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The Liberators - The Liberators
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The Liberators

The Liberators

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Released: 7th March 2011 | 10 track funk album
Sydney-based new afro-funk formation THE LIBERATORS can certainly be said to be off to a smoldering start; with their debut gig taking place at Russ Dewbury's famous Night At The Jazz Rooms, the liner notes of their debut album being written by Antibalas frontman Amayo (Daptone Records / Ropeadope / Afrosound Records), and the patronage of DJs such as Gilles Peterson (BBC 1), this group can count on some serious support! Not only does this 10 piece outfit include members of Dojo Cuts among its division, but for their first full-length they also call on the vocal talents of guests such as Jojo Kuo (Fela Kuti / Daktaris / Antibalas), Roxie Ray (Dojo Cuts / Underbelly) and Ghanian-born Afro Moses. The result is an incredible set of new afrobeat tunes and funky jazz-dance grooves proving the masterful musicianship of this band. The self-titled debut effort by The Liberators is a solid example of the type of new afro-inspired funk that is rivaling the greatness of classics from 70s Africa. With a fierce array of super heavy guitars, percussion, and horns all put together with a range of sounds that really portray the full spectrum of their style The Liberators serve up some sizzling treats! From opening stormer Multiculture, to the kicking rhythm of Rags To Riches, the uplifting Liberation or the jazzy inflections of Denga featuring legendary drummer JoJo Kuo on vocals, this album is a tightly delivered assortment of funky afrobeat tunes with a jazz-dance flavor. Turn on your air-conditioning people, the heat is on!
"This is one killer of an album...soulful, tough, funky, authentic. I can't recommend this highly enough!"
Snowboy, Blues & Soul Magazine
"A brand new album of rock solid afro-beat from The Liberators! Their eponymous debut is really worth checking!"
Dom Servini, WahWah45s/Echoes/Shook
"Some great heavy afro-inspired funk and groove. From the first guitar and horn licks to Jojo Kuo and Roxy Ray's vocal contributions, LOOK OUT!"
Blair Stafford, Jazz Rooms / Straightup
"Tasty Afrobeat and Funk from down under!"
Rolling Stone Magazine
"I dig it!!!"
Gilles Peterson, BBC 1
"“The Liberators are further proof that this music is happening in Australia, right here and now. I’m expecting great things!” "
Russ Dewbury, A Night At The Jazz Rooms
"The Liberators are tight, right and out of sight!! Funky like a packed train in the summertime!"
Ray Lugo, Kokolo
"That's some heavy shit! "
Terry Cole, Colemine Records