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Tales and Patterns of the Maroons

by Mama Odé

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littlefan gee this so clean and deep. the lyricism. Shades of Camp Lo in all the right ways. the gd smoothness caught me off guard, I am still recovering Favorite track: Wadada Lasts.
Harry Wilson
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Harry Wilson A warm, natural and mellow album rich in indigenous culture, mixed together in a wonderful balance of tribal and modern sounds.... This is an album unlike any other... The 22a boys really are some of my favourite producers Favorite track: That S Game.
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Kofi the Unknown you can tell that these brothers are really skillful in the art of sampling. from the minimalistic drum groove to the bass note on the one. even their voices as extra percussion.. these brothers get it! masterclass in RIDDIM! Favorite track: We Keep It Up.
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Sega Move 03:44
That S Game 02:59
My Brother 03:30
Don't Preach 03:06
All of That 00:35
Going Right 02:01
Wadada Lasts 03:30


Brothers Reginald Omas Mamode IV and Jeen Bassa come together as Mama Odé on full length album 'Tales And Patterns Of The Maroons'. At its core this is a classic “hip hop” format LP - but have you ever heard Creole Sega Rap Roots music before?

Of Creole descent from a group of African islands that transiently have hosted many settlers, west African slaves, colonialists and the potentially indigenous East African-Malagache Maroons; the brothers have an inherent spirit of diversity that runs through their recordings. Musical influences consist of jazz, funk, blues and reggae to un-placeable but definite Afro-drum patterns, through to their Golden-Era-Rap vocal flows, which have a sure nod to ATCQ and Slum Village. The album’s deep grooves overwhelmingly seed optimism, subscribing to a positive future drawn from historically multi-ethnic ancestral lines. The brothers’ natural vocals carry messages of unity, love and well being as well as a conscious questioning of humanity’s ill practices and ideas.

Reginald Omas Mamode IV’s three solo albums - 2016's s/t debut, 2017's 'Children of Nu' and 2019’s ‘Where We Going’ - received continued critical success from Mojo (“A brand-new-retro delight”), Mixmag (“Peckham beat brilliance”), Q (“Superb”), Record Collector (“Equal parts D’Angelo to J Dilla”), The Wire (“Soul music turned all the way inward”), DJ Mag ("A masterpiece"), Electronic Sound (“Utterly fantastic”) and Bandcamp (“Equally steeped in hip-hop, funk, soul and jazz”). He was also nominated for ‘Album of the Year’ at Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Awards 2017.

Jeen Bassa has carved out a reputation as one of the leading beat-tape producers mixing up slo-mo, mechanised funk with hues of neon soul and blue, jazz notes. With a stream of sold out vinyl LPs under his belt, from 2015’s ‘All My People’ through to last year’s ‘Cassava Pone’, Jeen Bassa’s warm and woozy productions stand out in a world saturated with bland Dilla and Madlib-esque pastiches.

Along with Al Dobson Jr, Henry Wu, Mo Kolours and Tenderlonious; ROMIV and Jeen Bassa have helped forge the extended 22a co-operative that The FADER calls “a kaleidoscopic patchwork of hip-hop, house, and groove investigations bound by one thread: a timeless belief in rhythm as a universal language” and Stamp The Wax say “helped craft a sound that traverses the jazz and lo-fi beats continuum, heavy on percussive elements and informed by countless non-Western musical culture”.


released October 2, 2020


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