Time has come for our first mix of African rhythms. I started to approach this music about 5 years ago: after all, a relatively short time. During this period I tried, starting from the one and the only Fela Kuti and from some compilations like Nigeria Special, to discover all the sub-genres of what we know as Afro music.
With this mix, I want to give you an idea of where this musical journey has brought me. Thanks again to my man Jopparelli for the mixing! Let’s start the ride…
1 Sabu Martinez – Wounded Knee
This track is a perfect intro. The drums and the voice of the narrator are very hypnotic. They put you immediately in the right mood for the rest of the session. Sabu Martinez is one of the few musicians of this mix who was not born in Africa (not a good start for an Afro mix, I have to say). He was a percussionist and he worked with big names such as Horace Silver and Dizzy Gillespie to name a few. This track is included in his masterpiece: the Afro Temple lp. Unmissable!
2 Gnonnas Pedro – DaDje Von o Von
This tune is like a choo choo train, you can’t stop his afro cuban groove, no matter what you try to do! Gnonnas Pedro and his band are known as “the African band that speaks every language”, they are very eclectic and he can play several instruments on his own. I came across him through this excellent collection!
3 Ebo Taylor – Atwer Abroba
What more can I say about Ebo taylor on this page? You already have some pics of his concert in Turin here and some appreciation here. This song is one of his masterpieces. As I said before, he is one of my musical heroes. Period!
4 Le Super Borgou de Parakou – Congolaise Benin Ye
I heard this track on the mighty compilation: African Scream Contest: Raw & Psychedelic Afro Sounds. A must have if you want to start digging this sound in a right direction. How would I describe this track? Raw & Psychedelic obviously.
5 Tirogo – Float
Unbelievable tune, pure energy. They are young and careless (they play like they just don’t care), fresh and dope! Check the insane guitar solo, really fuzzy but absolutely great. Jopparelli approved!
6 Vis A Vis – Obi Obi Agye Me Dofo
One of my personal favourite tracks! I think this song sum up the spirit of this music: very emotional, passionate and sentimental. I could listen to this song over and over again and not get tired. Would you?
7 Ocote Soul Sounds and Adrian Quesada – Tui Fin Mi Gomierezo
With this tune we move from the past (and from Africa), towards the future, even if you will not notice a big change. This duo plays latin funk and afro soul as it should be played. Respecting the roots and adding a modern touch. This song is from their third album. Hypnotic!
8 Pat Thomas & Marijata – No Condition is Permanent
Back on raw and dusty african old productions. Pat Thomas is a putative son of Ebo Taylor and this song is another personal favourite. The groove is rough, the voice is rougher, the whole song is wild! As Chuck D would say: this song is louder than a bomb!
9 Bright Engelberts & The B.E Movement – Tolambo Funk
This is just another groovy track. You got the word funk in the title and you definitely got real funk in the song. You better start to shake your ass with this, in order to warm up your body, as the rest of the mix is going to be absolutely danceable!
10 Orlando Julius – Disco Hi Life
Orlando Julius is one of the prominent artists from Nigeria. In the picture above, he was chatting with Mr James Brown, you already know what I mean with this… This track shows you all his greatness and his positive attitude. Perfect disco track, funny and involving.
11 Buari – I’m ready
This Buari’s song has pretty much the same characteristic of the previous one. Disco-funk tune with a pressing and persisting groove. Keep on moving brothers and sisters, keep on…
12 The Ogyatanaa Show Band – Disco Africa
One of my favourite african tracks ever and one of the songs that made me fall in love with this music. It’s coarse, unrefined, but I love it for this. Guys, do yourself a favour, drop all the polish and artificial sound you hear in these days and get back to this rough gems: you will not regret it!
13 The Ogyatanaa Show Band – Disco Africa (Quantic remix)
14 Sir Victor Uwaifo – Ohue (Frankie Francis & Simbad Edit)
Last track is the bomb! A remix of a Sir Victor Uwaifo classic by Frankie Francis and Simbad (Sofrito). I am speechless, this is a lesson for anyone who wants to do a re-edit. They keep the old flava and at the same time they add something innovative, but coherent with the original track. Seems simple, but it’s not an easy recipe.
Time for the music guys, enjoy: