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Afro Celt Sound System — Ayub's Song - As You Were
Album: Seed
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6.8

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Total ratings: 1070









Released: 2003
Length: 7:29
Plays (last 30 days): 1
(Instrumental)
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The band split has been fixed, and a fresh Afro Celt Sound System us recording and touring. I know -I saw them in Nottingham a month ago and they gave a very energetic gig. Their latest incarnation is far more Afro than Celt, fronted by a cora player from Guinea who gives it some welly, and is nicknamed the Jimi Hendrix of the cora. I personally prefer more Celt than Afro but still have their latest two discs.
Lovely to hear first thing in the morning., cranked up in the headphones.
 RParadise wrote:

The same group put out three albums before this as Afro Celt Sound System.  They produced others after as well.  This was one of their best, but they still perform and record.  Put out one just last year.
 

They have a pretty solid back catalog, both as Afro Celts and Afro Celt Sound System.  This album, Seed, is excellent.  Unfortunately the band has splintered into two parts, neither of which is as good as the collective was.
 Kokoloco53 wrote:
One great album. A one shot wonder. They don't seem to have recorded anything else. But that makes this African Celtic mesh all that more important.
 

They have recorded quite a bit. 
 Kokoloco53 wrote:
One great album. A one shot wonder. They don't seem to have recorded anything else. But that makes this African Celtic mesh all that more important.
 
The same group put out three albums before this as Afro Celt Sound System.  They produced others after as well.  This was one of their best, but they still perform and record.  Put out one just last year.
One great album. A one shot wonder. They don't seem to have recorded anything else. But that makes this African Celtic mesh all that more important.
 jhorton wrote:
{#Boohoo}


 
Ah just grand again - Liverdance ...
What a consistent, synergistic, virtuosic blend of cultures. Wow!
This band kinda reminds me of the Moody Blues.......nice   {#Smile}
{#Boohoo}{#Clap} I love this band! More of it!

This song reminds me of Alan Stivell! 
I didn't hear the Afro part of the song, but I liked it very much nonetheless :) 
{#Boohoo}

Iarla O'Lionaird has a big voice in concert and it sets the stage for this piece.  Excellent.
 Adlernebel wrote:
Ich liebe diese band , ein genialer mix aus afro, world und elektronic

 
AFRO - aha!!!
GOES EXTREMELY ON MY NERVES!
 gvan wrote:
Gotta small head...

Gotta smaaall heeead...

 
Bwaaa ha ha ha!  That's all I hear now.  
ROCK AND ROLL!!!!!!!! \m/
This song is full of iPhone buzzes.
Saw these guys do this in a staid theatre and bring it to life.
Ditto...Buzzin' Fly.

 
RabbitEars wrote:
i thought for a minute i heard tim buckley. 

 


i thought for a minute i heard tim buckley. 
 Adlernebel wrote:
Ich liebe diese band , ein genialer mix aus afro, world und elektronic
 

...yeah, it was an instant like from me the first time i heard them...

...although their music can get monotonous in large doses, it's brilliantly refreshing in moderation...they may eptiomise a dated nineties-era aesthetic but i don't care; i love it...
Ich liebe diese band , ein genialer mix aus afro, world und elektronic
could use some focus, a bit wandering in a bad way
It's a grower. I wasn't so keen at the outset but somehow I ended up really liking it. 
Not bad!
Puts me in mind of Tim Buckley.
 mfr wrote:
does anyone have the lyrics + translation for this song?
 

Doesn't appear to be there but the site will interest you...

https://www.afrocelts.org/wst_page6.html


 finoufk wrote:

Is there a difference between the groups "afrocelts" and " afro celt sound system" ?


  Here's the info you required..........

Notes: For their fourth album, the band dropped the "Sound System" from its name and became known simply as Afro Celts.  In interviews, Simon explained that the collective had evolved into a true band, and as such the "Sound System" moniker

https://www.afrocelts.org/wst_page2.html

does anyone have the lyrics + translation for this song?
Gotta small head...

Gotta smaaall heeead...


Is there a difference between the groups "afrocelts" and " afro celt sound system" ?


Love the dimensions to this song
A wee bit overwrought to my ears...
... now if I could just spell in my language gjones wrote:
The universl language and this one is real sweet!

 


The universl language and this one is real sweet!

Anyone hear a Buckley influence? I mean beyond the obvious African influence?
It's strange. But I'm actually liking it.
Capercaillie would be nice right now!
They resurrected Tim Buckley!
Nice...and get's a little chaotic and noisy toward the end.
I love this album.
I actually came across them in my local library.
They have music CDs there.
Great music.

