12/04/2018: I Walk Alone by Marijata

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Musically, as well as many other ways, Africa is hugely underestimated and neglected. This means that there are many amazing songs and musicians that tend to go under the radar in the west.

Marijata, a Ghanaian band are an example of the wealth of musical talent in countries like Ghana, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Mozambique, South Africa, and many more. As it breezes languorously from open to close, “I Walk Alone” showcases a breathtaking array of sounds and textures, from the ever-so-slightly discordant guitar/bass combination picking resolutely throughout, to the triumphant brass choruses, to the organ and guitar solos. The percussion fits nicely into the densely layered soundscape to provide a track that is in every way greater than its already brilliant parts.

The song was released in 1976 as part of a 4 track EP called This is Marijata, and has been re-released in 2011 and 2017. Timeless stuff.