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  • Summary: Producer Ian Brennan recorded the Northern Ghana trio's funeral procession music live.
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  1. The Wire
    Jun 11, 2020
    80
    With their reverent, celebratory tone, tracks like “Naked (You Enter & Leave This World With Nothing)”, “I Will Follow You For Life, Everywhere” and “We Must Grieve Together” speak to the music’s function as an integral part of a community’s healing process. Sung together in deep harmony and pulling their inspiration from a source too powerful and mysterious for words, fra fra’s funeral songs offer a glimpse into how the people of this particular corner of West Africa deal with the pain, uncertainty and finality of death. [Jun 2020, p.49]
  2. Jun 11, 2020
    80
    Funeral Songs is neither the first nor last gloriously raw album to be laid down in such a state.
  3. Uncut
    Jun 11, 2020
    80
    Hearing these instantaneous, improvised rituals makes the world feel a little less huge. [Jun 2020, p.29]
  4. Mojo
    Jun 11, 2020
    80
    The most instantly appealing to date, channeling a high degree of emotional intensity and a remarkable sense of joy through minimal instrumentation. [Jul 2020, p.87]