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Oleleko

Oleleko (AfuriKo)
©2018 AfuriKo/Funnelljazz (ASCAP/SACEM)
Recorded by Charles Frossard at Studio MESA (Soignolles-en-Brie, France) on January 4, 2018.
Djembe solo playback filmed at home in New York City!
Available sheet music: guitar | keys | violin

Akiko Horii – percussion
Jim Funnell – piano, keyboard, key bass


Although “Oleleko” remains of unknown origin to us, it is most likely a cheerful West African song, which must have been passed on orally until it recently reached AfuriKo’s ears! The original djembe break at the beginning of the video was crafted by Akiko and weaved into the arrangement, while Jim added a few modulations in the melody and harmonized it in his own jazzy way, using block chords and drop 2 voicings extensively.


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Red Dragonfly (Akatombo)



Red Dragonfly aka Akatombo (AfuriKo)
©2016 AfuriKo/Funnelljazz (SACEM)
Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Charles Frossard at Studio MESA (Soignolles-en-Brie, France) in November and December 2015.
Available sheet music: | |

Akiko Horii – percussion
Jim Funnell – piano, keyboard, key bass


The lyrics to the song “Akatombo” are in fact a poem, written by Rofū Miki in 1921: they depict a nostalgic remembrance of a Japanese red dragonfly seen by a child at sunset.

Yûyake-koyake no akatombo.
Owarete mitano wa itsu no hi ka.

Yama no hatake no kuwa no mi o
Kokago ni tsunda wa maboroshi ka.

Jûgo de nêya wa yome ni yuki,
Osato no tayori mo taehateta.

Yûyake koyake no akatombo –
Tomatte iru yo, sao no saki.


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