Oct 23, 2014

Pierre Antoine - Kalabuley Woman


Hot Casa Records reissues one of the best Afrobeat albums in history, containing two obscure and incredible tracks. Kalabuley Woman was composed by Pierre Antoine, an Ivorian artist supported by 15 band members, including the legendary Sammy Cropper on guitar, and Lola Everett on vocals. This fantastic album was recorded in Accra (Ghana) in 1977 and produced on the Ivory Coast by the famous label Papa Disco. Ahui Ngoran Marcel aka Pierre Antoine was born in 1951 in Aboisso, a city situated at 117 km from Abidjan, in the south-east part of the Ivory Coast, close to the Ghanaian border. His name Pierre Antoine is a direct tribute to the French artist "Antoine," as he loved to wear his hair long and had a cool, stylish jacket. In 1977 he settled down in Ghana where he discovered the most influential and prolific Afro-soul scene, and started to work with Pat Thomas, his wife Lola Everett, and the famous guitar player Sammy Cropper. During this period, you can hear the musical evolution of the artist, when he got really close to the Afrobeat arrangement and the Pan-African scene. The musical arrangements on this album are amazing and unique and include a hypnotic piano and a fantastic horn section. A must-have and a simply classic Afro-soul album.

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Deep and obscure Afrobeat from the always on point Hot Casa Records. Originally from the Ivory Coast, Pierre Antoine was born Ahui Ngoran Marcel and ended up naming himself after a French artist who went by Antoine. He drew inspiration from international pop music, specifically James Brown and French singer Johnny Hallyday. After traveling and performing throughout the early 70s, Antoine settled down in Ghana. There he became ensconced in the influential and prolific Afro Soul scene and started to work with Pat Thomas, his wife Lolla Everett, and Sammy Cropper. He developed an Afrobeat sound and released Kalabuley Woman on Papa-Disco in 1977. Both the title track and "Ye Man Noun" feature the looping rhythms characteristic of the best of Fela Kuti. "Ye Man Noun" might be the heavier of the two, but both cuts deliver where it counts. Kalabuley Woman has been hard to find since it was first released. Thankfully Hot Casa has seen fit to reissue the album today. - See more at: http://turntablelab.com/products/pierre-antoine-kalabuley-woman-vinyl-lp#sthash.L4W5COBK.dpuf
Deep and obscure Afrobeat from the always on point Hot Casa Records. Originally from the Ivory Coast, Pierre Antoine was born Ahui Ngoran Marcel and ended up naming himself after a French artist who went by Antoine. He drew inspiration from international pop music, specifically James Brown and French singer Johnny Hallyday. After traveling and performing throughout the early 70s, Antoine settled down in Ghana. There he became ensconced in the influential and prolific Afro Soul scene and started to work with Pat Thomas, his wife Lolla Everett, and Sammy Cropper. He developed an Afrobeat sound and released Kalabuley Woman on Papa-Disco in 1977. Both the title track and "Ye Man Noun" feature the looping rhythms characteristic of the best of Fela Kuti. "Ye Man Noun" might be the heavier of the two, but both cuts deliver where it counts. Kalabuley Woman has been hard to find since it was first released. Thankfully Hot Casa has seen fit to reissue the album today. - See more at: http://turntablelab.com/products/pierre-antoine-kalabuley-woman-vinyl-lp#sthash.L4W5COBK.dpuf
Deep and obscure Afrobeat from the always on point Hot Casa Records. Originally from the Ivory Coast, Pierre Antoine was born Ahui Ngoran Marcel and ended up naming himself after a French artist who went by Antoine. He drew inspiration from international pop music, specifically James Brown and French singer Johnny Hallyday. After traveling and performing throughout the early 70s, Antoine settled down in Ghana. There he became ensconced in the influential and prolific Afro Soul scene and started to work with Pat Thomas, his wife Lolla Everett, and Sammy Cropper. He developed an Afrobeat sound and released Kalabuley Woman on Papa-Disco in 1977. Both the title track and "Ye Man Noun" feature the looping rhythms characteristic of the best of Fela Kuti. "Ye Man Noun" might be the heavier of the two, but both cuts deliver where it counts. Kalabuley Woman has been hard to find since it was first released. Thankfully Hot Casa has seen fit to reissue the album today.

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Oct 22, 2014

More zamrock ... 5 Revolutions – I’m A Free Man


Ben Phiri (Times of Zambia):

A weekend search at Lusaka’s Kilimanjaro Night Club by music promoter Edward Khuzwayo and his producer David Nyati during the 1970s revealed massive talent in the form of a youthful band calling itself the 5 Revolutions. The band was crazy when it came to stage gimmicks, which went well with the fashion of those days when local musicians sported Afro hairstyles with high-heeled shoes, tight bell-bottomed trousers and balloon shirts. This was the style of the 5 Revolutions, whose Zamrock sound blended heavy rock from foreign bands with Afrobeat pieces from Osibisa and Nigeria’s Fela Anikulapo Kuti.

Leonard Koloko (Zambia Music Legends):

These five lads from Ndola swept teenagers off their feet with their bubblegum pop hits in the mid-70s. They were a splinter from the Boy Friends of the era of imitation. Managed by Zambia Music Parlour, they churned out songs that youths easily identified with because of messages that touched on adolescent social issues such as girl-boy relationships, the generation gap and drug abuse.


