- Jennifer Janz
Ras Banamungu - Shakalaka-Doo Experience
Western Australian band Ras Banamungu and The Det-n-ators International follow the 2021 release of the album Revelation of Oneness and the singles, the album’s title track and Hallelu Jah, with a new track Shakalaka-Doo Experience.
The band has enjoyed a sustained run of successes lately, receiving across the board support for their singles and praise for their album.
The new single merges rock and blues energy with Afro roots to create an uncommon World Music sub-genre while maintaining the band’s erstwhile sense of joy. Shakalaka-Doo Experience contains a carnivalesque atmosphere, mixing the band’s usual melodic sensibilities with hypnotic rhythms, organic instrumentation, all set against an overdriven musical landscape, with the bass and guitar parts a central role in adopting a heavier sound.
Led by lead vocalist and songwriter Ras Banamungu, the highly acclaimed musician, professional laughter therapist, experienced entertainer, and maestro, Shakalaka-Doo Experience reveals the wide spectrum of the band’s sound, songwriting style and agile musical skills, exploring a rich palette with ease, conviction, and a distinct sense of fun.
Perhaps the most commanding aspect of this new release is this sense of elation and abandon, even when the band has utilised a rockier than usual pathway. Combined with this version of the band’s nuanced style, it helps create an entertaining track and an intriguing interpretation of traditional roots-based World Music.
‘‘ Shakalaka-Doo Experience is sure to appease followers of the band and attract new listeners to their music, which takes a surprising, yet no less positive turn compared to the band’s recent releases.’
The new release builds upon Ras’s growing list of achievements which include the 2020 Artistic Vision award for exceptional talent of the year, originality, and vision in the field of music, the 2020 X-POZE-ING Music Award for Best Reggae Music Video, for My Sunshine and a series of hit tracks that have attracted substantial streaming numbers and across the board radio play.
Shakalaka-Doo Experience is sure to appease followers of the band and attract new listeners to their music, which takes a surprising, yet no less positive turn compared to the band’s recent releases.
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