Last Flight from Rwanda

Kilimandscharo Dub & Riddim Society

They are still around: Bands whose sound is original and unique but nevertheless catchy – so catchy you simply cannot sit still. (

KDR-Society press reviews on LAST FLIGHT FROM RWANDA 07

The six men don’t use their voices for the most part and jump easily from style to style – their groove could be heard in the darkest of jazz clubs. You can feel their dedication in all of the tracks – some of them up to 12 minutes long. But it’s not quite as easy as that. One moment you might find the band going down a jazzy track – with no end in sight – when all of a sudden they spice up the whole thing with wonderful hip dub sounds. Their music is influenced by traditional African Music as well as Reggae. In short, they have recorded a truly exciting and different album.

Even the untrained ear can find its way into the highly elaborated music – that’s what makes the KDR so special. First class world music that’s danceable, catchy or just relaxing. However you look at it – this recording is simply great.

The result is a very special kind of instrumental music, using bits and pieces of African vocal music here and there.
Humorous titles such as: “hippies were dancing – the pits” or a fun sound collage intro – lasting more than half a minute called “Elephanto” – need no further comment. KDR music is fun, grooves, and has a beautiful swing.

(We can join the six outstanding musicians for an unrestricted sixty minute trip through the musical regions of Dub, Drum `n` Bass, South American rhythms and acoustic mindtrips, with Jazz as the omnipresent tourguide.
It would be a big understatement to call the album “Last flight from Rwanda” – too “freejazz”, “Capetown Commuter” would be way too easy-going, and “Quickie in Tobago” would appear way too deeply rooted in the special traditional African drum parts. KDR has successfully linked high level experimental music styles without getting lost in head-trip theoretical jazz sessions.

The six musicians of the “KDR-Society” could not be more different in age (30 to 50) and origin (Africa / America / Great Britain/ Austria). But that doesn`t prevent them from creating indescribable music that goes beyond all musical borders. You can hear the cultural influences of each musician in almost every piece. .

(The result is hard to describe, but all the better to enjoy. Dub is used as a kind of musical universal language and lets the different cultures talk with one universal voice. A great example of reanimating the World Music cliché and filling it with life.

Whoever stays relaxed and doesn`t move at least one part of his body to this rhythmic music needs to consult a doctor.

(This is precision work par excellence. The musicians leave a lot of open space for themselves and their musical needs, out of a down to earth awareness that they don’t have to prove anything anymore. Groove, Groove and more Groove –
The music will knock your socks off track by track, song by song.
Even if you listen to this CD over and over again you still find yourself on a certain kind of expedition – lead by a team of amazingly profound musicians who seem to have created a precious timeless masterpiece.

There is not one piece in the whole album which is boring or overwhelming. Don`t hesitate to get this CD – even if you are a fan of chillout- or loungemusic. Everyone will find a suitable song for every taste and for every situation.

Nevertheless – there is ease and groove in the jazz of the KDR-society. According to the KDR-manager Alfred Vogel, they wanted to create an album which you “would enjoy just as much in your car, as you would for an evening of intensive listening over a glass of wine.” He was referring to their attempt to create a style of playing jazz, which wouldn`t remain untouched in a high-flown intellectual corner. And it worked out! This is an instrumental recording with a wonderful sound which brings out the abilities of every single musician to the best level possible. This music stands in the tradition of Manu Dibango und Fela Kuti.