Deline Briscoe is reviewed by Audiophile Review with her new album Wawu

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Deline Briscoe

New Music Fridays

Deline Briscoe – “Wawu” Gaba Music

Deline Briscoe

OK, so let’s get this out of the way first – “Wawu” is a Kuku-Yalanji word that essentially means spirit, heart and love. Where, you ask, is the language of Kuku-Yalanji spoken? That would be on the southeast coast of Cape York between Cooktown and Mossman in Queensland. And yes, that would be in Australia. Her voice is first rate and she does a stellar job on the thirteen included tracks. I was, and really still am, a little undecided as to the exact, specific genre I should attribute to this work. Some of the songs, or parts thereof, are sung in Yalanji, some in English. There are hints of jazz, contemporary and pop influences throughout this work. Pinning it down to one seems difficult. I suppose it could most readily be called “World Music.” Really though, none of that matters because “Wawu” is an outstanding work regardless of the genre or language in which it is performed. I will admit that because I obviously do not speak Kuku-Yalanji I found myself curious about the meaning of the lyrics I couldn’t understand. But that’s not a real big issue because I just settled back in my listening chair and, frankly, just enjoyed myself – language notwithstanding.

Overall:   8

Sonics:    8

Kari Gaffney

Kari Gaffney

Since 1988 Kari-On Productions has helped artists get an even footing in the industry through jazz promotion in the genres of Jazz, World & Latin Jazz through Jazz Radio and Publicity. Why do we do both, because they compliment each other, and we care about fiscal longevity for the artist.

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