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Howard Ziwa Dawn

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Dawn Volume 1

By Bob Marovich

Howard Ziwas DawnIm tempted to call it an EP because it has eight tracks and weighs in at under thirty minuteshas its high points and low points.

Lets start with the high points. The EPs finest selections, Alele and Let It Be, are fueled by the brisk polyrhythms, vertical praise lyrics, and instrumental sensibilities of the gospel music from Ziwas native Africa (he was born in Kampala, Uganda). Those familiar with African gospel music know that it is often ignited by insistent drums and an ostinato riff on keyboard or guitar. It works best in the case of the thumping Alele (or Hallelujah) and also on the guitar-led Let It Be, an infectious piece that limnsthe phrase thy will be done from the Lords Prayer.

An uncredited female singer shines on Dear Lord, a hip hop prayer/conversation about how the love of the Lord can eradicate a life lived under a false identity. Ziwas conversational singing style is consistent with much of African gospel music, where flowers and frills are not nearly as popular as they are among U.S. gospel singers, though he demonstrates a fine falsetto on I Am.

The album misses the mark on two selections that on their surface appear to have nothing to do with religious music. These are the opening Fire, which features wordless scatting, and Break This Down, which seems like straight-ahead EDM. Nameless contains an electronic buzz that becomes so bothersome it is a relief when it stops.

Howard Ziwa is a young man with a college education in music, so I suspecthe will only progress with time. His ability to intentionally blend American and African gospel music could result in a really dynamic and exciting sound.

Two of Five Stars

Pick: Let It Be.

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