Fechal means "Dance!" in Wolof, one of the indigenous languages of Senegal, West Africa. The music on this album is meant to inspire dance, movement, and to further the mission of the band: Jamarek, a word meaning "Peace only." Jamarek is a greeting used by the Wolof people of Senegal as a response to the question "how are you?" It captures the spirit of a wise and ancient people, and inspires the music on this album. We hope that this album will invite you to dance and be at peace.
Jamarek is Hawaii's premier African Dance band. Its members have performed around the world and now play for the people of Hawaii, bringing African and Latin-inspired music to the people of the Pacific.
I Nan Gee O - Inspired by Central African Soukous style, I Nana Gee O represents the spirit of West African fusion music.
Wakadi-oh - Based on a traditional Wassoulou rhythm, Sogouninkoun, Wakadi-oh fuses a South African sound, with hunters music from Mali.
Batukada - Sounds of the Brazilian coast swirl through rhythms inspired by Senegalese Sabar masters
Kaponofoli. - A modern rhythm, composed by Jamarek in line with the aesthetics of costal Guinean djembe
The Road - As a young man leaves the woman he is courting, he drives off across a Malian landscape towards his village.
Saloum - Rhythms of the Serer people of Sine Saloum river delta fill a starry night sky
Sweet Mother - A traditional Nigerian folk song honoring the love of a mother for her child
Lolo - “Star” in Sousou language, is a modern West African anthem
Party Time - Played in backyards, on home made instruments, Party Time represents the joy of music.
Darryl Cabral - Djembe, Sabar
Kapono Ciotti - Djembe, Sabar
Pete Shimazaki Doktor - Bass
Ikaika Hussey - Guitar
Kahnma K - Vocals
Lori Kimata - Doundoun, percussion
Tirrell McGruder - Shekere, Doundoun, percussion
Kirstin Pauka - Doundoun, percussion
Rawnie Love - Keyboards
Michel Seguin, our mentor and teach in so many ways.
Doudou Ndiaye Rose, Vieux Sing Faye, and Mamadou "Thiouna" Ndiaye, those who pass along the ancient musical traditions of Senegal.
Our families who support us through the journey to make music.
Cover design by Tatjana Pauka
Recorded and mixed by Babatunji Heath
Mastered by Milan Bertosa