Orouni - Speedball (feat. Emma Broughton)
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posted 08 Sep 2018 by Krister Axel
With the sweet vaudevillian vocals of Emma Broughton, we have a cross-genre live gem that melds influences from Leonard Cohen, The Kinks and Stereolab.

Here at CHILLFILTR, we love live music and live performance videos. There is something about the cooperation between live performers that highlights the intricacy and complexity of human interaction in such beautiful ways. It can also serve as a highlight for unusual instruments, like the wood-block xylophone played by Orouni which is a balafon, originating in Mali about 900 years ago. Roots instruments are making a comeback, and Africa is rich with that kind of heritage.

With other elements from Portugal, which is where the cavaquinho is from, and staples like a trumpet, and flute: we have an amalgam of epochs, styles, and sensibilities. The synergy here is multipart, and it merges well beneath the steady agogô pattern on the balafon. It’s truly a world party, and with the sweet vaudevillian vocals of Emma Broughton, we have a cross-genre live gem that melds influences from Leonard Cohen, The Kinks and Stereolab.

The instruments played here are:

  • Emma Broughton: vocals, flute
  • Steffen Charron: guitar
  • Antoine Kerninon: snare drum
  • Orouni: balafon, cavaquinho, vocals
  • Raphaël Thyss: trumpet, omnichord

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Krister Bjornson Axel

Morristown, New York

Paris, France. Madison, Wisconsin. Los Angeles. Ashland, Oregon. Ottawa. I write music, I write about music, and I write code. See also: photography, prose, podcasting. I have 1 gorgeous wife, 2 amazing kids, and many interests.


Recent Awards: 2020 ND (Photo) Honorable Mention, 2020 Accenti Writing Contest Finalist


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