Oleleko

Oleleko (AfuriKo)
©2018 AfuriKo/Funnelljazz (ASCAP/SACEM)
Recorded by Charles Frossard at Studio MESA (Soignolles-en-Brie, France) on January 4, 2018.
Djembe solo playback filmed at home in New York City!
Available sheet music: guitar | keys | violin

Akiko Horii – percussion
Jim Funnell – piano, keyboard, keybass


Although “Oleleko” remains of unknown origin to us, it is most likely a cheerful West African song, which must have been passed on orally until it recently reached AfuriKo’s ears! The original djembe break at the beginning of the video was crafted by Akiko and weaved into the arrangement, while Jim added a few modulations in the melody and harmonized it in his own jazzy way, using block chords and drop 2 voicings extensively.


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