How’s this for a melting pot of ideas, genres and sounds! Àbáse is the name of Hungarian producer and multi-instrumentalist Szabolcs Bognar. He is on a musical quest to make global grooves of unity by pulling together different strands of music and culture. This has led Àbáse to a fusion of West African and Brazilian music channelling their energy through electronica driven hip-hop, new-soul and jazz. It is a real mix up but it’s also seamlessly woven together. Àbáse uses the woodwind instruments to jazz things up, the grooves feel like they borrow from both regions and so it sounds like everywhere at once. Interestingly, Àbáse is the Yoruban word for ‘collaboration’. This seems to be woven into the very fabric of his work.
‘Agangatolú’ is the new single from Àbáse’s forthcoming debut album ‘Laroyê’. It speaks of everything mentioned above and is a joyous jam. The song is based on a traditional Candomblé song. Candomblé is a religion founded by Africans who settled in Brazil in the 19th Century. It perfectly showcases the joining of Africa and Brazil in culture and music. ‘Agangatolú’ is out now, and you can listen to the track below. The album ‘Laroyê’ is currently scheduled for release in November 2021. You can find out more about Àbáse on Facebook.
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