Sharawadji presents a fusion of Somadelia, Juju Space Jazz, Sahelian Generative, Nordic Throb and Post-Tribal Bliss (invented genres, to reflect the difficulty of categorising one’s music nowadays). Recorded and crafted in various locations over the years, the music paints an impression of the rhythms, melodies and sonic textures of its geographies: Lagos, Cotonou, Ouagadougou, Dakar, Fez, London, Barcelona, Berlin, Helsinki and Paris.
The release consists of outtakes from my forthcoming Interspaces and Earth Variations albums as well as from the previous Flash of the Spirit, Pulses/Radiance and Sahara albums – featuring also the Beninese virtuoso Noel Saizonou of Helsinki-Cotonou Ensemble on vocals and percussion, and the Syrian bass legend Omar Harb on bass. It also includes a previously unreleased track from LOS-HEL: Possible Cities, with a Lagos Soundscape by Emeka Ogboh.
‘Sharawadji’ refers to an aesthetic effect that characterizes the feeling of plenitude that is sometimes created by the contemplation of a sound motif or a complex soundscape of inexplicable beauty. It is the sublime of the everyday.
A digital-only album, the Bandcamp release features extended album artwork in addition to the high quality audio download. The album will be available on all the other streaming platforms 11 February.
All tracks written, performed and mixed by Ilpo Jauhiainen
‘Ceremony’ cowritten by Ari Koskinen; steam synth. bass rumble and original drum programming by Ari Koskinen
‘Agbo’ & ‘Tchinkumin’ cowritten by Noel Saizonou; vocals (Agbo) and percussions by Noel Saizonou. Recorded by Heta Kaisto and Petteri Mäkiniemi
‘Dusk Melody’ cowritten by Omar Harb; melodic bass by Omar Harb
Lagos Soundscape on ‘Possible City’ by Emeka Ogboh
Produced by Ilpo Jauhiainen
Mastered by Gregor Zemljic at Earresistible Mastering
Cover art and design by Ilpo Jauhiainen
Released January 1, 2022