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KENYA Papillon: Moyo

Naxos World Music NXW76114-2

   Songlines, December 2019
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Charlotte Algar
Songlines, December 2019

A voice that will give you butterflies in your stomach

‘Dream’ is gorgeous, a multi-layered sung passage leads into gentle acoustic guitar, a lamellophone (probably, according to the press release, of Papillon’s own making), gentle shaker and flute. The overarching musical texture of this album consists of sensitively blended acoustic instruments including tabla, guitar and nyatiti (harp), MIDI string samples…and multiple vocal tracks.

Papillon’s gentle and quietly confident songs are complemented with contrasting arrangements and timbral combinations… The sleeve notes contain invaluable lyric translations, which reveal absolute poetry. © 2019 Songlines

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