Out of Washington, D.C. comes “Olesafrica (Ojah Awake)” a new track off the forthcoming record Between 2 Worlds from Elikeh. Led by Togo-born Serge “Massama” Dogo, the group blends various styles of west-african styles — afrobeat, highlife, soukous — into a tight, forward moving sound that keeps one foot in the past and another towards the future.
The new track perfectly showcases the group’s solid musical chops with feverish guitar, a crescendo of brass and high-speed percussion to keep you moving. If this track is any indication of what the new album will sound like, we are in for a treat.
Between 2 Worlds was recording not only in Washington, D.C. but also Mali and Togo. It will be released on August 23rd via Azalea City.
Elikeh is playing a handful of dates on the east coast this summer. Catch ’em if you can.
07/28/2012: New York, NY– Joe’s Pub
08/24/2012: Washington, DC — Black Cat
08/25/2012: Pittsburgh, PA — Thunderbird Cafe