“Justin Adams is one of the most
intriguing and enthusiastic musicians in
“It is extraordinary what one can do with
a single string. This sound is more
exciting than a Led Zeppelin reunion”
The Winners of the BBC’s World Music Award Present Their 2nd Album
Innovative pioneer of Global Music, Justin Adams presents an astonishing LP that fuses the Sun Studio sound with Gambia.
In his second collaboration with master Gambian musician Juldeh Camara, an exciting new fusion is realized as Adams brings Clash-style punk energy to West African trance rhythm. . Camara plays a single string violin (riti) which sounds like a blues harp one minute and a Celtic fiddle the next. He is a celebrated Griot (preserver of history in song) in Gambia - a Homeric bard who carries the traditions of his forefathers. Adams, son of an itinerant diplomat, together with Jah Wobble, formed The Invaders of the Heart and went on to create a legacy that spawned a multitude of reinventions - from Robert Plant to Natacha Atlas.
From the pulsing rock and roll of “Kele Kele” to the gorgeous sprawl of “Tonia Yima”, the Sonic Youth-esque “Sahara” and the Muddy Waters influenced “Fulani Coochie Man”, Tell No Lies is a groundbreaking LP – a visceral electric fusion of Europe and Africa – a meeting of Western rock and African Griot.
Tell No Lies was recorded by Adam B Daniels at Real World Studios, December 2008 and Justin Adams at Black Earth Studios, November, December and January 2008-2009. Mixed and Mastered by Tim Oliver at Top Cat Studios, January 2009 and produced by Justin Adams. All the songs are written by Justin Adams and Juldeh Camara.
Personnel: Juldeh Camara - Vocals, Ritti, Kologo (two-string African Banjo) / Justin Adams - Electric and Acoustic Guitars, Vocals, Percussion, Piano, Bass / Salah Dawson Miller – Percussion / Mim Suleiman – Vocals / Billy Fuller - Electric and Upright Bass / Simon Edwards - Baby Bass
|02 Tonio Yima||04:18|
|03 Kele Kele (No Passport No Visa)||04:00|
|04 Fulani Coochie Man||04:36|
|06 Madam Mariama||03:09|
|08 Nangu Sobeh||04:57|
|09 Banjul Girl||03:30|
|11 Futa Jalo||05:28|