Africa is a vast continent, rich with cultures and languages that are quite complex to the outsider. Its music is just as diverse, with every country having characteristics that are different from one another, indigenous in spirit but also sharing some of its many outside influences. Max Wild takes in his outsider mentality and brings it within the heart of African to create Tamba (Obliqsound).
The music is very happy and proud, and in this case it’s a mixture of jazz with pop. It is not as heavy or funky as Fela Kuti, one might argue that it may sound like tourist/resort music, or “ready made for Disney” but that would be avoiding the power of the pride of the country they sing about. It is accessible, and with songs like “Kuvakidzana” and “Rudo Rwako” you may reminisce about the first time you were exposed to African music, with a team of vocalists who sing for love, honor, pride, and simply for being. While tracks such as “Voice”, “Butterfly”, and “In Your World” may be easier for the Western tongue to say, they do not lose any of the impact these musicians and singers offer, and Wild is able to bring forth the elegance of these songs while gluing them together with his saxophone work.