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Sakpata Speaks is an Unreleased Track from the 'Lectric Veve Sessions

With ultra-funky danceability which pays tribute to Nigerian Afrobeat and Jùjú music gods, Fela Kuti - “Zombie”, and King Sunny Adé - “Juju Music”, its dense production often plays as sound collages recalling works by Brian Eno and David Byrne - “My Life in the Bush of Ghosts”, Steve Reich - “It's Gonna Rain”, Nurse With Wound - “Rocket Morton”, and its trance-inducing repetition evokes the arpeggiated compositions of Philip Glass and Terry Riley. But this album’s true inspiration can be found in the “Ghetto House” blueprints of Chicago underground labels such as Dance Mania, Trax, and Relief Records, as well as, gospel vocal pioneers, Dorothy Love Coates & The Original Gospel Harmonettes - “The Best of...”, and my most favorite gospel choir, Rev. Isaac Douglas and The New York Community Choir - “Let’s Go Higher."

As I started to add the vocal samples to the instrumental tracks, I was inspired by a comment from an interview with the Swedish rock band, The Hives, in which they state, "We discovered if you play the same riff as long as possible before changing it, people go crazy!" So, get ready to dance, chant, sing and shout throughout this journey from Papa Legba to the pulpit. - Black Arts Lab & The Lost Tribe of Benin Mass Choir


released February 5, 2021
Written, Arranged & Produced by Black Arts Lab
Black Arts Laboratory, Berlin
Vocals - Lost Tribe of Benin Mass Choir

Mastered by Jono Podmore
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Design by RogerSelvage/Monad Creative
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Cover Photo:
Young women dancing in trance for the vodun spirit Atagali in Benin, 1994
© Henning Christoph/SOA Museum
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