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Jeremiah Lockwood, the singer/songwriter/guitarist who leads the Sway Machinery, has been greatly influenced by two individuals: Jacob Konigsberg, his late grandfather, who was a cantor; and the bluesman Carolina Slim, Lockwood’s musical mentor. The Sway Machinery has a big sound, and it incorporates elements from other genres, such as rock and Afropop. The House of Friendly Ghosts, Vol. 1, came about as a result the five-man band traveling to Mali to participate in the Festival in the Desert. House spotlights the vocalist Khaira Arby and several other African musicians, including Vieux Farka Toure, contribute to the album. In the past, Lockwood has looked to the desert blues of outfits like Tinariwen for inspiration, so this album comes off as a natural next step in the band’s evolution. Lockwood has always possessed a distinctive voice, but now he has really come into his own as a vocalist. (Lockwood’s singing and Arby’s powerful voice make for a wonderful contrast from track to track.) It’s a joy to hear someone create forward-looking music as he digs deeper and deeper into his roots.

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Great Afrobeat/Blues Record

The Sway Machinery have really evolved on this record and their collaborations with Khaira Arby are terrific.

makes me wanna dance

this album is sweet. guitar, brass, afro beat, what an awesome combo.


Formed: 2006

Genre: World

Years Active: '00s

Though Sway Machinery frontman Jeremiah Lockwood grew up listening to both records of famous Jewish Cantors in his grandparents' Queens apartment (his maternal grandfather, Jacob Konigsberg, was a well-known Cantor himself), as well as the blues (he started playing blues guitar as a teenager, studying and playing in the New York subways with famed Piedmont blues guitarist Carolina Slim), it wasn't until he was an adult that he was able to bring the two together in a coherent amalgamation. In 2006,...
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The House of Friendly Ghosts, Vol. 1 (feat. Khaira Arby), The Sway Machinery
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: World, Music, Rock
  • Released: Mar 08, 2011

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