Learders of the emerging African Movement, GOKH-BI SYSTEM (pronounced GO-BEE) of Dakar, Senegal fuses together “Ancient” African traditional rhythms with contemporary “Urban” American beats in a style which they’ve dubbed, Ancient Meets Urban.
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“Gokh-Bi System sets positive thinking rap (in English as well as Senegalese languages) to handmade music, percussion, singing and riffs plucked on the ekonting, a Senegalese lute. Hip-Hop takes a joyful, respectful place alongside traditionalism.”
- The New York Times.
“The four Senegalese principles sing and rap well. (They are also terrific on stage with dance moves and up-full energy to spare.) And the band they’ve assembled in America cooks along nicely, without getting in the way of the 21st-century griots’ roots agenda.” – Afropop Worldwide.
“Voice of the Jeli” is soothing yet upbeat, using the gentle rhythmic melodies of the ekonting to give Gokh-Bi System their distinctive sound. With plenty of infectious beats and heartfelt lyrics, the album quickly had her reaching for the repeat button.
– Round The World.
“There are groups like GBS which remind us that the culture of hip-hop was not born in a synthesizer, but which indeed comes from African traditions.”
- Epoch Times International.
“I want to hear something organic, rootsy and from the earth. I want vivid mental images. I want a break from processed beats and American twangs. I want a break from it all. And Gokh-bi System are the perfect remedy for all of that. They are perhaps the only band out there "keepin it real."- Ukhh.com
“Gokh-Bi System delivers rump-shaking beats, the magnitude of which borders on genius.” – Seattle Post Intelligencer.
“A true moment of cross-cultural bliss. - Soundroots (Bumbershoot 2006 Festival)
“…music stylings combine traditional sounds with contemporary Western grooves.”
- National Geographic Live
“They’ve come up from there to insist that we join them in embracing the world.”
Harp Magazine (Bumbershoot 2006 Festival)
“As vibrant and colorful as the tie-dyed tunics the entire band sported.”
- Boston Live Magazine
“An exhilarating performance you won’t want to miss.”
- Festival International de Louisiane
“GBS’s soulful griot style seamlessly blends rap with a message that is simultaneously pensive and positive.” - Link TV
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