Ben Goes Acoustic

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Friday 17th November 2006

Ben Okafor weighs in with 'Acoustic Close-Up' CD

AFRICAN roots and reggae man Ben Okafor returns with a new album for Plankton Records, 'Acoustic Close-Up'. Recorded at his new purpose built recording studio, the album is described as "unlike any other Ben Okafor album." Said Okafor, "I wanted to stretch myself musically and creatively by rooting this album in acoustic instruments, but at the same time bring my character and all that I am to bear in the music, its arrangements and ultimately the performances. Consequently there is a large percussive element integrated into the music, much of which I performed using African instruments. Lyrically, the songs cover my upbringing in Africa (which included some time as a boy soldier), life's experiences, my all-important faith and my reflections on the state of the world." CR

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Posted by sexy moose in UK @ 20:21 on Jan 22 2007

Another fine album from the best christian reggae artist around. The man who regularly packs the acoustic tent at Greenebelt has now captured some of that "stripped down" feel on record with a whole load of new songs and gutsy production. Very cool indeed.



Posted by Paula Bragg in Southeast USA @ 18:53 on Nov 20 2006

The Acoustic Close-up CD arrived at my home 2 weeks ago, and I'm in love with it. It's on non-stop. Whether it's Ben Okafor's BEST YET . . . I don't know. That would mean the first, second and third were not as good. Personally I would have to say it reaches perfection --- same as the others!!!

While listening to Acoustic Close-Up, I was reading the background on Mr. Okafor. The songs became far more meaningful because of it.



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