Monday, July 19, 2021

Robert Plant revisits 2001 collaboration with Afro Celt Sound System

Robert Plant is revisiting a 2001 collaboration with UK outfit Afro Celt Sound System on the latest episode of his Digging Deep podcast series.

The band – who mix traditional Gaelic and West African music with electronic music – invited Plant to join them for the track "Life Begin Again", which would first appear on their 2001 album, “Volume 3: Further in Time”, before its inclusion on Plant’s 2003 compilation, “Sixty Six to Timbuktu.”

“I was ‘under the cosh’ (put in a difficult position) by people who represented parts of my would-be career, that they would see where I should go for the best, and it was always in the same direction,” Plant explains. “So, I was always looking for the blue note that was in blues…and it couldn’t be in blues, blues-rock, that sort of stuff…and I was very fortunate to get turned on the them (Afro Celt Sound System) at a very early juncture.

"I think it was (producer/guitarist) Simon Emmerson who came to me and said, ‘Look, we know what your story is; you’ve got to come and sing this song.”

Plant has continued to explore a variety of musical soundscapes throughout his solo career, including material on his most recent studio release, 2017’s “Carry Fire.”

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