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Albums Of The Week: Ticora | Rivers From Ogun

Despite hailing from France and Switzerland, this foursome serve up an authentic fusion of Afrobeat, highlife, jazz and much more on their first official studio release.

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “On their first official album Rivers From Ogun, the group Ticora exist at the confluence of Afrobeat, highlife and jazz. The project navigates between music from the African continent, the Indian Ocean and the Caribbean, drawing its inspiration from rumba, kompa or spiritual jazz as well as maloya. The Yoruba deity Ogun is invoked to guide the group in dealing with issues such as police brutality, the situation of refugees and general intolerance.

Based between France and Switzerland, Ticora were born from the meeting of organist Cédric Schaerer with Hadrien Santos Da Silva, an expert in traditional music from around the world and member of the famous Ti’Kaniki maloya collective. When their paths crossed in Zurich in 2016, they decided to form a quartet with two other musicians passionate about world music: Arthur Donnot on tenor saxophone and Erwan Valazza on guitar.”