Saturday, June 04, 2011

TWO MAN TING - Legacy (2boot music)

Two Man Ting comprise midlander Jon Lewis and Sierra Leonian Jah-Man Aggrey. They are an offshoot of the Le Cod Afrique, the world dance collective who were something of a medium-scale hit on the small festival circuit a few years back, and like that band (only more sparingly) they play a bright, appealing blend of multicultural roots-pop centred on Lewis’s Palm Wine-meets-highlife picked guitar and Aggrey’s sunny, chatty vocals. Djembe and hand percussion fill out a sound that should lighten up many an outdoor musical gathering this summer.

Le We Go Ba – a lightly-cadenced Moussu-T-like romp with nursery refrain - begs for audience participation and a take on Sonny Rollins’s St Thomas allies delicate circular guitar melodies with probing thoughtful lyrics. And speaking of covers, there’s the inevitable nod to the king of Palm –wine music, S E Rogie, and a delightful looped take on Armagideon Time too. Full of such bright, tuneful moments, Legacy is a decent debut that one suspects will probably really take off in an intimate live setting.

1 comment:

Jon Lewis said...

Hi Con - thanks very much for reviewing the TwoManTing album. Glad you liked it - we're having lots of fun playing it out live. All the best, Jon Lewis