Bibi Tanga & the Selenites - Dunya
Gospel, Blues & Jazz...all those are just labels but Dunya suffers from Bibi Tanga’s eagerness to incorporate almost every genre known to man within the confines of this, his third album. He’s at his most natural and convincing when riffing with traditional tribal rhythms; the afrobeat swing of ‘BeAfrica’ and woozy brass interludes of title track ‘Dunya’ deserving of the 7 rating alone. Sadly this joy comes at a price and that price is a heavy one. Does the world really need another cover of ‘Red, Red Wine’? While you ponder that I’ll take the opportunity to nail my colours to the post and state that nobody needs another Jay K yet, disappointingly, Bibi drops in some grim cod funk with tracks like ‘Shine’. Redemption is as hand, however, with the sweetly soulful ‘Gospel Singers’ which conjurs up the ghost of Marvin Gaye and the daisy age rap-lite of ‘Swing, Swing’. When Dunya catches fire it’s sublime but, unfortunately, Bibi forgot to turn off the sprinklers and we’re left with a bit of a damp squib.