Jimmy Mawi – I Want Get Up

J. Edward Keyes

By J. Edward Keyes

on 03.07.14 in Listen to This

The perfect way to tumble into your weekend: “I Want Get Up,” a mid ’70s single by Madagascan guitarist Jimmy Mawi, is a steady-percolating ball of restless energy. Organs pop and jitter, wah-wah guitar kicks up frantic fits and Mawi delivers each lyric with a calm control — he has the easy grace of a master bandleader. The single, which was issued on a 10″ by the always-excellent Soundway label last year, is one of three Mawi recorded, all of which vanished into almost immediate obscurity. Soundway’s re-discovery helps brings this smoldering afro-funk masterpiece to the large audience it deserves.