August 15, 2012

& HERE WE THOUGHT THEY WERE REDHEADS:

Jinja Safari's inspiration out of Africa (Kate Kingsmill, 8/09/12, Sydney Morning Herald)
Whether you call it Afro-beat or African-inspired dream-folk-pop, Jinja Safari have a distinct African bent to their sound. So when lead vocalist Marcus Azon visited Uganda for the first time last year, it was a musical pilgrimage of sorts. The Sydney-based band of five take their name from the Ugandan town that Azon's grandmother is from, and in late 2011 Azon visited her on a trip that became a formative experience for several reasons. ''It was my first time to a developing nation at all so it was very shocking,'' Azon says. ''And it was a whole big mecca, going to Jinja, the source of the Nile, and to see my grandma. The band has totally changed my life, and she's a big inspiration musically and lyrically for the group.'' With the band on the verge of releasing their debut album - last year's release Locked by Land, which while being a 15-track long player, was technically a compilation of the band's first two EPs - the trip was perfectly timed. They took a recorder and came home with a whole lot of samples from Uganda and India that they plan to feature ''as much as possible'' in the new music, bringing more authenticity to the band's already distinctive Afro-pop sound. ''It's still five white guys from the inner city playing Afro beats,'' Azon says. ''It's not going to be like Paul Simon's Graceland or Rhythm of the Saints.

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