Akua Dixon “Afrika! Afrika!”

Akua Dixon

extract from the album “Akua’s Dance”
Akua’s Music – 2017

Afrika! Afrika! is a beautiful piece that not only massage your brain – as jazz does – but also touch you deep inside in your heart.

The way Akua Dixon is playing is simply incredible. It is both delicate and strong, as a silent scream.

Akua apparently composed ‘Afrika! Afrika!’ during 1972 and first played it while part of the Quartette Indigo in 1973 (If you are curious, you can find a recording of 1979 on her SoundCloud)

I guess this is the reason why the track is that strong. It is a composition done with all the dreams and emotions of a young person, interpreted afresh, after 45 years, being through life.
This is great as a continent.

“[a piece that embodies] the sacred and secular sides of African-American culture.”

Akua Dixon: cello | Victor Lewis: drums | Russel Malone: guitar | Ron Carter: bass
Akua’s Dance was released in February 2017 on Akua’s Music

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3 Comments

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  2. Thanks for the wonderful review!

    I composed Afrika! Afrika! In 1972 while on a journey there. In 1981 I won a National Endowment for the Arts grant to score it for solo cello and string orchestra. There are three movements. The grant allowed me to also make a documentary recording of the work. That’s what you can listen to on my Soundcloud page.

    • Thank you so much Akua for reading and commenting this article.
      And please do not hesitate to tour in Sweden – we would love to hear you on live on stage

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