Diverse selection of soundtrack music, from 1976 through 2003.
‘CD Of The Week… the best soul album — in the real sense of the word — you’ll hear this year… classic, blistering afro-beat’, Daily Telegraph; ‘as tight as a pressure cooker… fierce and fun’, The Wire.
Carl Craig back on Honest Jon’s, in devastating form: nervy and urgent, epic and apocalyptic, kicking and funky as anything. The juiciest bits from Lagos (that drumming!) in fine and nasty Detroit style.
The shimmering, refined funk of Sankofa takes T’s Losun for its departure point; the Cairo side is a burning basement session in the Ra big-band tradition, heavy on the percussion and choca with fine solos.
From the court of the Kingdom of Rwanda — abolished nine years later when the Republic was formed: the royal drums and courtly music disappeared along with the Mwami, or ‘king-shepherd’, after five centuries.
Wonderful survey of the earliest Yoruba recordings: Muslim sakara music, Lagos guitarists, and the first apala percussion groups. Presented in fine style too, with complete English translations of the lyrics.
Recordings of ritual and entertainment music from 1958, 1969, and the nineties.
Griot music with delicate dambararou lute; ritual possession songs with gogue fiddle and gon and karou drums; and a women’s choir.
Mixing the funeral music of the Lo-Birifor people of northern Ghana, and jazz improvisation, with a Nordic touch. The debut was on ECM; one more, Praise Drumming, on the Swedish Dragon label.
Plenty of TKOs, the Colombians for example, beautifully presented. A moving, mind-boggling testament to Afrobeat, with shout-outs from Ghana, Trinidad, the US and elsewhere. Last few vinyls. Don’t miss.
The first two of their six albums — Chapter One (1973) and Phases (1975) — groundblazing, out-there Afro rock.
Kicking New Orleans / Afrobeat onslaughts from Benin. Great to see Roswell Rudd guesting.