“I would like to invite you to the No Problem Saloon
It is just a place full of no problems
Put on your dancing shoes in the No Problem Saloon”
Such is the enigmatic message which ushers us into the kaleidoscopic new album by incomparable Berlin-based band OY, aka Swiss-Ghanaian vocalist & musician Joy Frempong and drummer & producer Lleluja-Ha.
A collection of colourful songs weaving OY’s own strains of electronica, whirling drums and captivating & humorous storytelling, laced with distinctly African musical and lyrical elements, “No Problem Saloon” is driven by Joy’s soulful, melodic and arrestingly versatile voice.
Joy gathered elements for this unique album during a series of trips to Mali, Burkina Faso, Ghana and South Africa. She met scores of people, listened to proverbs, heard stories, and collected bits of field recordings which, upon the duet’s return to their Berlin studio, were all used as building blocks, in a perfectly organic way: the slam of a taxi door became a drum, an antiquated washing machine provided a bass sound, conversation and street noises started drifting in and out of the songs, and the lyrics were naturally developed from the stories and fragments of popular wisdom culled during these encounters.
Joy and Lleluja-Ha then started exploring the songs on stage, injecting further ideas into the pieces before finalizing the production.
This quasi-alchemical process worked wonders, and resulted in a mesmerizing and thoroughly engaging album, which OY have managed to masterfully transpose to the stage, as their exhilarating, dynamic live show has already electrified crowds at prestigious events such as Transmusicales, Les Eurockéennes, Sonar, SXSW, Montreux Jazz and more.
OY have now joined forces with Crammed Discs, who are releasing “No Problem Saloon” in March 2014. The album will be preceded by the single “Market Place”, illustrated by a video shot in Accra, Ghana.