With Chanukah, Christmas and Kwanzaa in full swing we might all need a little energy boost, so here's some super-positive fuel from Blitz the Ambassador from his set at WOMEX 2011 in Copenhagen.
The multi-level Koncerthuset was the setting for four nights of world music of every possible shade, from ethnographic to eclectic. Blitz the Ambassador is surely one of the latter, and one of those hard to categorize artists; he's an amalgam of Ghanaian and Western influences, taking what he likes best from each to create his music and his message. If you think you hear Afrobeat, Hip Hop or HighLife coming off the stage, you're right. It's all there, and the music had the audience swinging and swaying.
"Akwaaba" from Blitz's most recent release Native Sun is a fairly straightforward song, that explains itself.
The Embassy Ensemble provided a tight backup (albeit a few a"brown notes" on the horns... but hey, it's hard to play and dance at the same time) and deserve mention: Ezra Brown on sax, Clemens Braun on trombone, the appropriately named Sydney Driver on kit, Raja Cassis on guitar and Ramon de Bruyn on bass.
Blitz will also be performing at Webster Hall on January 7. To find out more about the artist go to:blitz.mvmt.com/