Jon Hassell / Farafina 'Flash of the Spirit' 2xLP
The first ever reissue and remastering of Jon Hassell & Farafina’s prescient “Fourth World” masterwork.
Co-produced with the legendary studio team of Brian Eno & Dainel Lanois.
Composer and trumpeter Jon Hassell has been an elusive, iconic musical figure for more than half a century.
He’s best known as the pioneer and propagandist of “Fourth World” music, mixing technology with the tradition and spirituality of non-western cultures to create what he termed the “coffee-colored classical music of the future.” In 1987 he joined with Farafina, the acclaimed percussion, voice, and dance troupe from Burkina Faso, to record Flash of the Spirit. While the album is a natural extension of those “Fourth World” ideas, it also a distinctive outlier in the careers of both artists; an unrepeated merging of sounds whose influence still reverberates today.
On its release 32 years ago, Flash of the Spirit was a revelation, a record that had no clear parallel for its encompassing sound. The album remains a testament to both the influence Hassell has quietly exerted on contemporary music, and the forward-looking traditionalism of Farafina, one of West Africa’s great rhythmic ensembles.
Catalogue number: GBLP087
Label: TAK : TIL