Click Here For More Info!
Advertise On UGHH
Return To UndergroundHipHop.com HomepageCUSTOMER SERVICE: 1-617-262-0200 STORE FRONT: 234 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115 (Tues-Sat 12PM-8PM)
(Our retail store will be closed on Saturday, August 30)
Store
Video

shawn lees ping pong orchestra world of funk
shawn lees ping pong orchestra world of funkshawn lees ping pong orchestra world of funk

Shawn Lee's Ping Pong Orchestra: World Of Funk

Vinyl LP Record [2LP]
Price: $20.97
Add to cart

Usually ships within 4 business days.
Not available for in-store pick-up

  • w/ Bonus Album Digital Download
Share:
Add to FacebookAdd to TwitterAdd to PinterestEmail This


Product Details

Summary

Multicultural and multi-talented composer and performer Shawn Lee lives in what he calls a "World of Funk." His mother is half Lebanese and a quarter Native American Indian. His wife is Indian, born in London from parents who are from Tanzania, East Africa. Their daughters (Mela & Seela) are half British/Asian and half American with the family roots to American Indian and Lebanese. As an American living in London he has his ears open to sounds from around the world, and all the spin-offs, mash-ups and fusions that pop-up. "Turkish Psych, Thai Funk, African Disco, Cambodian rock, Brazilian soul," lists Lee. "If you can say it, it exists."

Lee has as an uncanny ability to pick-up and play any instrument he can lay his hands on (his studio is like a candy-store for curious musicians) and for World of Funk he went global playing sitar, ektar, Balaphone, Tanpura, kalimba, Steel drum, Guitarron, Moroccan castanets, Cithare, vibraphone, Xylophone, Bulbul tarang, Charango, Bouzouki, talking drum, and Udu.

But it wasn't just geography, family roots, and a well-stocked studio that fueled this album. Lee is a massive fan of worldly-funk. The Turkish psych of Selda and Ersen, early 1970s Bollywood soundtracks by RD Burman and Asha Bhosle, the Brazilian soul and disco of Tim Maia, Ethiopian Jazz great Mulatu Astatke and the Afro funk of Pat Thomas and Marijata were all big influences on World of Funk.

"Like many western musicians, my ears have been seduced by the exotic sounds of the East and beyond. By the same token, many musicians from around the world have been inspired by the music of America and England as well. What we've got here is a universal language," says Lee. "When we bastardize each other's sounds/ music and get it wrong - we get it so right. It mutates and becomes something extraordinary. Now that is funky!"

Adding to Lees melting pot of sounds are guests from around the world. Brazilian singer-multi instrumentalist Curumin (Hailing from Sao Paulo, and of Japanese/Spanish Brazilian background) and British/Egyptian singer Natacha Atlas completely embody the spirit of World of Funk. While on-tour in Los Angeles this Summer Lee locked down three very special collaborations. The first was with Chhom Nimol the LA based Cambodian singer with the band Dengue Fever. Lee made an instrumental track with Clutchy Hopkins (which includes the sound of a 1960's Smith and Corona typewriter!) for Dengue Fever member Paul Smith who recorded Chhoms haunting vocal. A chance meeting with Bardo of Chicano Batman on Sunset Boulevard led to some garage-y flavored West Coast Latino-funk. And then both Willie McNeal and Money Mark suggested Lee work with Cava.

The album also features Truth and Soul Recording artist Michael Leonhart, NOMO bandleader Elliot Bergman, and Lee's mother-in-law (aka Nanny Jee)!

Track Listing

Get the FREE Adobe Flash plug-in so you can listen to this audio!
1. Bina
Producers: Shawn Lee
Click to listen!
2. Ghost In The Rain
featuring Clutchy Hopkins; Chhom Nimol (of Dengue Fever)
Producers: Shawn Lee
Click to listen!
3. Ethio
featuring Michael Leonhart
Producers: Shawn Lee
Click to listen!
4. Cairo Cairo
featuring Natacha Atlas
Producers: Shawn Lee
Click to listen!
5. Nao Vacila
featuring Curumin
Producers: Shawn Lee
Click to listen!
6. La Eterna Felicidad
featuring Bardo Martinez
Producers: Shawn Lee
Click to listen!
7. Nanny Jee
featuring Nanny G
Producers: Shawn Lee
Click to listen!
8. Iceberg
featuring Elliot Bergman (of NOMO)
Producers: Shawn Lee
Click to listen!
9. Booya
featuring Michael Leonhart
Producers: Shawn Lee
Click to listen!
10. The Mighty Atlas
featuring Natacha Atlas
Producers: Shawn Lee
Click to listen!
11. Mi Ilusion
featuring Cava
Producers: Shawn Lee
Click to listen!
12. Accelerate
Producers: Shawn Lee
Click to listen!
13. Tablacadabra
Producers: Shawn Lee
Click to listen!
14. Hairy Krishner
Producers: Shawn Lee
Click to listen!

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought

More Items From: Shawn Lee's Ping Pong Orchestra & Ubiquity Recordings

Reviews and Comments

Your Name:

Location (City, Country):

How Many Stars Do You Give This Item?

Review This Item:




Review Guidelines:
• The recommended review length is 75 to 300 words.
• Your review should focus on specific reasons you like this item.
• The best reviews include not only whether you liked or disliked this item, but also why.

What not to include:
• Commenting on other reviews visible on the page. Other reviews and their position on the page are subject to change without notice.
• Profanity, obscenities, or spiteful remarks.
• Single-word reviews. We want to know why you liked or disliked the item.
• Phone numbers, mail addresses, URLs.
Type to the left to leave a comment about this item - your comment will show right here!
Order Processing Details:
Overnight: Guaranteed delivery 1 to 2 business days after processing.
Priority: Estimated delivery 2 to 3 business days after processing.
First Class: Estimated delivery 3 to 4 business days after processing (shipments under 13 oz. are given this option).
Standard: Estimated delivery 4 to 6 business days after processing.
Ground: Estimated delivery 5 to 7 business days after processing (shipments containing only music, videos or books are given this option).

For other frequently asked questions, please see our store help section.

PayPal Logo

Copyright ©1997-2014 UndergroundHipHop.com LLC. All Rights Reserved.