'From the Elders' yard'

by Madu

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Madu's "From the Elders' yard" is the first album release on Salim's label Upfull Records. Songs written individually or as a collaborative process by the music driven siblings brings diversity to their thought provoking tunes. Salim’s years as a producer with his strong affinity for reggae music and skills as an electronic composer are the basis on which he builds the unique Madu sound. His productions intertwine with Aminah’s soulful melodies, her experience over the years singing jazz, blues, folk and roots music, combine to create a dynamic sound. Think King Tubby meets Billie Holiday.

"Madu's album has kept me company on lengthy car journey's criss-crossing the country. I can say for sure that it makes the time go faster & the weather seem better. Salim Dastan has diligently programmed his way underground to a deep and dubby place where the best bass music resides. Above ground the story gets better. Aminah Dastan has a voice that demands to be heard in the quietest way possible. The arrangements give her ample room to exercise her range. Their words seem to sprout wings and really soar. It's heady stuff. The view from my car says the sky is changing. I turn up the volume, readjust the bass and reach for my sunglass's. There is a new messenger in town and the outlook is bright. Madu have arrived!"
Donal Dineen

From opening to closing track Madu connect well with audiences through their positive, uplifting performance. Having played in Ireland, the UK and Malaysia from big festivals to small intimate venues, their sound is catching on, a style which has been formed by years playing, writing, producing and being influenced by much travel, absorbing the unique sounds and cultures of Asia, the Pacific and Europe. Through their nomadic journeys and collaborations, they have arrived at the unique Madu sound.

credits

released September 25, 2011

All music recorded, arranged and produced by Salim Dastan.

Artwork Illustration and concept by Fionn Finnie.
Art Tech and Colouring by Wayne Gallagher.

Mastered by Mike Bloemendal at Imagine X studios.

Upfull Records 2011 - UPREC001.

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Madu Ireland

This key Dublin-based band fronted by Irish/Malaysian brother and sister team – dub and beats controller Salim and vocalist Aminah – play an infectious combination of sounds which steer away from typical dub soul or reggae sounds to create a psychedelic roots music imbued with mystery and nostalgia. Their music is a combination of influences driven by bass heavy rhythms and conscious lyrics. ... more

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