SHOGUN ORCHESTRA ~ Black Lotus
The Described as “a musical odyssey, which roams the planet in search of lost and exotic melodies”, their first release made major waves in Europe after being licensed to Berlin label Jakarta Records. Shogun’s ‘Bamako’ was play-listed on influential Paris station Radio Nova and was selected for inclusion on their prestigious compilation ‘Nova Tunes 2.6’.
The new album is a unique blend of simmering funk, mysterious melodies and references to ancient samurai culture.
The 10 piece band showcases the talents of sizzling hot Venezuelan born vocalist Jennifer Zea, along with a first rate lineup of Wellington musicians, assembled by composer and saxophonist Lucien Johnson (also of the Black Seeds). As reviewer Nick Bollinger put it, Shogun Orchestra’s music is “beautiful, celebratory, uplifting, with grooves that seem to wrap themselves around the world”.
1. Black Lotus
5. River of Sanzu
6. Cherry Blossom
7. Shadow Clan