This could very easily be a #funkyfriday track, but we can't wait that long to post this sublime afrobeat gem.
“See Line,” a masterfully reworked version of the Nina Simone classic, was recorded in 2003 during the heyday of NYC’s afrobeat scene (think: Antibalas, and the soon-to-open stage production of Fela). Trombonist Toli Nameless assembled an eight-woman-strong ensemble to lay down this track and two others in their only recording session ever.
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The tracks fell into obscurity until just recently, when Los Angeles’ Kooyman Records pressed them onto a 10” scheduled for release later this month. Tight performances by this terrific Femm-powered octet, abetted by contributions from Tom Brenneck (of the Dap Kings, Budos Band and Menahan Street Band) and Ernesto Abreau (of Antibalas), result in a straight-line sharp and Brooklyn funky groove.
A lot’s happened in the world since Toli & The Femm Nameless put “See Line” to tape. Yet just like the music that inspired them (namely, that of Fela Kuti and Nina Simone), it’s still as relevant and fresh as the day it was made.