWT Festival open to public at Vassar College, 4/24 2 PM - 2 AM

These United States
Horse Feathers
Tussle
Revision
Small Sur

+ student bands from Vassar and Wesleyan

contact for festival is nochilton at vassar.edu

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2009 9:34 PM

Great photos.
Oh man, just thinking of that WMFU thing last summer (The Ex, Extra Golden, etc). That was killer.

Posted by anonymouse | April 14, 2009 3:32 PM

is LPR always seated? i am going to toumani show on saturday night and will be DAMNED if i have to sit through it!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2009 3:54 PM

LPR is sometimes seated sometimes not depending on the programming and anticipated turnout. I think it is usually noted on the website

Posted by jacob | April 14, 2009 4:53 PM

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