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Review: Juwon Ogungbe - Life Force Music
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Life Force Music
 Artist: Juwon Ogungbe
 Album: Life Force Music
 Date of Release: 2012
 Label: Second Generation
 Cat. No.:  
 Country of Release: UK
 Genre/s: World

 Sub-Genre/s: World Beat, Popular
 Type: Studio
   Time: 52:02
   Date of Review: 2012/06/21
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Life Force Music

Released early this year on the Second Generation label, Juwon Ogungbe's Life Force Music is this amazingly versatile artist's debut album. From opera to world music to pop, Ogungbe tackles it all, though not necessarily all on this album of course.

Or does he? Life Force Music is virtually impossible to classify and delightfully crosses over and blends Afro rhythms, mainstream popular music and classical elements.

The first thing to strike you about Life Force Music is Ogungbe's warm and smooth operatic baritone. A powerful voice that certainly asserts itself most determinedly and pleasantly. However, operatic voice production is one of many that is native to Africa, and so this could be considered as much representative of this as of classical music. The keyboard work is also excellent and on These Things Are Sent To Test Us includes a brief delicious touch of what sounds like steel pan. The African-based grooves are completely irresistible.

The songs are well constructed and represent a rich mix of social and historical commentary and personal experience in the lyrics. Oh, and take Ogungbe's word for it - A Taste Of Pepper a day really does keep the doctor away! Scotch Bonnet peppers - the hottest, tastiest chilies - have kept me good all my life to be sure.

Consistent throughout, Life Force Music is irresistible rather than just compelling. This is a remarkably fresh and refreshing album that has great charm. Not to mention a really remarkable booming voice! And those grooves really get into your dancing feet. An altogether fabulously enjoyable listen.

Juwon Ogungbe's Life Force Music gets to you very quickly, or even instantly. It is also something completely different that you really ought to give a try.

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Track List:

 1. Keep On Being My Own Man - 5:54
 2. Strong Willed - 4:54
 3. Beautiful Thing - 4:37
 4. Don't Play Games With Me - 5:07
 5. A Taste of Pepper - 4:47
 6. Leaving For The Last Time - 4:50
 7. These Things Are Sent To Test Us - 3:23
 8. Doing My Black Thing - 4:55
 9. Long Lost Love - 4:20
10. Trying to Make Ends Meet - 4:31
11. Doing My Black Thing (Remix) - 4:44

All songs Juwon Ogungbe

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Juwon Ogungbe - vocals & keyboards
Noel Inyang - bass guitar, guitar, keyboards, programming
Tim Holmes - alto & tenor sax
Nawa Nambula - backing vocals
Lorraine Hlengiwe - backing vocals


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