Euro​-​African Playground

by Euro-African Playground

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Thomas Murray If you like fusion jazz and West African music, this is for you. Excellent band and album start to finish. Check them live on YouTube. These musicians need to be heard! Favorite track: Sounsoumba (Oumou Sangare).
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Central Europe's multiple award winning jazz-fusion musicians team up with a master Guinean djembéfola to create a driving modern sound based on the African musical heritage

The origins of Euro-African Playground lie in a vision of a band that drummer Marton Juhasz always dreamed of as a child. Fascinated by African rhythm, he imagined towering grooves, dense rhythmic interplay, deep polyphonic textures and virtuosic improvisation.

After graduating from Berklee College of Music and working as a jazz musician, Marton rediscovered his passion in 2011. He brought together the region’s most sought after players to create an ensemble with a contemporary sound grounded in the music of Africa.

Accomplished Senegalese djembéfola Ibrahima Cheikh Fall accepted the invitation to join the band in 2013 and together they have been seeking new meaning for this cultural heritage ever since.

The band performs both original repertoire and songs carefully selected from thousands of traditional and popular African recordings, covering a vast area from Guinea to Nigeria, Benin, Senegal, Mali and beyond.

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released October 2, 2015

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Sounsoumba
By Amadou Tidiane, Seck Cheick, and Sangare Oumou
Copyright Evergreen Copyrights Obo World Circuit Ltd.

Discontinued
By Elliot Bergman
Copyright Emi Blackwood Music Inc

Ou C'est Lui Ou C'est Moi
By Vincent Ahehehinnou
Copyright Sons D'ailleurs (France) And World Circuit Music (Uk)

Inkulu Into Ezakwenzeka
By Traditional
Copyright Public Domain

Namoungni
By Ibrahima Cheikh Fall
Copyright Artisjus (Hungary)

Faran Tamba
By Papa Serigne Seck
Copyright Cv America Music Obo Sterns Music Pub

Aw Bissimilai
Copyright Bumda (Mali)

Dunia
By Ibrahima Cheikh Fall
Copyright Artisjus (Hungary)

The Bait
by Marton Juhasz
Copyright Artisjus (Hungary)

Saya
By Ibrahima Cheikh Fall
Copyright Artisjus (Hungary)

Tutulenge
By Traditional
Copyright Public Domain

Dali
By Ibrahima Cheikh Fall
Copyright Artisjus (Hungary)

Mi Kple Dogbekpo
By Lokonon André
Copyright Coson (Nigeria)



All covers licensed.


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Ibrahima Cheikh Fall - Djembe, Balafon, Vocals
Janos Aved - Saxophone
Marton Fenyvesi - Guitar
Istvan Toth Jr. - Guitar
Mike Gotthard - Guitar
Aron Talas - Keyboard
Kornel Mogyoro - Percussion
Benedek Kiss - Bass
Marton Juhasz - Drums

Recorded by Laszlo Valik at L.V. Sound Studios, Budapest in November 2014.
Audio editing by Marton Fenyvesi and Marton Juhasz.
Mixed by Mark Moldvai.
Mastered by Nate Wood at Kerseboom Mastering.
Design by yuciyu.de - Petra Schröder.
Produced by Marton Juhasz.

Kornel Mogyoro plays Meinl percussion and Meinl cymbals. Mike Gotthard plays Roland/Boss effect pedals. Marton Fenyvesi plays Duesenberg guitars (Stageshop Hangszerüzlet, Hungary).

www.facebook.com/euroafricanplayground
www.euroafricanplayground.com
www.martonjuhasz.com

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Marton Juhasz’s career began in 2005 when he won national first prize for solo percussion in Hungary. In 2006 he studied at Drumtech, London where he was awarded prize for top overall student. In 2007 he was accepted to Berklee College of Music, Boston and graduated summa cum laude in 2011. In 2010 he was the recipient of the Foundation for Hungarian Percussion Culture's yearly award. In the past years Marton has been active in Europe and has worked with musicians such as Lionel Loueke, Peter King, Bela Szakcsi Lakatos, Robert Szakcsi Lakatos, Matyas Bartha, Matyas Gayer, Kristof Bacso, Viktor Toth, Marton Fenyvesi, Nikoletta Szoke, Jozsef Barcza Horvath, Alan Benzie, Arpad Olah Tzumo, Budapest Jazz Orchestra, Urban Outreach Jazz Orchestra. In 2014 and 2015 Marton was voted ‘Drummer of the Year’ on the JazzMa online reader’s poll. Notable concerts include:

Ronnie Scott's, London
The Standard, Copenhagen
Hungarian National Radio
B-flat, Berlin
Club 606, London
The Blue Lamp, Aberdeen
WIST/MOXX, Graz
London Jazz Festival, London
Jazzycolors Festival, Paris
Jazzkeller, Frankfurt
Duna Palais, Budapest
Porgy & Bess, Vienna
Vortex Jazz Club, London
The Jazz Bar, Edinburgh
United Europe Jazz Festival, Zakopane
ORF Radio, Vienna
Glasgow Art Club, Glasgow
Mosaic Jazz Festival, Sibiu
Palace of Arts, Budapest
Hot Jazz Summit, Ploesti
Cafe Village, Bruxelles
Saransk Jazz Festival
Hungarian Cultural Center, London & Stuttgart

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