Spearheaded by the legendary Afrobeat/Fela Kuti drummer Tony Allen, the Afro-Haitian Experimental Orchestra rose out of Allen’s 2014 visit to Haiti where he collaborated with some of the countries most notable singers and percussionists. And on its self-titled album, the Afro-Haitian Experimental Orchestra offers up a series of evocative tracks with roots on both sides of the Atlantic, compelling layers of subtle polyrhythms that bridge centuries and cultures.
Relentless grooves become the foundation for soaring, utterly modern melodies like the swirling, electronica-fuelled "Salilento" or the Afro Vocoder ritual sound of "Yanvalou" that's inspired as much by Krautrock and Sun Ra as Lagos or Port-au-Prince. Flying on inspiration and adrenaline, it's roots music for a global future. The music is alive with the sense of spontaneity and adventure, the members supporting and pushing each other, diving headlong into the music and creating something that stands outside geography and genre.