Pursuing a career spanning five decades, never resting on his laurels, always on the move, Eric Bibb has
a full bag of stories to tell from around the world. So, here comes Global Griot, global indeed, recorded in
France, Sweden, Jamaica, Ghana, Canada, the UK and the US ! If the expression “World Music” were not
so problematic and much misused as a marketing tool it would suit Eric’s approach. But don’t get it wrong:
He is first and foremost a “blues brother”- an old school bluesman who finds ways to expand his domain.
Along his journey he’s been fortunate enough to meet incredibly talented musicians who he regards as kindred
spirits. Some of them have been reunited for this album such as Sweden’s guitar ace Staffan Astner,
reggae legend Ken Boothe from Jamaica, top-drawing Americans Big Daddy Wilson, Harrison Kennedy,
Michael Jerome Browne, Linda Tillery of Cultural Heritage Choir fame and two remarkable West African
musicians – Malian guitarist/singer Habib Koité (who contributed so much to the success of “Brothers In
Bamako”) and the Senegalese Solo Cissokho whose omnipresent kora playing is one of the beauties of this
double-disc album. And let’s not forget wife Ulrika Bibb contributing celestial harmonies.
This is Eric’s most collaborative work to date with all songs (besides four traditional tunes and two covers)
sharing writing credits with various musicians involved in the album. The two covers were originally recorded
in the ‘50’s: Ed McCurdy’s “Last Night I Had The Strangest Dream” was an anthem of the peace
movement. Children were filmed singing it at the destruction of the Berlin Wall and it was covered by
(among others) Simon & Garfunkel and Johnny Cash. Big Bill Broonzy’s “Black, Brown and White” was his
most committed song, alas still relevant nowadays. As Eric tells us in “Hoist Up The Banner”: “I don’t think
of myself as a flag waver and here I am, wavin’ this one” – because he felt he had to, confronted with the
ugly rhetoric spreading like prairie fires, here and there.
Always the entertainer, the educator and the motivator, Eric Bibb, more than ever, continues to resonate
with what is currently happening in the world today.