ha ha funny but right. too much guiness and broth on this one for me nigelr wrote:
There's a lesson here......too much Guinness spoils the broth! (lol)
Alifreckles50 wrote:
is that a flute or a tin whistle? whatever it is, it sounds good!
fish whistle
Excellent. Hearing this type of music is why I listen to RP.
is that a flute or a tin whistle? whatever it is, it sounds good!
auburntigerrich wrote:
What a great cut! I've never heard this one from ACSS... I've heard comments that Seed is one of their weakest albums, but I'm considering this one to my collection. The fiddle and flute are marvelous! Musical magic.
I think Seed is their strongest, most cohesive album. Less heavy beats, perhaps a bit more varied. But it strings its songs together in a way that the other albums don't.
There's a lesson here......too much Guinness spoils the broth! (lol)
Superb. RP brought the AfroCelts to me and I can't that it enough! Loving this...the genres just fit together so bloody well.
GENIUS transition from Golden Palominos to this...Bill, you continue to amaze. Another donation on the way, RP. Still a split personality tune for me, though it's definitely grown. Quite likeable.
blinkblink wrote:
I like afro and celtic music. This works for me.
They're awesome live with constant layer sampling and audio soundscapes.
What a great cut! I've never heard this one from ACSS... I've heard comments that Seed is one of their weakest albums, but I'm considering this one to my collection. The fiddle and flute are marvelous! Musical magic.
Just to echo some earlier sentiments, I highly recommend Ayub Ogada to anyone who likes African music, and to anyone who doesn't yet. His song "Kothbiro" was on the soundtrack of the film "The Constant Gardener," a beautiful haunting melody that is in my personal iTunes Top 25 plays (out of 4000+ tracks).
The juxtaposition of these musical genres is pure magic! I love it! Check out the awsome guitar near the end.
sleepy...making me sleepier....
nice blend of musical influences
Geez you guys - do you really expect a band called AfroCELTS not to have some Celtic influences? I for one think the "drivel" is great!
I really like this, the guys voice is soothing...beautifully executed and the arrangement flows.
Wow! A masterfully played song, with a wonderful multilayered texture. The African and Celtic elements move and change in ways that compliment each other very nicely. I'm going to have to find more of this music!
LOL! I was just thinking the same thing, weak ending! If you like the African jam prior to this, check out Baaba Maal, I was wondering if that was even his band playing on this cut. rexi wrote:
first song from these guys i actually like! edit: i take that back. the end is the same violinny, celtic drivel as ever...
first song from these guys i actually like! edit: i take that back. the end is the same violinny, celtic drivel as ever...
AfroCelt keep growing in me with every song I hear. So much creativity and style, all their own. Keep it coming!
The jig sounds a great deal like the incidental music from Boondock Saints. Much to like.
As far as I am concerned, they could have skipped right to the jig, which is lovely, and left out the part before it.
huebdoo wrote:
I love the blend of styles.... very cool
Yup Me too. :yes: :yes: :yes: I'm vainly looking for an Afro-Irish smiley !!
blinkblink wrote:
I like afro and celtic music. This works for me.
Ditto here blink. Wonder what other African groups think of this mix? :drummer:
I like afro and celtic music. This works for me.
I love the blend of styles.... very cool
Cruithne3753 wrote:
"Flattley Michael, I don't Riverdance"
tee.
MuadDib wrote:
I was wondering what Michael Flatley was up to these days.......
"Flattley Michael, I don't Riverdance"
squarky wrote:
Completely agree. Checked the comments to see if anyone else felt that way. Steve Hogarth is name.
Wow! Someone else knows about Marillion here! I'd LOVE to hear some Marillion on RP... (hint hint, Bill!) <-o< :notworthy:
dapower wrote:
Diddle E-I Yawn....
Agreed - stick on a bit of sean-nos and make us really suffer
Split personality tune(s)...the first half's just so-so, the second half uplifting. Guess I'll split the difference with a 7.
as the song goes on, it seems to be getting better. was a 4, now a 5. Ed. now it is officially a 6.
Diddle E-I Yawn....
You need something to take your mind off of Michael Flatley? Go listen to "Gloomy Sunday" by Heather Nova. That's one soulful, soothing piece of music right there.
tony99 wrote:
Every country has at least one person they would rather forget ... in this case Ireland has MF ... :-&
Ireland is just glad he's not actually from there.
squarky wrote:
Completely agree. Checked the comments to see if anyone else felt that way. Steve Hogarth is name.
It DOES have a Hogarth-esque quality to it, you're right. Likeable tune.
MuadDib wrote:
I was wondering what Michael Flatley was up to these days.......
Every country has at least one person they would rather forget ... in this case Ireland has MF ... :-&
whee! This song always gets me moving. :)
I was wondering what Michael Flatley was up to these days.......
sbrute wrote:
Singer sounds like the lead singer for Marillion (post-Fish, that is)
Completely agree. Checked the comments to see if anyone else felt that way. Steve Hogarth is name.
The first part of this song works as background music for me at the desk -- nothing too remarkable or unpleasant. Then the little jig thingie starts up towards the end of the song, and it becomes difficult to continue working...I feel compelled to stop and listen, then check the comments. I'm glad to see I'm not the only one here who likes this one. I agree with the previous comment about playing Afro Celts as music background for just doing stuff. Works for me.
chasech5 wrote:
