It’s an Interpretation of Traditions.
The title of master percussionist James De Lovell’s new collection, launched last week, aptly summarises its content. The album, featuring many of Barbados’ most stellar musicians such as Nicholas Brancker, Miles Robertson, Grammy-winning Jimmy Senya Haynes and Leonard Griffith, is a delicious potpourri of polyrhythms.
From Bajan tuk to Jamaica’s one-drop, with universal funk along the way, there’s a rhythm here for every music lover in the world. This is attributable to the fine production, for which De Lovell is himself responsible. Excellent mixing by top engineer Andis PA Raibacis at Canefield Studio, where the live drums were recorded, ensures that none of the music is absent. All other recordings were done at De Lovell’s Foundation Groove Studio. At the launch, De Lovell paid tribute to contributors to the album and his mentors, noting that the project took about seven years. The album boasts 11 tracks, one of which Plug Out, was performed at the launch.
De Lovell is a well-known face on the local music scene. With a career spanning more than 30 years, the percussionist and vocalist has also been a tutor in Barbados Community College’s music department for the past 14 years. The musician also facilitates an appreciation for “rhythmic education” at his Foundation Groove Drum Studio, teaching drums, percussion instruments as well as DJing and music production. (LW)