Through this exciting CD release entitled “American Trails”, Guitarist/Vocalist Pascal Bokar, Father of the “AfroBlueGrazz” sound makes a resounding musical statement of the nature of the multi-cultural expressions and legacies of West African heritage and African American traditions through the Blues.
This new sound and Blues CD entitled “American Trails” by virtuoso guitarist/vocalist Pascal Bokar connects the American musical traditions of the South with the original 4 string instrument from Mail West Africa, Ngoni or banjo and the West African balafon (ancestor of the xylophone) in a powerful rhythmic and multi sonic Blues based contemporary gumbo that one has yet to discover.
The new Blues based CD “American Trails” deepens Pascal Bokar’s exploration of the Blues in his “AfroBlueGrazz” concept with an opening ear-popping version of Blues Great Otis Spann’s composition “The Blues Don’t Like Nobody” in a duet with vocalist Paula Harris and some blistering scat/guitar singing.
The first track of the album is followed by the sultry ballad “I Wanna See You in My Dreams” also featuring Paula Harris. The funky, grooving “I Can Tell” introducing the West African balafon (ancestor of the xylophone) and the banjo is a hard pulsing number that is sure to get everybody dancing reuniting the old sonic landscape of the American South in a contemporary Blues and call and response format. “Your Smile Inside My Nights” projects Pascal’s mellow baritone vocals in a light, syncopated and dance pulse followed by the hard hitting Blues instrumental “Let It Groove, All Night Long”. The album “American Trails” closes with “Everytime I See You There “featuring Pascal Bokar’s fast and delirious guitar work which sums up this upbeat release that will delight audiences of all ages and tastes.
CD “American Trails” is distributed nationally and worldwide by the SUGO Music Group of Half Moon Bay, CA, USA and Savanna Jazz Records.