Very nice. A great, great adaptaion by the Afro Celts of Ayub Ogada, whose out-of-print album (last I checked) is a marevelous example of minimalist instrumentation in African music Luckily many, if not all of Ogada'stracks are available on iTunes. Don't know about elsewhere.
I've uploaded Ogada's "Obiero" ("Plus from Us" version), and it's in the review queue. Lovely tune.
Skeletor wrote:
Interesting. This is the more "Celt" part of Afro-Celt, I suppose. I expect any minute now a little leprechaun to come dancing out of me speakers.
Ah! Thank the Emerald Isle, ya said 'speakers'.
Magically delicious!
Pyro wrote:
The background vocals are Africani, and there is some African thumb piano in there, too, I believe. Perhaps we'll be seeing a leprechaun as well as an African warrior (?) come dancing out....
Or maybe we get a leprechaun with a loin cloth and a wicked-looking spear. Don't mess with him, man. He's righteous. 8)
I used to know this kid in high school we called ayub. I doubt this song is about him though, he wasn't the kind of guy anyone would ever write a song about. I'm pretty sure he's selling used cars or a cold-calling insurance salesman now.
Skeletor wrote:
I expect any minute now a little leprechaun to come dancing out of me speakers.
if you even THINK you see the leprechaun, cllick on the HELP button of your computer. or just go to the kitchen and grab a bowl of green hearts and pink clovers and little marshmallow thingies.
:nodhead: :sunny.gif:
Wow...this just makes me happy! :music:
:butt: :whip: Cheek-jiggin' music
AfroCeltScramble :propeller.gif: :-({|= : :headache.gif:
Skeletor wrote:
Interesting. This is the more "Celt" part of Afro-Celt, I suppose. I expect any minute now a little leprechaun to come dancing out of me speakers.
The background vocals are Africani, and there is some African thumb piano in there, too, I believe. Perhaps we'll be seeing a leprechaun as well as an African warrior (?) come dancing out....
Tux wrote:
As I was going over my ratings, I noticed that this album got both very good and very bad notes from me. This tune got a 8. Two others got a marginal 2. Not seen that happening on a single album that often. Funny.
Tux, I agree with you. This happens to be the only AfroCelts song I have not muted within the first 30 seconds.
LOVE this band!
a good album not to really listen to. rather just put it on and go on with whatever it is you do. My 9-year old loves this song. it's my favorite on the album. the al dimeola guitar or harp thing is over the top imho all in all I like the group
Interesting. This is the more "Celt" part of Afro-Celt, I suppose. I expect any minute now a little leprechaun to come dancing out of me speakers.
I like the albums with the multi-colored WOMAD spine much better than this latest one.
Very nice. A great, great adaptaion by the Afro Celts of Ayub Ogada, whose out-of-print album (last I checked) is a marevelous example of minimalist instrumentation in African music Luckily many, if not all of Ogada'stracks are available on iTunes. Don't know about elsewhere.
As I was going over my ratings, I noticed that this album got both very good and very bad notes from me. This tune got a 8. Two others got a marginal 2. Not seen that happening on a single album that often. Funny.
ludwig7 wrote:
Although some of these guys' tunes get old after a few listens, this one is complex enough to have grown on me over time. Do they have a "best of" CD out yet?
Not exactly, but try seeking out "Pod", a two disc set which consists of remixes of their best tunes from their previous CD's stitched together to form a kind of non-stop dance groove CD, and a second disc which is a DVD of some of their live performances and a couple of videos shot for some of their more recent tracks. Have not seen/heard it myself, but it sounds interesting. Anyone out there heard this one?
Thank you! :D eclipse601 wrote:
AAAAgggh. What's with the fade-out at the end? Where's my WHACK? :P
Yeah.
A girl gave me their first disc down on a dock the yacht harbor in Grenada. Kind of forever linked to that trip for me. I've bought everything of theirs since. Good shit.
AAAAgggh. What's with the fade-out at the end? Where's my WHACK? :P
Neat stuff. Great musicianship too. And how often is it the name of a band accurately describes their music?
:puke:
Liking these guys more and more! :cheers:
the end of this is the best!!!! twas a 5, now moved to a 7. yes.
GregX59 wrote:
You could have programmed 3 decent songs in the time it took to play this...
...and they still wouldn't have measured up to this one. Heavenly.
Teko wrote:
One of the best things the Afro-Celts have ever done, and it's their first all-acoustic track! I hope they do more like this in the future.
The ony other AC songs I know are the two others I've heard on RP. I like this a LOT more.
One of the best things the Afro-Celts have ever done, and it's their first all-acoustic track! I hope they do more like this in the future.
Singer sounds like the lead singer for Marillion (post-Fish, that is)
Wow! This isn't nearly as annoying as most Afro-Celt tracks. Nice...
hunters wrote:
Hey, down there, yeah you, little green smilies. What are you trying out for Riverdance?? You kept perfect time. ;>
Unfortunately I've also been taken to task "...Grow Up ! " for succumbing to a temptation towards choreography. <-X :-k :ask: :headshake: :lol: :bounce: :jump: :bounce: :jump: :bounce:
You could have programmed 3 decent songs in the time it took to play this...
Hey, down there, yeah you, little green smilies. What are you trying out for Riverdance?? You kept perfect time. ;]
The ending of this track was somewhat sharp.
Although some of these guys' tunes get old after a few listens, this one is complex enough to have grown on me over time. Do they have a "best of" CD out yet?