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Accommodating Gods

by Afroshock

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Changó 05:30
Obatalá 05:05
Mála Mála 04:04
Babalú Ayé 06:56
Odduaremú 07:41
Oggún 03:29
Asomadó 05:19


Accommodating Gods is the only discographic outlet of Afroshock, a duo of Maurizio Ravalico (congas, percussion, vocal) and Davide Giovannini (drum kit, timbales, vocal), whose collaboration spanned from 1989 to 2000. Afroshock’s repertoire was centered entirely on the idea of reworking and a paying creative tribute to the sacred music of Cuban Santeria, a music that Davide and Maurizio have loved, studied thoroughly and performed extensively throughout the nineties, while both being two key figures in the British Cuban and Salsa music scene.


“Afroshock (…) remains an underground masterpiece of the Latin percussion world”
On the sleeve notes of Rhythms of the City (F-ire, 2008)

(…) this CD is the result of these two Italian percussionists being immersed in music that serves the deities of the African religions in Cuba. Rather than simply regurgitate or mirror what they’d learned during their journey the duo transposed the music from bata drums to trap drums, congas and other percussion. Maurizio and Davide sing and play with fire and passion and, like Bata Ketu’s CD, makes this innovative venture essential to investigate.
(Paul Bradshaw - Straight no Chaser, Winter 1998)

(…) two Italian percussionists who have caused quite a stir since arriving in London (…). Both virtuosos with a thorough knowledge of Afro-Cuban rhythms, they are firmly entrenched on the London Latin scene and have finally released their long-awaited debut album Accommodating Gods (…). Afroshock have arranged traditional Cuban folkloric songs for drum kit, percussion and several voices in a way that defies belief. This is a live album with no overdubs that sounds full (I’d swear there were five or six of them!). To play these intricate rhythms, with these arrangements and sing harmonies is impressive stuff. (…) this is a must for students of Latin percussion and those interested in Cuban music. Others should see the band if they get the chance. Seeing is believing.
(Roger Beaujolais - Musicians Magazine, 1998)


released November 15, 1998

Produced by Afroshock
Co-produced by Tom Leader

Recorded and mixed on January 23rd, 24th, 25th 1995
at Snake Ranch Studio, London
Engineer: Tom Leader
Assistant Engineer and xerox machine operator on track 9: Sharon Perret
GÜIRO FOR ELEGGUÁ produced by Stuart Flanaghan
Recorded directly onto DAT on February 6th 1992 at Angel Studio, London
Engineer: Tom Leader
Assistant Engineer: Kirsten Cowie
Mastering: Lee Rumble at Prime CDs
Artworks, Art Direction and Design: Maurizio Ravalico
Photography and Graphics: Gió Piras
Executive Producer: Maurizio Ravalico

Davide and Maurizio would like to thank:
each other, Irian Lopez, Pedrito Lopez, Reinaldo Lopez, Albertico Lopez, Marco Fossati, Esmeralda Sciascia, Sergio Limuti, Dave Pattman, Jacques Centonze, Stuart Flanaghan, Kirsten Cowie, Roberto Perisi, Andrea Terrano, Daniel Parry, Susan Frost, Conrad Heine, Lisa Shimidzu, Paul Bradshaw, Bob Wiczling, Tina, Garreth Stevens, Fortunato Antec, Daniela Giovannini, Angela Giovannini, Sergio Giovannini, Giannina Ravalico, Arrigo Ravalico, James Taylor, Snowboy, Chris Frank, Mike Smith, Nina Jaffa, Tom Leader, Gió Piras.

All tracks are traditional, except where indicated, arranged by Afroshock.
All themes and musical elements which are not part of public domain are composed by Afroshock.
These are all live takes, there are no overdubs on this recording.

MAURIZIO RAVALICO plays JCP congas, percussion, Paiste cymbals, vocal on left channel.

DAVIDE GIOVANNINI plays drums, JCP timbales, log drum, Zildjan cymbals, vocal on right channel.

© 1992 , 1995
Originally released in November 1998 - CRCD01


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Maurizio Ravalico East London, South Africa

This page deals mainly with Maurizio's early independent releases and with his more recent releases with the Funkiwala label.
For all his discography between 2006 and 2017 please go to the Not Applicable Bandcamp page, not-applicable.bandcamp.com.

For in-depth infos, bio and full discography go to Maurizio Ravalico's website, www.maurizioravalico.com.
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