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Spotlight Release Review | Groove to the Transcendent Rhythms of ARI JOSHUA’S RAAR TRIO in “Kambo Wambo (Extended Version)”

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In their latest release, “Kambo Wambo,” the RAAR Trio consisting of Ari Joshua, Ray Paczkowski, and Russ Lawton takes listeners on an immersive journey through the realms of Afrobeat. Released on August 18, 2023, this extended jam is a testament to the power of uncut creativity and the magic of first takes. 

As the song begins, ethereal guitar notes drift through the air, immediately capturing your attention. Ari Joshua’s guitar work is nothing short of enchanting, weaving a tapestry of sound that draws inspiration from his South African roots. The melodic brilliance and Afrobeat sensations he experienced in his youth are vividly echoed in every note he plays. 

The rhythmic foundation of “Kambo Wambo” is masterfully laid down by Russ Lawton on the drums. The textures are alive and the polyrhythms are hypnotic, forming a vibrant heartbeat that drives the song forward. Ray Paczkowski, known as ‘The Milkman,’ adds his unique touch to the mix, cascading across the keys with a lush and percussive approach that blankets the groove in an intricate sonic tapestry. 

As the song unfolds, the essence of Afrobeat comes to life, inviting you to immerse yourself in its captivating embrace. The music becomes a vessel for a cosmic symphony, a reflection on the transformative power of psychedelic plant medicine. “Kambo Wambo” transcends boundaries, blending ancient rhythms with a modern Afrobeat style, resulting in a melodic and rhythmic journey that reaches for the sky. 

In this extended version, the unfiltered energy of the RAAR Trio’s performance shines through, capturing the authenticity of a live studio jam. “Kambo Wambo” is more than just a song; it’s a sonic adventure that invites you to explore the depths of musical creativity.


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