Friday, November 08, 2013

VA - The Rough Guide To African Disco [Special Edition] (2013)

VA - The Rough Guide To African Disco [Special Edition] (2013)

Artist: Various Artists
Title Of Album: The Rough Guide To African Disco
Year Of Release: 2013
Label: World Music Network / RGNET1296CD
Genre: Disco, Funk, Afro-Beat, Jazz
Total Time: 1:37:04
Format: Mp3 / FLAC (tracks +.cue, log-file)
Quality: CBR 320 kbps / Lossless
Total Size: 233 mb / 679 mb

As the 1970s dawned, the all-glittering, all-dancing sounds of disco were reverberating right around the globe. Creative scenesters put their own spin on the disco sound, mashing together the rhythmic pulse of funk, soul and Latin with African grooves; soukous, Afrobeat, township jive and more. Dig the far out sounds of Osibisa, Tony Allen, Mango Groove and Yvonne Chaka Chaka.

Bonus CD: Vincent Nguini And Maloko, Soul On Fire. Hear the works of Wilson Pickett, Sam Cooke, Otis Redding and James Brown as they have never sounded before! This vintage release sees Cameroonian guitarist Vincent Nguini arranging eight classic tracks in soukous style. The retro sound is complete with heavy, brassy horns. Players include Congolese guitarist Syran Mbenza and saxophonist Fredo Ndoumbe-Ngando.


Disc 1
01. Mixed Grill – A Brand New Wayo 5:01
02. Pat Thomas – Yesu San Bra 3:51
03. The Lijadu Sisters – Come On Home 5:16
04. Mahlathini And The Mahotella Queens – Kazet 3:46
05. Yvonne Chaka Chaka – Kwedini 4:37
06. Sir Victor UwaifoFrankie Francis And Simbad Edit – Ohue 5:37
07. Bibi Tanga And The Selenites – Be Africa 4:15
08. Manu Dibango – Yekey Tenge 5:57
09. Osibisa – Dance The Body music 3:48
10. Mango Groove – Tsa-oo 4:15
11. Teaspoon And The Waves – Oh Yeh Soweto 4:14
12. Tony Allen And The Afro Messengers – Love Is A Natural Thing 9:08
13. Marumo – Toitoi 3:38

Disc 2 Bonus Cd – Vincent Nguini & Maloko – Soul On Fire
01. Vincent Nguini And Maloko – In The Midnight Hour (Medley I) 4:02
02. Vincent Nguini And Maloko – Stand By Me 3:22
03. Vincent Nguini And Maloko – Wonderful World 4:28
04. Vincent Nguini And Maloko – Words Of Love 2:39
05. Vincent Nguini And Maloko – In The Midnight Hour (Medley II) 4:24
06. Vincent Nguini And Maloko – Direct Me 5:51
07. Vincent Nguini And Maloko – Soul Man 3:45
08. Vincent Nguini And Maloko – Cold Sweat 5:02

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Thursday, November 07, 2013

V.A - Afrika Underground - Jazz funk & fusion under apartheid

Sortie : 2002
Style : Jazz funk , Fusion

Tracklist :
1. Lament
2. Chapita - Dick Khoza
3. Half N Half - Zacks Nkosi
4. Thunder into Our Hearts - Jabula
5. I la I La
6. I Remember You - Mike Makhalemele
7. Way It Used to Be
8. African Live [Moto] - Dick Khoza
9. Wilderness - Zacks Nkosi
10. Musikana - Harari
11. Blues for Yusef - Lionel Pillay

Really wonderful stuff -- a collection of totally unique grooves that won't cross over with any of your other African funk compilations! The focus here is on jazz, not funk or soul -- and the set features a wealth of great tracks pulled from obscure South African records of the late 70s and early 80s. Funky fusion is definitely in command here -- and the overall feel of the tracks is similar to some of the best European funky fusion of the 70s, fused with elements of African percussion and instrumentation -- creating a true crossover of styles that crackles with a freshness that will have you coming back to this one again and again! Most tracks are instrumental -- and the grooves here are a lot more complicated than on your average James Brown-inspired African funk tracks, a mix of strident modal modes, and other choppier funkier riff-heavy tunes. Plus, the whole thing's put together with the righteous intelligence of all the other Counterpoint titles -- with great notes, incredible sound, and an approach that will easily take you to a whole new musical world! Titles include "I Remember You" by Mike Makahalemele, "Half N Half" by Zacks Nkosi, "Chapita" by Dick Khoza, "Lament" by Movement In The City, "Blues For Yusef" by Lionel Pillay, "The Way It Used To Be" by Pacific Express, and "La I La I La" by George Lee Larnyoh.permalink

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Ike Turner & The Kings Of Rhythm ‎- A Black Man's Soul (2004)

Artist: Ike Turner & The Kings Of Rhythm
Title Of Album: A Black Man's Soul
Year Of Release: 2004 (1969)
Label: Funky Delicacies | 47
Genre: Funk, Soul, R&B
Quality: Mp3
Bitrate: CBR 320 kbps
Total Time: 44:07
Total Size: 106 MB


01 Thinking Black
02 Black Beauty
03 Ghetto Funk
04 Black's Alley
05 Black Angel
06 Getting nasty
07 Funky Mule
08 Philly Dog
09 Scotty Souling
10 Up Hard
11 Nuttin' Up
12 Freedom Sound
13 Chain of Fools
14 No More Doggin' See All 3
15 Knock On Wood
16 Driftin' Blues

