omotola

by: head for the hills

ABOUT THIS TRACK

Head for the Hills crafts a distinctive blend of instrumental acoustic afrobeat in their track “Omotola.” The band drew influence from a story Fela Kuti’s longtime percussionist, Pax Nicholas, told about life on Kuti’s compound, the Kalakuta Republic. Nicholas cites that all of the DJs on the 24-hour dance floor were women all of which were singers, dancers, and composers in Kuti’s Africa 70 band. A name that stood out was Omotola Osaeti who became the muse that roused the band to use acoustic instruments (fiddle, banjo, dobro, acoustic guitar, bass, and drums) to delve into textures and layers characteristic of afrobeat music. Troy Thrill rounds the track out with a countermelody on baritone saxophone. “Omotola” tips its hat in celebration of the many women whose musical contributions are sorely underappreciated.

Produced by Mike Tallman

 

Credits:

Adam Kinghorn - Guitar
Joe Lessard - Violin
Matt Loewen - Double Bass
Todd Livingston - Dobro Guitar
Riley Williams - Drums
Troy Thill - Baritone Saxophone
Sam Armstrong-Zickefoose - Banjo

Tracking Engineer - Mike Tallman

Color Red Studios

Tascam 388

Mixing Engineer - Mike Tallman
Add Noise Studios

Mastering Engineer - Doug Krebs
Doug Krebs Mastering

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