13th October 2017
1. Masansani Jive / 2. Jika Jika / 3. Les Is More / 4. The Other Side / 5. Above The Ridge / 6. Mummy / 7. War Is Money / 8. OK Roland, 9. G-String Kwela / 10. Equator #1
Charlie Hart's Equators were formed way back in the twentieth century to enable a group of adventurous London based musicians to explore the African roots of the music they are better known for - r 'n' b, jazz, rock and blues. Between them they have worked with major UK players such as Eric Clapton, Ian Dury, Roger Daltrey & Robert Plant but also with top African artists like Samba Mapangala and Dudu Pukwana. The Equators explore the links between continents and genres. The music, often characterized by soaring fiddle and alto sax arrangements, is both original and irresistible. Musicianship and energy are never in doubt. This is a good time music that would fire up any party. The music moves from African grooves to funk and back. Most tracks are composed by the band. The Equators are joined by their friends rapper Sean Ash, guitarist Billy Jenkins and percussionist Sir Eddie Real. And why Masansani? The Masansani Club lies on the road between Arusha and Moshi in Tanzania and was spotted by Humphrey Ocean, renowned artist and friend of Charlie Hart's from when they both worked with Ian Dury. The band approached Humphrey about artwork and he came up with the intriguing drawing which is to be found on the cover. Charlie Hart (fiddle, keys, accordion, mandolin, Spanish gtr, vocals); Frank Mead (alto & soprano sax, perc, harp, vocals); Ed Deane, Jimmy Roach (guitar); Phil Scragg (Fender & string bass); Les Morgan (drums, perc).