Mama Odé | Tales and Patterns of the Maroons


Brothers Reginald Omas Mamode IV and Jeen Bassa come together as Mama Odé on full length album ‘Tales And Patterns Of The Maroons’. At its core this is a classic “hip hop” format LP – but have you ever heard Creole Sega Rap Roots music before?

Of Creole descent from a group of African islands that transiently have hosted many settlers, west African slaves, colonialists and the potentially indigenous East African-Malagache Maroons; the brothers have an inherent spirit of diversity that runs through their recordings. Musical influences consist of jazz, funk, blues and reggae to un-placeable but definite Afro-drum patterns, through to their Golden-Era-Rap vocal flows, which have a sure nod to ATCQ and Slum Village. The album’s deep grooves overwhelmingly seed optimism, subscribing to a positive future drawn from historically multi-ethnic ancestral lines. The brothers’ natural vocals carry messages of unity, love and well being as well as a conscious questioning of humanity’s ill practices and ideas.

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