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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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Spirit of the Snail

Spirit of the Snail (Jim Funnell)
©201? Jim Funnell/Funnelljazz (ASCAP?/SACEM)
Recorded by Nicolas Charlier (Videlles, France) in April 2013. Mixed and mastered by Charles Frossard at Studio MESA (Soignolles-en-Brie, France) in July and November 2014.
Available sheet music:

Jim Funnell – piano
Oliver Degabriele – bass
Thibault Perriard – drums


Spirit of the Snail is a syllable-based melting snowball set to music. The poem is about staying present and draws upon shamanic snail symbolism.

When one dawdles sweetly and considers how
calm, stillness, and contemplation reveal
the detailed beauty of slow motion,
obviousness resurfaces.
Slowness seems necessary,
in all simplicity.
No one can lock up,
deep in its shell,
the spirit
of the
snail!


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