Jasper Van’t Hof - Pili Pili - Jasper Van’t Hof - Pili Pili - Artists Jasper Van’t Hof Style Balearic, House Release Date 10 May 2024 Cat No. NUNSFTV002V Format 12" Vinyl - NuNorthern Soul - NuNorthern Soul - NuNorthern Soul - Jasper Van’t Hof - Pili Pili - Vinyl Record

Jasper Van’t Hof - Pili Pili

LABEL:   NuNorthern Soul

ARTISTS: Jasper Van’t Hof
RELEASE DATE: 2024-05-10
FORMAT: 12" Vinyl
STYLE: Balearic, House

In 1984, Jasper Van’t Hof, a prominent European jazz pianist, propelled to fame with the energetic ‘Pili Pili’ a 15-minute trance collaboration with Guinea's Isaac Tagul Group. Inspired by a fiery red pepperoni, the track sold over 100,000 copies, leading the group to adopt the name Pili Pili, becoming a hit in the club and disco scene. Pili Pili's musical roots trace back to Van’t Hof's 1982-83 tour in Central Africa, where he discovered a love for African music. The band embraced authenticity by collaborating with diverse African musicians from Mali, Congo, Senegal, and Guinea. In 2000, Van’t Hof initiat-ed a project with the young Zulu choir Phikelela Sakhu-la from Durban, South Africa. Pili Pili's style, described as experimental fusion, blends intricate African rhythms with jazz, fusion, funk, and dance. Van’t Hof emphasized the importance of groove over complex solos, stating that intellectual approaches are lost in their music. The band's performances, marked by their energetic fusion of jazz and African rhythms, gained acclaim across Europe. Regular tours and festival appearances, such as the Jazz Festival of Montreux, solidified Pili Pili's reputation as an excellent live band. Reviews praised the band's dynamic and explosive music, turn-ing every performance into a rhythmic and fiery expe-rience.

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