Next month sees the stateside release of volume two of Jazzman Records’ Spritual Jazz series. Like volume one, the set once again highlights under-appreciated ‘esoteric, modal and deep jazz’ – only here the sole emphasis is on Europe. We’ll dig in deeper in May, but today I want to re-introduce a tune I caught wind of via the series first volume: Senegalese drummer and bandleader, Mor Thiam’s “Ayo Ayo Nene.” Cut in 1973, originally found on Thiam’s Drums of Fire record, I cannot possibly spit enough hyperbolic praise here to do the track justice. Just press play, rinse and repeat. Oh yeah, Thiam is Akon’s pops.