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COMPOSERS: Lo’Jo
LABELS: Independent
PERFORMER: Lo’Jo
CATALOGUE NO: IRL 015

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Lo’Jo has made surprise into an art form of its own. How do you categorise its music? Open-ended urban folk? It’s acoustic, magpie-like and triumphantly French, from Denis Pean’s hoarse, melodramatic declamation to the flamboyantly precise playing.

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The music on the group’s fourth release takes on Arabic, Spanish and Cuban colours by turns, with a touch of Africa about the close-harmonised women’s voices, a guest brass band from Benin and a tango by way of a finale. All this is recorded live, and has the feel of a real event. It shouldn’t work, but it’s unstoppable.