Guitar – Jesse Knight
Trumpet – Mack Johnson
Guitar – Ike Turner
Percussion – Teasky Tribble
Piano – Fred Sample, Ike Turner, Billy Preston
Saxophone – Washee
Trombone – Jesse Heron
Vocals – Tina Turner

Monday, November 04, 2013

VA - Red Hot + Fela (2013)

VA - Red Hot + Fela (2013)

Artist: Various Artists
Title Of Album: Red Hot + Fela
Year Of Release: 2013
Label: Knitting Factory
Genre: Funk, Soul, Blues, World
Total Time: 1:18:19
Format: Mp3
Quality: CBR 320 kbps
Total Size: 188 mb

Here’s an idea: Listen to Red Hot + Fela blind — don’t look at the track list. Once you’ve done that, go back and compare what your eyes see and what your ears expect. They won’t necessarily be the same things. For example, while it’s not totally surprising when Kronos Quartet is rhythmically acute, you might not expect the string ensemble to push the beat of Fela Kuti’s bluesy “Sorrow Tears + Blood” so forcefully as they do backing TV on the Radio singers Kyp Malone and Tunde Adebimpe, with help from reeds player Stuart Bogie.

That artist listing is typical: Red Hot + Fela pays tribute to a man who typically hit the stage with a dozen pieces, so there’s a lot of teaming up here. There’s also the fact that Fela’s long grooves are perfect sites for making new connections as well as revisiting old pleasures. Nneka, Sinkane, Amayo and Superhuman Happiness transform “No Buredi” into driving synth-pop, losing nothing in the translation. And My Morning Jacket absolutely nails the groove on “Trouble Sleep,” with help from tUnE-yArDs’ Merrill Garbus and Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes, achieving quiet, easy flight with quietly piercing solos. Part revue, part played-out mastermixing, this honors its musical source nicely, and proves how fecund Fela continues to be.


01 Baloji & L’Orchestre de la Katuba [ft. Kuku]: “Buy Africa”
02 tUnE-yArDs, ?uestlove, Angelique Kidjo, & Akua Naru: “Lady”
03 Spoek Mathambo & Zaki Ibrahim: “Yellow Fever”
04 Nneka, Sinkane, Amayo & Superhuman Happiness: “No Buredi”
05 Just a Band & Childish Gambino: “Who No Know Go No”
06 My Morning Jacket, Merrill Garbus, Brittany Howard: “Trouble Sleep Yanga Wake Am”
07 Kyp Malone, Tunde Adebimpe, Kronos Quartet, Stuart Bogie: “Sorrow Tears and Blood”
08 Superhuman Happiness, Sahr Ngaujah, Abena Koomson, Rubblebucket: “ITT”
09 Tony Allen, M1, Baloji: “Afrodisco Beat 2013″
10 Just A Band, Bajah, Chance the Rapper: “Gentleman”
11 GendEr Infinity: “Hi Life Time”
12 Spoek Mathambo, Cerebral Cortex, Frown: “Zombie”
13 King: “Go Slow”

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Friday, November 01, 2013

War - War (1971)

War - War (1971)
Funk | EAC Rip | Flac + Cue + Log | covers
Avenue Records R2 71041 | 1992 | 260Mb

War's first album without Eric Burdon was a strange, imposing, and beautiful hybrid -- a bridge between their then-current work with Burdon and their roots, going back to the early '60s and their origins as the Creators and the Nightshift. Although it was never a hit -- topping out at number 190 on the charts -- or yielded any substantial AM radio hits, the album is musically imposing in its sheer breadth, and its boldness, melding the new and the best of the old update, incorporating songs, arrangements, and ideas that dated well back into the prior decade, and the group's origins as the Creators and the Nightshift. From the quietly soaring 1971-vintage opener "Sun Oh Son," the music drifts back into the heavily Memphis soul-influenced "Lonely Feelin'," updated slightly but basically a rousing '60s blues-cum-gospel number that somehow ended up a failed single off the album. From there the album goes totally into left field with the gospel-style "Back Home," featuring lyrics provided by no less a figure than the Animals' Hilton Valentine. "War Drums" is a killer showcase for Charles Miller's tenor sax, Dee Allen's percussion, and Lonnie Jordan's organ, and "Vibeka" is a haunting, slow, bluesy workout, inspired by romance, tragedy, and realization, showcasing composer Lee Oskar's blues harp and Howard Scott's guitar. "Fidel's Fantasy" gets into wholly experimental territory with its length, and the topical political message seems an oddity today, but there's no questioning its musical boldness. (allmusic)

1. "Sun Oh Son" – 5:57
2. "Lonely Feelin'" – 4:31
3. "Back Home" – 6:42
4. "War Drums" – 3:52
5. "Vibeka" – 8:03
6. "Fidel's Fantasy" – 11:03

* "Papa" Dee Allen – conga, bongos, percussion, vocals (monologue on "Fidel's Fantasy")
* Harold Brown – drums, percussion, vocals
* B.B. Dickerson – bass, vocals (lead on "Sun Oh Son")
* Lonnie Jordan – organ, piano, percussion, vocals (lead on "Lonely Feelin'")
* Charles Miller – flute, alto sax, baritone sax,