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Saturday, February 2, 2008

Club Africa collection

Club Africa (Vol. 1)

One of a handful of Afro beat/Afro jazz compilations put out by British promoter and DJ Ross Dewbury, Club Africa features an infectious blend of '70s cuts informed by Fela's groundbreaking Afro roots and jazz blend. High profile moments come courtesy of Mandingo, Peter King, and Miriam Makeba, revealing the collection's cross-cultural bent in the process. In fact, a good amount here is global, coming from the likes of Columbia's Wganda Kenya, the New York-African group Buari (featuring jazz drummer Bernard Purdie), and the U.S. session band behind Chakachas' funk hit "Jungle Fever." And, yes, there is plenty of Africa here too, not only in all the music of course, but more directly in the Fela-meets-Sunny Ade side "Jungle Funk" by Nigeria's Nkengas and the Afro-Cuban cut "Kenia" by Kenya's Mombasa. The grooves are incredible throughout, making it easy to believe, as Dewbury purports in the liner notes, that this music is "the flavor of '99 with cutting edge DJs." Save for the Gaytones' lifeless rendition of the Manu Dibango hit "Soul Makossa" and the Ashantis' Afro-Allman Brothers jam "Everybody's Groove," it's not hard to see why the hipsters of Dance Nation are getting down to cuts like these. ~ Stephen Cook, All Music Guide

1. River Luv Lite - Oneness Of Juju
2. Shakalaode - Kenya, Wganda
3. Eltsuhg Ibal Lasiti - Daktaris
4. Karam Bani - Buari
5. Rhythm On Rhythm - Sookie
6. Cheetah - Mandingo
7. Soul Makossa - Gaytones
8. Kenia - Mombassa (1)
9. Silver Black Summer Day - Living Funk
10. Ritual - Gomez, Nico Afro-Percussion Inc.
11. Jungle Funk - Nkengas
12. Afro Funk - King, Peter (3)
13. Everybody's Groove - Ashantis
14. Samba - Makeba, Miriam

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Club Africa (Vol. 2)

Another album compiled by number one Afro-beat promoter Russ Dewbury. This is the first of his African collections where Fela Kuti is not included. But nonetheless the focus, being funk on the earlier albums, has shifted slightly toward Afro-beat, which means long repetitive songs with more complex rhythms. This makes for less immediate hits, with the most furious tracks from the other collections not equaled here. But the dancefloor potential is still extremely high, as is the collector's factor, with many of the tracks being very hard to find in the Western world. Not that all the groups are African. Exile One is from Guadeloupe and Antonio Carlos E Jocafi is from Brazil, with many of the others having recorded albums in Europe or the States. An exception from the funky Afro-beat style of the album is the jazzy "A Long Way From Home" by Hugh Masekela, feeling a bit out of place on an album seemingly intended for the dancefloor. Other tracks that stick out are "Dyambo" by Hugh Masekela & the Union of South Africa and "Mahlalea" by Letta Mbulu, who, together with Manu Dibango, is the most well-known contributor to the album. Their songs are more soul than funk, but very African soul -- fast moving with a rolling rhythm and much percussion. And in the case of "Letta Mbulu," it is one of few available recordings where she shows why she really is the soul queen of South Africa. ~ Lars Lovén, All Music Guide

1. Bananaticoco - Max B.
2. New Bell - Manu Dibango
3. Funky Crookie - Exile One
4. Long Ways from Home - Hugh Masekela
5. Jo Jolo - Peter King, Peter King
6. Wuyé Wuy - West African Cosmos
7. Black Family - Roy Ayers
8. Let Your Mind Take the Place of Your Body - Living Funk
9. Precious Mother - Black Egypt, Bukky Leo
10. Ererimbot Ayafung Oko - Rex Williams
11. Takuta - Babatunde Olatunji
12. Simbarer - Antônio Carlos e Jocafi
13. Dyambo - Hugh Masekela, Union Of South Africa
14. Talking Drum - Africa Messengers, Ginger Johnson
15. Mahlalela - Letta Mbulu

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AMP said...

Very nice surprise! Can't wait to check out this Vol. 1!!! Great selections you have here, and thanks for visiting ICOOYS.

XMP said...

digging your spot!

bullinacave said...

this music is magic, it is just what it is, magic.. like visiting a parallel universe and finding rivers of light!