Music

Eric Bibb – ‘Global Griot’

Eric Bibb – Global Griot

Label: Stony Plain Records

On the heels of Eric Bibb’s Grammy nominated Migration Blues comes his most ambitious project to date, which, considering the artist in question, is saying a lot. Here’s yet another artist attempting to make sense of the supposedly turbulent times we’re living in (as if that’s anything new), with songs that tackle the current state of affairs in the world, peppered with socio/political commentary, including our desire for conspicuous consumption (“We Don’t Care,” the album’s first single). The music itself sounds a whole lot better than any description of it. On Global Griot, Eric Bibb’s new 2-CD set, he adapts the West African oral storytelling tradition with his own background of blues, folk and world music to create a collection of insightful and inspiring grooves. Where else do Pre-war blues mixed with West African rhythms find such contemporary relevance, and weave such a beautiful spell?

Track Listing, Act One:

Gathering of the Tribes – featuring Solo Cissokho

Wherza Money At

Human River

What’s He Gonna Say Today

Brazos River Blues

We Don’t Care – featuring Habib Koité

Black, Brown & White

Listen for the Spirit

Hoist up the Banner

Mami Wata / Sebastian’s Tune – featuring Habib Koité

Send Me Your Jesus

A Room For You

Remember Family

Act Two:

Race & Equality

Grateful

All Because

Spirit Day – featuring Solo Cissokho

Let God

Last Night I had the Strangest Dream

Picture a New World (instrumental)

New Friends – featuring Linda Tillery

Mole in the Ground

Michael, Row da Boat Ashore

Needed Time

To preview or purchase this album on iTunes, click here.

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