Wednesday, April 11, 2007

What do you get when you infuse the sounds of jazz, funk, blues, rap, electronica & soul together? In most cases you would end up with a bunch of wack crap, but one exception would definitely be the diverse sounds of the supergroup Sa-Ra Creative Partners! I call them a supergroup because each one of the group members has the potential to be great on their own, but they have chosen to come together as one major force. Kind of like a musical Voltron for all of you cartoon buffs out there. SA-RA (pronounced Sah-Rah) is a trio of diverse katz (Taz Arnold, Om'Mas Keith & Shafiq Husayn) that have been making music since the late 90s on the underground circuit, but most folks still have never heard of them. Over the years they have worked with plenty of exceptional talents like Pharaoche Monch, Jurassic 5 (R.I.P) & Erykah Badu just to name a few. Their unique sound and hot remixes have made them underground legends to many music lovers. The fan buzz had been very strong for Sa-Ra when they first came out, and everyone was biting their toe nails waiting for their first official release. Due to unforeseen label issues the group was never able to release their original debut album "Black Fuzz" in 2001. Fans were pretty much left starving until they dropped "The Second Time Around" EP in 2005. That was a great release, but it only left everyone wanting more. Now, the day for the true Sa-Ra experience is just around the corner!

On April 24, 2007, SA-RA will be releasing their full-length musical feature "The Hollywood Recordings" for all to enjoy! It's full of guest features from some of my favorite artists like J Dilla, Talib Kweli, Erykah Badu, Bilal, Kurupt & Georgia Anne Muldrow to, so that's a plus in my book! Just like the majority of the Sa-Ra musical endeavors over the years, this project is not your average album. Trying to describe it in mere words would be a waste of time, but your ears will definitely get an exhausting workout of musical bliss after listening to this joint! All that you think you know about beat cadence and drum patterns will be thrown out of the highest window after experiencing this Sa-Ra adventure. One consistancy throughout this musical experience of the definite presence of spacey funk. Not since the early days of Parliment Fuckadelic and the more recent sounds of Spacek have I felt such a funky vibe in music. What I enjoy most about this album is how each track has its own story to tell. Plus, Sa-Ra pushes the music envelope to say the least. While many groups remain stagnated by their own fears of change, Sa-Ra has continued to evolve over the years. Their new album brings everything together in one neatly wrapped funktified package, so don't be affraid to take a listen.

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