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Acoustic Close-Up by Ben Okafor

Cross Rhythms Rating: 8/10
CD: Album
Tags: Roots/Acoustic, CD, Album, Recommended, Independent, Top Rated
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A stripped down version of the world and reggae music veteran.

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  1. 1. Blue Mel Choly
  2. 2. Brook
  3. 3. Hambled
  4. 4. Heaven On Earth
  5. 5. I Am
  6. 6. I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free
  7. 7. If
  8. 8. Lift Up Your Heads
  9. 9. Ol' Back Yard
  10. 10. Same Old Story
  11. 11. Theme Of Love
  12. 12. We Are One
  13. 13. You're Too Much
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8/10

Reviewed by Trevor Kirk

The many and various facets of the career of Ben Okafor have no place in this review - if you want to know more about this former Biafran boy soldier, political activist, actor, singer, songwriter and author, I can recommend a visit to Ben's website www.benokafor.com. Also, a recent Cross Rhythms article by Tony Cummings Redemption Songs From An Ex-Boy Soldier is also hugely informative. As regards this 2006 release, it's mainly Ben and his guitar (as you'd expect from the title) with some unobtrusive backing instruments and percussion. The whole idea was to recreate the feel of a live performance - Ben says that these songs have been part of his live sets for yonx, but he's never got round to putting them on an album. As anyone who's seen him live will testify, his philosophy is "educate, entertain and inform, and inspire people to ask the question 'How can we change this world?'" Running time is generous at over 67 minutes for 13 tracks, and production, thanks to the skills of Mark Stevens, is excellent.

Style: Roots/Acoustic
Cross Rhythms Product Code: 21504
Product Format: CD
Content Type: Album
Cat. Code: Plankton PCDN161
Items: 1
Release Date: 2006

A stripped down version of the world and reggae music veteran.

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For more information about Ben Okafor, check the Ben Okafor Artist Profile on the main Cross Rhythms website for news stories, feature articles, interviews and much more. (Link opens in new window)
Posted by Paul Vincent in South London at 21:10 on Feb 19 2007

This is a great album. It feels and sounds like a live album - fresh and not over produced.
Possibly my favourite Ben Okafor album so far.
This album deserves to take him to a much wider audience.
If you've always liked Ben's music, but never bought an album - now is the time to do so - or forever hang your head in shame !















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