WAHH's Brother Ray was a joyful goodbye to a Tampa Bay world music giant

Best local albums of 2018.

Wahh World Fusion Band, which released 'Brother Ray' in 2018. - Facebook/Wahh World Fusion Band
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Wahh World Fusion Band, which released 'Brother Ray' in 2018.

WAHH World Fusion Band: Brother Ray WAHH World Fusion Band’s 2018 album is a love letter to its former bassist, the late Ray Villadonga, who spent the month before he died clocking in 12-hour days in the hopes of getting these last bits of music to tape. Villadonga’s spirit is In the droning hum and hypnotizing vocal on the nearly 10-minute “Desire On Fire” and the modern-rock breakdown on album opener “Eternity.”

It’s in every octave of the crazy wah-wah pedal on “Loony Luna,” and it shines especially bright on Brother Ray’s title track. The joy Villadonga brought to unconventional music is almost tangible on the effort, and we’re all better for it, too.

Scroll through a slideshow of 2018's best Tampa Bay music releases or see and sample all of them here. Call your local record store to see if it is carrying the release.

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Ray Roa

Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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