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Afro Celts

  • Seed [RealWorld, 2003] C-

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Seed [RealWorld, 2003]
Another U.K. band Americans don't need--musically, we're all Afrocelts, and uilleann pipes have nothing to do with it. Not that they have much to do with this oleaginous fusion unit, where a predictable surfeit of Celts--or at least white people, given headman Simon Emmerson's highly Anglo-Saxon surname--have long favored electronics and such pan-world signifiers as bouzouki, tabla, and flamenco guitar. Right, the aim is spiritual deep down--a way for Wiccans who only go to church on Halloween to get in touch with their inner shamans. So two Africans beat their "tribal drums," as one admiring review ID'd them, while Emmerson and a late Pogue and a formerly Gaelic-only vocalist position themselves alongside a kora player whose hometown in Guinea has been electrified by a portion of their earnings. Next they should chip in some samplers. Music may come of this yet. C-