Ferrera, Gina & Blended Beat / Life In The Key Of G
Album: Life In The Key Of G   Collection:World
Artist:Ferrera, Gina & Blended Beat   Added:Oct 2006
Label:Engine Studios  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2007-08-26 Pull Date: 2007-10-28 Charts: Reggae/World
Week Ending: Oct 21 Oct 14 Oct 7 Sep 16 Sep 9 Sep 2
Airplays: 1 1 2 1 1 1

Recent Airplay
1. Oct 16, 2007: At the Cafe Bohemian
Lucellino (Little Bird)
4. Sep 11, 2007: At the Cafe Bohemian
Ganda Yina (The Strong Man Has Gone)
2. Oct 12, 2007: No Cover, No Minimum
Lucellino (Little Bird)
5. Sep 05, 2007: Where the Girls Are
Ganda Yina (The Strong Man Has Gone)
3. Oct 02, 2007: radio randomulance
Down By The River, If Only I Could Remember, Ganda Yina (The Strong Man Has Gone)
6. Aug 29, 2007: Where the Girls Are
Ganda Yina (The Strong Man Has Gone)

Album Review
Red West
Reviewed 2007-08-21
World/folk/songwriter fusion. Café music, feat. instruments bass & gyil in the deep register, fem sings gently (mostly in English, ensemble from Brooklyn) “The gyil is an African mallet keyboard from northern Ghana” which sounds like a xylophone or marimba. Flows. Laid back, warm, and personal. FCCsafe

+1.Gorgeous and mellow with some fem chanting, sax at end?
2.Song of a remembered love. Nice plucked upright-bass intro. Meanders a bit.
3.Happy semi-jam, wordless vocals in first half, and only lyrics until last minute seem to be the song title. Consider for voiceover?
+4.Light melody tripping, mid-tempo. Italian singing, based on a lullaby (and even without reading that, can tell it’s a children’s melody). I like the alto sax embellishment.
+5. Simple song, ¾ time with subtle rhythms going on, radio-friendly length, though brief “Xena-yell” in the middle is off-putting!
6.slow tempo, “slow blues”, getting-ready-to-close-the-bar kind of music. Radio-friendly
7.Alas, the only track I’d avoid, lacks a center. Mid-tempo w/overdubbed vox.
+8.Faster. First 3 mins are instrumental, then call & response in a language I don’t recognize
+9.Quiet, sparse, introspective duet between gyil & wood flute

Ps. Label has reasonable sales policy “all Engine releases available direct for $6.49”

Track Listing
1. Ganda Yina (The Strong Man Has Gone)   5. Ghana
2. If Only I Could Remember   6. Water, Not Fire
3. Down By The River   7. The World Today
4. Lucellino (Little Bird)   8. Bewaa
  9. Pire For Abraham