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Swedish Trio releases new double album and rips off german band Thunder's theme. By Kaydence Plagal

In February of this year, the german band Thunder (sometimes known as Donner in their native land) released a six-song CD (also on vinyl as well I understand) titled M'thali: African Proverbs. The six songs were all inspired by african proverbs and included collaborations with a few african performers as well, including
the swahili/kenyan band Harambee Kiswahili Bendi, the malian kora virtuoso Djéli Kumbengo Kouyaté and his countryman Prince Birimintingo Jatigi, as well as the ewe vocalist Ada Oyo Ketu and the bahunde Kobi Kihunde who does a beautiful duet with singer Ava Fear of the swedish band The Dead. With the quick success of this album, Thunder, four months later in May, released a 20 song album (plus 2 bonus tracks featuring collaborations with Alisha) based on the same theme and simply titled Proverbs.
Tom Gång Trio had at that time been preparing to release an album titled Walking. (Gång in swedish is related to walking and not to a group of people as we associate the similar word 'gang' to in english). This album was to be all covers of older international hits that have a walking theme (mostly, if not all, american songs which reveal Tom Gång Trio's taste in music). When Thunder released Proverbs to immediate success, Tom Gång Trio quickly changed plans to do a proverb-theme album as well. (Thunder's album was inspired by proverbs related to thunder; Tom Gång Trio's album had to do with proverbs related to walking). Confused, I think, about which album to release (the cover album or the proverb theme album) the trio released a double album titled Walking: Proverbs, which, except for Kobi Kihunde, also includes all of Thunder's african collaborators plus more (although the album is not africa-related, except for a few songs inspired by african proverbs).

However, whether it as a rip-off of Thunder's theme or not, I think the album is an excellent example of quality technical and musical production, singing and musicality, exemplifying the...

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