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By: Awa-KLaSH
Label: Wave Music
Release ID: WM-50100
Released: 2002-10-22

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Akoba Vocal Version  Click to Listen!  
Akoba Dub Mix  Click to Listen!  
Akoba Danny Krivit Edit  Click to Listen!  
Awa-KLaSH is a collaboration between KLaSH Productions (Simon Haggis & Kevin Long), and the Awa-Band (led by Samuel Kayode & Nigerian vocalist, Larry Azuka).

Simon Haggis is best known for his long-running "WhistleBump" night in central London, and his involvement with the UK label, STRUT. Over the last six years Simon has been building a studio with recording partner Kevin Long. Using the moniker KLaSH Productions, their varied sound has received international club and radio play from a wide range of DJ's such as Gilles Peterson, Laurent Garnier, Danny Krivit and Joe Claussell.

The Awa-Band is an Afro-Latin funk band, probably best known for their world wide hit "Timba", released in 2000 on Defected. With, Latin/African influences, such as heavy percussion and African chants, their material is unique, and the flavor of world music radiates through their use of different languages.

Samuel Kayode first met vocalist Larry Azuka travelling in Nigeria and after hearing him sing was immediately keen to work with him. Together, they wrote the song "Akoba" and KLaSH Productions, after liking what they heard, went onto produce the track with a dancefloor world-beat flavor.

The result is a beautiful, energetic, "FELAesque" masterpiece with the added bonus of an edit, perfect for the dancefloor, by none other than Danny Krivit. Danny has earned recognition not only as a DJ, but for his impeccable edits that somehow piece everything together in just the right way, making his edits a favorite amongst DJs.


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