Mausiki Scales, keyboardist and founder/musical director of the celebrated Atlanta-based afrobeat/funk ensemble, Common Ground Collective has laucnhed "WestWest Africa"
This is Mausiki's second solo project, which he wrote, arranged and produced. Vocalists on the project include the talented Julie Dexter, Brenda Nicole Moorer and Akua Taylor. "WestWest Africa" also highlights the musicianship of Russell Gunn, Tavius Elder, Morgan Guerin, Kebbi Williams, Quinn Masonry, Ra Flautista, Alex Jones, Ali Barr, Edgar Clark Jr., Reginald Starling, and Kenton Bostick.
WestWest Africa is a creation story expressed through music; it is an ode to the bridge between the spirit of the West African ancestors who endured the trans-Atlantic slave trade and their children in the Diaspora. The album incorporates the Jazz-fusion, Funk, and African rhythms for which Mausiki has become known.
Featured singles include “Kaleidoscopic Universe” released in February, in tandem with an infectious remix by Atlanta’s own DJ Kemit. This summer, the second single, “Let the Drum Remind You” hit the airwaves, followed by a sumptuous remix from Detroit born, ATL resident and world-renowned DJ/Producer Kai Alcé.
Created at a time when he was feeling deeply inspired to explore the cultural ties between his family and his ancestors, Scales likens this album to “the sound of community in dialogue with a griot. I take deep pride in capturing the resilience of my ancestors and translating that into sound--allowing the musicians and the audience to experience, even briefly, life beyond the ordinary." According to scholar and arts critic Michael Simanga, Scales’ music deeply connects to the “African spirit and the centuries-old exchange of experiences between African people in the Diaspora.”
The album brings a positive sacred energy and messaging throughout, that is rarely heard or felt in some of present-day music and is definitely needed in these times. Mausiki's Common Ground Collective have performed in numerous celebrations, concerts and special events throughout Africa and the Americas, including Ghana's Golden Anniversary Celebration, the National Black Arts Festival, Funk Jazz Café, and the Atlanta Jazz Festival.
They have also collaborated with artists such as Roy Ayers, Les Nubians, Babatunde Olatunji, Stevie Wonder, The Last Poets and Third World.