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Afro-Funk-Beat-Jazz, Percussion & Caribbean Funk
Fela Kuti claimed that James Brown heard his band and copied that funky sound from him, many suspect that it was the other way round. This remains open to debate but there is no doubt that both Fela Kuti and James Brown were hugely popular in countries like Nigeria and Ghana and influenced a number of bands. Many of them used funk as a base point, but added a distinctive African twist, sometimes recording straight covers, occasionally emulating Fela's Afrobeat sound, but also mixing funk with more traditional instruments and sounds.
The funky Afro sound has been a part of western club culture since Manu Dibango scored a huge hit in the clubs and discos with 'Soul Makossa' in the early seventies. Other African musicians had club hits too, such as Fela Kuti's 'Roforofo Fight' and Hugh Masekela's 'Dyambo'. These were musicians who secured record deals in the US and Europe and were able to get their music to a world audience. As in all genres of music, for the few bands that did succeed there were hundreds of others whose music was rarely heard outside their own country.
Thanks to the increasing popularity of the funky Afro sound on club dancefloors and the insatiable appetites of collectors of funk music to explore new avenues many of these old gems have been re-discovered in recent years. Some of the credit for much of this music finally being unearthed must go to Miles Cleret and Duncan Brooker who have taken on the role of modern day ethnomusicologists travelling to the heart of Africa to unearth these vinyl treasures. Their explorations have resulted in two fine compilations 'Ghana Soundz' and 'Afro Rock'. Another series of compilations that has unearthed some fine gems is the trilogy from France's Comet records compiled by Manu Boubli which featured many records from the Antillies and African artists based and recording in Europe.
We at DJ Friendly strive to bring you quality African music with a funky or dancefloor edge. From the better known masters like Fela to the more obscure artists who may have only recorded a handful of songs. We also occasionally manage to find the odd Caribbean funk gem. We also have a selection of percussion LPs that are popular sample material for producers from house to hip hop to techno.
Nick the Record
Featured Afro-Funk-Beat-Jazz, Percussion & Caribbean Funk
Afric Simone - Boogie Baby
NORWAY GOODWILL LP - £10 vg+
Afro disco lp from 1978 Inc. HIPI TUMBI SAZA / COFFEE TEA OR ME / MARIA MADALENA / TUMBI MAMA
Black Blood - Black Blood
US MAINSTREAM LP - £8 Nr. Mint / sticker on cover / light sleeve wear
This must have been pretty big at the time of release as it was released in quite a few countries. Inc. A.I.E. (A MWANA) / EWOHE DANCE / AVENUE LOUISE / CHICANO / MAMA IKO NA KIA as well as an Afro Gospel tune JESUS HE IS MY BROTHER
Henri Gruel - Musiques Des Aventures De Tarzan
FRANCE PATHE LP - £30
Not strictly afro but check out the jungle grunts on the funky LA DANSE DES GRANDS SINGES NUS
Lamine Konte - Baara Soundtrack
FRANCE ESPERANCE LP - £12
Check the lovely funky afro jazz Instrumental cut with guitar solo which is MAMADOU
Mustapha Tettey Addy - Master Drummer From Ghana
US LYRICHORD LP - £12 Seam split - vinyl is clean
Drums - drums and more drums - works best on OO-YA!
Olatunji / Morehouse College Glee Club - In Memoriam 1894-1984
US MOREHOUSE COLLEGE 2xLP - £30
This lp wouldn't jump out at you until you notice the Nigerian master drummer Olatunji is present & adds his wall of drums to 3 tunes KERE-KERE / SHANGO & BETELEHEMU
Plunky and Oneness Of Juju - Every Way But Loose (Make A Change)
US SUTRA LP Promo - £10 G+ / sleeve wear
Same lp as MAKE A CHANGE but renamed & re-released on SUTRA. Inc. the original version EVERYWAY BUT LOOSE
Plunky and Oneness Of Juju - Make A Change
US BLACK FIRE LP Promo - £18 Strict VG / sleeve has some discolouration
Inc. the original version EVERYWAY BUT LOOSE
Sakhile - Sakhile
US JIVE AFRIKA LP - £8 Nr. Mint!
Sweet South African Afro Jazzy sound from 1982
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