19 December 2017

Walking Wounded CD Well What? Do we have room for a new GRIOT ?

Walking Wounded are a 5 piece band from East London playing a wide variety of original material from Rock. Their “World Music” original compositions come mainly from the inspiration of guitarist Hugh Poulton, an original Punk musician who became converted to World Music through his work for Amnesty International in the Balkans. You can feel the influence of the Balkans in his composition Sebrenica and the fact that Hugh sings it in SerboCroat. He speaks Turkish and the Balkan languages and is the author of a book titles” “Who are the Macedonians?”

Later Hugh and his partner Christine Taylor branched out towards the roots of American music, by visiting West Africa. Titles on the “Well What?” CD (2013) include Go Go Bamako (a pop tune), Djoliba (the Bambara name for the Niger River) and La Falaise de Bandiagara, a beautiful place for hiking and for discovering the spiritual and philosophical beliefs of West Africa.

I recommend the CD for interesting – and unusual – World Music listening.

We already have Cheikh Hamala Diabaté as the official griot of VFoM; and Ana is a huge fan of Rokia Traoré and Fatima "Fatou" Diawara (and so am I), Habib Koita and Salif Keita! And locally of Hotel X. Then we have the wonderful Oregan Hill Folk led by Allan Levenberg Kouyaté. But there may still be room in our musical Segou Sister City Hall of Fame for my cousin Hugh Poulton and the Walking Wounded.

Walking Wounded Discography: http://walking-wounded.co.uk/wp/discography-new/

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