sudan / united-kingdom
Mesmerising, forward-looking fusion from Central Sudan
The Scorpios have a truly trans-continental sound. The band are from Central Sudan but fled the country’s fundamentalist regime for London. Now, the seven-piece are telling a unique musical story – combining Western psychedelia and jazz with African songwriting and percussion.
This rich musical mix, which yokes traditional Sudanese instruments with flange guitar and brass is highly experimental. However, it has an incredible unity, as resonant vocals and offbeat Arabic drumming dovetail beautifully with familiar, funky basslines. The result never feels dissonant or fragmented but maintains the verve of virtuoso jazz improvisation. A true delight in innovation and musical expertise.
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