I first met Samuel Yirga whilst he was at Real World Studios recording with Dub Colossus in 2008 - it seemed like he never stopped playing the piano and taking him for an impromptu meeting with the Imperial concert grand Bösendorfer that was then hiding at the back of Peter Gabriel’s Writing Room sticks in the mind as one of those amazing Real World experiences and resulted in a track on the first Dub Colosuss EP. In November of 2010 he was back at the studios recording his debut solo album. Some of the photographs from the recording sessions and the mixing in February this year have been on my screen of late as promotion and design of the finished album begins to ramp up.
Filming his performance of ‘Ambassel in Box Revisited (Live)’ in The Wood Room at Real World was a stand out moment - with the unfazable Scott Barnett (at Real World Studios on a placement from the Tonmeister course at University of Surry’s Institute of Sound Recording) providing us with lovely sound.
Real World Records are giving away a track Habasha Diaspora (Addis Piano Mix) on Samuel Yirga’s Facebook page.
JuJu’s ‘In Trance’ is a project that’s been on my screen and in my ears of late - the album is released on Real World Records today.
JuJu are a band band formed out of many months of intensive touring in support of their previous album ‘Tell No Lies’ by guitarist Justin Adams and ritti (a single-string West African fiddle) maestro Juldeh Camara.
Justin, Juldeh, graphic designer Marc Bessant and I gathered at the end of February to photographically capture the mood of ‘In Trance’ for the cover and promotion of the release. Marc’s composite on the album cover is drawn from a set of long exposures with Justin and Juldeh moving in heavily saturated light that emerged from our experiments that day.
A few weeks down the line and I was back in The Rehearsal room a Real World Studios attempting to capture some of the same mood - I still owe Mark Aitken lunch and many thanks for his amazingly generous and enthusiastic assistance on the day.
Listen on Spotify to JuJu’s ‘In Trance
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