In a moment of serendipity amidst Vermont’s snow-covered landscape during the pandemic, Ari Joshua, Russ Lawton, and Ray Paczkowski converged to form the creative powerhouse behind “Kambo Wambo—Jam Version.” Their collaborative journey, nurtured in the cocoon of safe isolation and enriched by their time at the Tank Recording studio with engineer Ben Collette, births an electrifying Afrobeat-inspired guitar anthem. Together, they spin a mesmerizing musical tapestry that sweeps listeners into a transcendent realm awash with kaleidoscopic, psychedelic textures.
The sonic tapestry of “Kambo Wambo—Jam Version” unfurls with Ari Joshua’s guitar notes, ethereal and weightless as they hover in the air. With each stroke of his strings, he intricately stitches melodic enchantments into the composition, saturating it with the warm hues of his guitar. These melodious threads trace back to the Afrobeat influences that once coursed through his South African youth, setting the stage for a profoundly evocative musical journey.
Russ Lawton, the rhythmic maestro, then takes center stage, weaving the vibrant heartbeat of the song through his drumming. Textures come alive, and polyrhythms cast a hypnotic spell that beckons listeners into its embrace. It’s a rhythmic spectacle that not only pays homage to the song’s Afrobeat lineage but also invites everyone to surrender to its captivating groove.
Ray Paczkowski, the artist known as “The Milkman,” adds his signature touch, his fingers gracefully cascading across the keys. His lush and percussive approach blankets the underlying groove, adding an extra layer of depth and texture to the composition. Together, the trio conjures a harmonious synergy that allows the song to find its sweet spot, where the true essence of Afrobeat flourishes.
“Kambo Wambo” invites its listeners on a reflective voyage, inspired by the mysteries of psychedelic plant medicine. In this musical odyssey, Afrobeat becomes the vessel for a cosmic journey where the boundaries of perception yield to celestial symphonies. The song reaches skyward in its melodies while remaining anchored in the ancient rhythms that form its core. It’s a musical journey that transcends boundaries, elevating the soul and inviting all to partake in its enchanting voyage through cosmic soundscapes.