of: PETE LOCKETT'S NETWORK OF SPARKS FEATURING THE AKWAABA DRUM ORCHESTRA. PURCELL ROOM 16/7/01
Review by Mark Walker
For tonight's performance Pete
calls on an eclectic group of musicians to perform an amazingly varied yet coherent show. Opening with
Simon Limbrick on Balafon and
African master drummer Nana Tsiboe on
congas and djembe, while
Pete plays his trademark tablas, the trio create a trance like groove that ebbs and flows, setting up the audience for a very special evening. The highlight of the first half for me was a beautiful duet, in which
Pete takes a back seat role on the Spanish
cahon to accompany Nana's glorious M'bira and
harmonious vocals, that together produce a haunting and ethereal ambience.
More ethereal moments come in the second half of the show when Simon makes some incredible sounds by bowing the
vibraphone while Pete
creates some live sampled loops.
The stage is filled at times by the Akwaaba drum
orchestra, a disparate group of drummers who together make a fantastic and highly authentic
African sound to accompany Pete's stalwart solos.
Previous Network of Sparks collaborator
Bill Bruford comments in the interval, " I'd
forgotten how brilliant Pete is." Very true.
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