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by Jerome Sydenham

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Ibadan label head Jerome Sydenham delves into his roots and unearths an Afrobeat gem.

Although Jerome may be know today for his thunderous Techno beats that storm their way through clubs across the world every weekend, his musical taste and variety span just as far and wide as his music travels. Àró is a testament to how broad that musical spectrum stretches.

Àró (Full Afro Dub) is most certainly a record that would make Fela Kuti proud. A whirlwind of Afrobeat drums, rhythm and percussion fused together with elements of Jazz, Funk and House. The instrumentation leaves nothing to be desired as the combination of Jerome’s arrangement and production combined with the other stellar musicians is a veritable lesson in musical structure.

The B-Side turns Àró into a straight up jam sessions. Awash in funky electric guitar licks, infusing the original with glimmers of psychedelic rock. Giving us a brief glimpse into the deepest corners of the vast array of music that provides him with inspiration.

This isn't your typical House record, but that is exactly what gives it charachter. Jerome's courage and continuous desire to release quality music he believes in, is one of the reasons his Ibadan label is one of the most respected imprints around.


released October 2, 2000

A: Àró (Full Afro Dub)
Trumpet: Brian Lynch
Electric Guitar: Dominic Kanza
Bass: Tarus Mateen
Percussion: Fred Walcott
Traps: Kerri Chandler
Horn Section: courtesy of Antibalas
Baritone Sax: Martin C. Pena
Trombone: Michael Wagner
Trumpet: Jordan McLean
Produced, Mixed, and Arranged By: Jerome Sydenham
Published by Bodija Music Publishing (ASCAP)
B: Àró (Raw Guitar Break)
Electric Guitar: Dominic Kanza
Bass: Tarus Matten
Percussion: Fred Walcott
Traps: Kerri Chandler

Tracked at Sorcerer Sound, NYC
Tracking Engineers: Patrick Derivaz, Dick Kondas
Mixed at: Unique tudios, NYC
Mixing Engineer: Pal Joey
Published by Bodija Music Publishing (ASCAP)

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Jerome Sydenham Berlin, Germany

Award winning and chart topping music visionary DJ/producer Jerome Sydenham is deeply rooted in the music industry. As one of the youngest record executives in New York City, Sydenham launched his career in the A&R department for Atlantic Records moving onto East West Records. He worked with the likes of DAS EFX, Snow and En Vogue (to mention a few). ... more

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