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Sen Jak

Ezel

Bayacou Records
BYC06 | 2018-10-19  
Made in honor of the lwa Papa Ogou Sen Jak also known as Ogou Balendjo, a central figure in Haitian and Dominican Vodou tradition, this collection of tracks further expresses Ezel's vision of utilizing his art as a creative vessel to carry the dancer's mind and soul towards the realm of Spirit.

Things start off with 'Sen Jak' featuring the vocals of influential Haitian singer James Germain. Known for giving voice to some of the most beautiful modern day renditions of classic Vodou songs, he was a perfect fit for this project. Him and Ezel managed to create this dance floor gem that depart from Ezel's signature afro tech sound into a new realm in which troubadour sounds and instruments like the accordion and the saxophone helped convey a folksy vibe that reminisces the Caribbean islands.

Next is 'Awoshenago', a carnivalesque instrumental jam where a main central melody line is brought forward by several instruments creating a rising tide of sonic goodness. After that is 'Papa Loko' a popular song within Vodou, here re-imagined in a very soulful rendition with help from Haitian singer Christina Laguerre.

Finally there is 'Ogou Priye', an acoustic song that came to be as the opening prayer/improvisation by James and Ezel as they prepared to start working on 'Sen Jak', praying to Papa Ogou to oversee and become present in the studio session. Although not oriented to a dance floor setting, Ezel wanted to include it as he feels it represents the essence of what was sought with the creation of this EP: a sense of connection and understanding of the higher truth that permeates our art, departing from us to the discerned listener/dancer worldwide.


1. Ezel ft. James Germain - Sen Jak (Original Mix)
2. Ezel ft. James Germain - Sen Jak (Instrumental Mix)
3. Ezel - Awoshenago
4. Ezel ft. Christella Laguerre - Papa Loko
5. Ezel ft. James Germain - Priye Ogou


Credits:

All songs produced by Ezel
Rhodes, Wurlitzer, Percussion, Bass, 
Synths and Drums performed by Ezel

Track 1 & 5 written by Ezel & James Germain
Vocals Performed by James Germain
Sax performance by Gelson Henriquez
Track 4 Vocals performed by Christella Laguerre

Recorded and Mixed by Ezel @ Bayacou Studios
Executive Producer: Ezel

Awo Ashe Nago Papa Sen Jak

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