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Holy Forest

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Roses 02:53
Lion's Door 03:13
Bahia 04:09
Walking Dead 03:50
Make Love 02:50
Make Music 03:42


Holy Forest is the brainchild of musician and filmmaker Jon Fine (Herbie Hancock's "Possibilities"/ Bill Wither's "Still Bill"). Wearing a number of hats on this record as producer, instrumentalist and songwriter, Fine enlisted friends and collaborators to play on a genre-blending project which includes members of Antibalas, singer’s Morley Kamen, Seraphim, Sparlha Swa, Ed “Preachermann” Holley, Gambian griot Tata Din Din Jobarteh (aka the Jimi Hendrix of the Kora) and Grammy nominated Kora master Youssoupha Sidibe.

The recording sessions, spanning 3 years were inspired by a trip to the Gambia’s Makasutu forest, a lush green riverine wilderness of mangrove swamps. The 11 track self-titled debut album “Holy Forest” was recorded in Gambia, New York, Woodstock and San Francisco.


released October 15, 2015

Produced by Jon Fine
A Makasutu Sound System Production

Africa Calling
(Written by Jon Fine)
Vocal: Ed “Preachermann” Holley
Kora, Background Vocal: Tata Din Din Jobarteh
Bass, Keys, Guitar: Jon Fine
Saxophone: Stuart Bogie
Trumpet: Jordan McLean
Baritone: Martin Perna
Percussion: Matt Hauser
Drums: Nathan Hank

Nyokonole - We Are Together
(Written by Jon Fine, S.T. Da Gambian Dream, Tata Din Din and Darius VanSluytman)
Vocals: S.T, Tata Din Din Jobarteh, No Surrender
Guitar, Bass, Drum Programming: Jon Fine
Drums: Pierre Davis

Cities on Fire
(Written by Jon Fine)
Kora: Youssoupha Sidibe
Vocals: Ed “Preachermann” Holley
Guitar, Bass, Keys: Jon Fine
Drums: Pierre Davis
Cello: Kristine Kruta

(Written by Jon Fine and Sparlha Swa)
Vocal: Sparlha Swa
Kora: Youssoupha Sidibe
Bass, Guitar, Keys: Jon Fine
Drums: Sebastian Bauer, Pierre Davis
Percussion: Matt Hauser
Trumpet: Jordan McLean
Sax: Freddy Deboe

Lion’s Door
(Written by Jon Fine and I’kyori Swaby / Horn arrangements by Jordan McLean)
Vocal: I’kyori Swaby
Background Vocal: Ed “Preachermann” Holley
Bass, Guitar, Keys and Programming: Jon Fine
Lead Guitar: Morgan Harris
Harmonica: Ben Fine
Drums: Pierre Davis
Percussion: Matt Hauser
Trumpet: Jordan McLean
Sax: Stuart Bogie
Baritone Sax: Martin Perna

(Written by Jon Fine and Sparlha Swa)
Vocals: Sparlha Swa
Guitar, Bass, Keyboards: Jon Fine
Rhodes: Jesse Hofrichter
Drums: Pierre Davis
Percussion: Taagen Swaby

Woodstock Dub
(Written by Jon Fine, I’kyori Swaby, Taagen Swaby, Ben Fine and Marcus Burrowes)
Bass and Keys: Jon Fine
Guitar: I’kyori Swaby
Drums: Taagen Swaby
Percussion: Marcus Burrowes
Harmonica & Melodica: Ben Fine
Texture and re-mixing: Chris Kelly
The country reggae soundtrack for a long road trip featuring Ben Fine on harp and melodica.

Walking Dead
(Written by Jon Fine)
Vocals and Synths: Jamal “Seraphim” Van Sluytman
Guitar, Bass, Keys, Background vocals, Programming: Jon Fine
No Surrender vocalist Seraphim sings a hypnotic bluesy folk ode to doing what you love.

Então Me Leve
Vocal: Sparlha Swa
Acoustic Guitar: Jon Fine

Make Love
(Written by Jon Fine, Morgan Harris, I’kyori Swaby and Sean Clete)
Vocals: Ed “Preachermann” Holley
Guitar: Jon Fine
Bass: Morgan Harris
Drums: Sean Clete
Electric Piano: I’kyori Swaby

Make Music
(Written by Jon Fine, Youssoupha Sidibe and Morley Shanti Kamen)
Vocals: Morley
Kora: Youssoupha Sidibe
Bass, Guitar, Keyboards: Jon Fine
Rhodes: Ebon Moss-Bachrach
Trumpet: Jordan McLean
Sax: Stuart Bogie
Drums: Steven Lupita Heet

Mixed and Engineered by Jon Fine and Lee Weinberg at Feet First Studios
Mastered by Joe Lambert at Joe Lambert Mastering, Brooklyn NY
Additional Engineering by Mark Bengston, Evan Mangiamele, Diko Shoturma, John Hancock
Recorded at Creature Studios, Feet First Studios, Atlantic Studios, Tata Din Din’s in The Gambia
Album artwork ©Andrew Zuckerman
All songs © 2015 Mightyfine Music except:
“Roses” and “Bahia” © 2015 Mighty Fine Music (ASCAP) and Uprising Music Publishing (ASCAP)
“Make Music” ©2015 Mightyfine Music (ASCAP) and Oneism Music (ASCAP)



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