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3.00 | 16 ratings | 3 reviews | 7% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1976

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Doberela woulo (2:47)
2. Silifé (7:14)
3. Bèlé mama (8:21)
4. Bounsé na bounsé (5:10)
5. Tigerdance/Wind (6:28)
6. Brudarnas parti (5:57)

Total Time: 35:57

Line-up / Musicians

- Kenny Håkansson / guitar, vocals
- Mats Glenngård / violin, vocals
- Thomas Netzler / bass, vocals
- Pelle Ekman / drums, vocals
- Hassan Bah / congas, timbales, congoma, vocals

- Christoffer Okonkwo / soprano & tenor saxes, vocals

Releases information

LP Silence ‎- SRS 4636 (1976, Sweden)

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KEBNEKAJSE Ljus Från Afrika ratings distribution

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(7%)
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Review by ClemofNazareth
3 stars Well Paul Simon had ‘Graceland’, Manfred Mann had ‘Somewhere in Afrika’, and Osibisa had – well, pretty much their entire discography. And Kebnekaise took their own stab at an African-themed album, in this case ‘Ljus från Afrika’ which seems to wander between Saharan and Afro-Caribbean folk, with a few touches of both modern rock and what sometimes come across as mildly Celtic-sounding vocals (sung in Swedish as near as I can tell). Not that there’s a whole lot of singing though, as this is still principally an instrumental band.

I’m not going to spend a whole lot of time explaining this record; suffice it to say that it is clearly for collectors-only, as casual fans of Kebnekaise and of progressive folk in general won’t likely find this to be what they likely expect from a seventies Swedish folk band. The syncopated percussion, hand drums, chanted and layered vocals, and heavy world/ethnic feel to the music are one more example of the experimental nature of this band, but are a bit outside the norm even for a Swedish prog folk band (and I say that knowing several Swedish-language folk bands who have adopted liberal use of world sounds and instruments in their music).

The first album from these guys was a fairly straight-ahead rock offering, while their second was a collection of Latin-adapted traditional folk standards, and the third in the vein of more well-known European folk music. This time they leave the musical continent completely, except for in a few places like “Bounsé na Bounsé” where some tasty violin accents the pulsating dance rhythms quite well; or on “Tigerdance/Wind” where some spacey sound effects and heavy guitar add a different dimension (more violin here as well). The most realistic-sounding tune is “Silifé”, and even here the music could be as easily mistaken from something from Cuba or the Dominican Republic as from Saharan Africa.

And the band doesn’t completely get away from their earlier rocking sound, as evidenced mostly in the closing track “Brudarnas Parti” with its heavy guitar, fat electric bass line, and sassy brass (saxophone). This is a tune that would be just as at-home on a dance floor as it is on the band’s record album.

But for the most part this sounds a bit like Osibisa tunes played by white men, which is to say the rhythms are interesting but the overall mood seems a tad bit measured. This is not authentic African music, and like Manfred Mann’s similar attempt it shows. Unlike Mann though, these guys gave things a decent and honest effort, and for that I’m going to say this is a three star record. But I will warn away fans of more staid and refined progressive music; this might not exactly be up your alley.


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2 stars Graceland indeed............. This album is an oddity in Kebnekajse's discography. In fact, it is not. Kebnekajse changed style on almost every album. It is very difficult to pinpoint this band. Anyway, Kebnekajse went to Africa (West Africa to be more precise) and returned with an album whi ... (read more)

Report this review (#282469) | Posted by toroddfuglesteg | Tuesday, May 18, 2010 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Between their first and second albums Kebnekajse evolved from a four-piece to be nine men strong. (Not counting Turid who occasionally joined for live shows.) They lost one for the third album and on this, their fourth album, they have shrunk to five. This is the line-up that tours today. The ... (read more)

Report this review (#160789) | Posted by Frasse | Monday, February 4, 2008 | Review Permanlink

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