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Tracklist

A1. Mwapulumuka Kunjala Adaka
A2. You Got To Find Out
A3. I'm A Free Man
A4. Kulemelo Kwa Bambo Wanga
A5. Respect Yourself

B1. The Zambian Revolution
B2. Feeling Allright
B3. Bombwe Mafika Part 2
B4. What Can We Do

Oct 21, 2014

More zamrock: Alex Kunda – Kingdom of Heaven


Liner Notes:

This is the first solo album of Alex Kunda, a musician who has faced the ups and downs of what it means to be a musician in this up-coming country. In brief, this is what Alex Kunda has been and is to date. Alex Kunda came into the music world between 1969 and 1970. He tried his luck as a drummer with the then “Cross Town Traffic” while at the same time working with the Zambian Broadcasting Services as a recording engineer. Things didn’t work out. In 1972, he tried again, this time as a promoter. Formed A&B Promotions with a close friend Billy J. Ndlovhu. Promoted bands like “Way Out Impression” and “Dr. Footswitch.” This time things flopped. [...] The formation of the new Musi-O-Tunya band in 1972 opened a new chapter in the life of Alex Kunda after he quit the ZBS. M-O-T, which relied heavily on the power of the drums, gave the determined Alex a great chance to improve his percussion. His thunderous and hypnotic drumming earned him the name “Mista Feelings” in Kenya, where together with M-O-T he had played for three years and regarded it as his musical home. Determination and a great love of music have combined to produce Kingdom of Heaven, which ears can describe better than words.

Tracklist

A1. The Kingdom of Heaven (Kunda)
A2. Diya (Kunda)
A3. Think of the Nature (Mvula)
A4. Kulimbandangwe (Kunda)
A5. Changa (Kunda)

B1. Ulesi Uleke (Mbewe)
B2. No More Lie (Kunda)
B3. Zimbabwe (Kunda)
B4. Tendeleka (Kunda)



Oct 16, 2014

New album from analogafrica: Verckys & Orchestre Vévé - Congolese Funk, Afrobeat and Psychedelic Rumba



Congo's turbulent and exhilarating '70s! Nightclubs and dance floors were packed to the brim in the capital Kinshasa. Exuberant crowds, still giddy from independence a decade prior, grooved to the sounds of the country's classics. In fact the whole continent was submerged into the Congolese Rumba craze. Encouraged by the fantastic productions of the Ngoma label, vibrant radio waves had been spreading the Congo sound from Leopoldville all over the continent, becoming the country's No.1 export. The unexpected success nurtured an incredible wealth of talented musicians. One of them was Verckys, who, at age 18, became a member of the country's most dominant and influential band: Franco's O.K. Jazz. This "relationship" however was short-lived as Verckys, aka Georges Mateta Kiamuangana, now a versatile and potent multi instrumentalist, had plans of his own - the formation of Orchestre Vévé in 1968, with the aim of reinventing and modernising the Congolese sound. Blending the ever influential prowess of James Brown with Congolese Merengue, Rumba and Soukous, Verckys stripped away the conventional approach that O.K. Jazz had pioneered, allowing his saxophone-laced melodies to dominate. Around 1970 a new important area began with the foundation of the label "Les Editions Vévé" on which Verckys would release his own productions. A studio was built and Verckys started recording young urban artists, with guitar-driven Cavacha sounds; Les Freres Soki, Bella Bella, Orchestre Kiam and many more shot to stardom overnight, making Verckys a very wealthy man. But that wasn't enough for an ambitious man with a vision. He built a sprawling entertainment complex called Vévé Centre, and dispatched a team to learn the intricacies of record pressing to set up the first pressing plant in the country. This was followed by the construction of the Congo's most modern recording studio in Kinshasa, in which he recorded the legendary Tabu Lay Rochereau. Orchestre Vévé's popularity poured across borders and in 1974 the band travelled to Kenya for a 2 month tour. 'Bassala Hot', 'Cheka Sana' and 'Talali Talala' were some of the tracks recorded in Nairobi for the Kenyan market, songs which are now available to the ears of the world for the very first time. Analog Africa has now the privilege to present 11 tracks by Verckys et L'Orchestre Vévé at the height of their most funky capabilities. Compiled over the course of many years in a land of hardship, we welcome you to the grooviest era of the Congo with a CD and double LP release accompanied by in-depth liner notes and vintage photographs. Verckys, who James Brown dubbed "Mister Dynamite" after seeing him perform in Kinshasa in 1974, will be touring Europe in the summer of 2015. 

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Tracklist





01. Bassala Hot 7:41 (Afrobeat)
02. Ya Nini 9:45 (Congolese Rumba)
03. Cheka Sana 4:42 (Afro Funk)
04. Oui Verckys 3:20 (Organ Jerk)
05. Nakobala Yo Denise 4:00 (Afro Pop)
06. Sex Veve 4:25 (Blues)
07. Sisa Motema 4:13 (Psychedelic Rumba)
08. Talali Talala 4:08 (Afro Funk)
09. Zonga Vonvon 3:56 (Psychedelic Rumba)
10. Nakomi Paralise 6:42 (Cavacha)
11. Matinda comono 2:45 (Pachanga)


Oct 15, 2014

From South Africa: Peto ‎– Khaya (Where The Heart Is)


A vinyl worth to listen to ...

Tracklist

A1 African Salad 5:00
A2 Rocking Situation 4:51
A3 Khaya 5:20
A4 Bahleli Bogoloza 4:17
A5 My Darling My Sweety 3:39
B1 Asilimanga 4:46
B2 Madoda 4:35
B3 Friday (Zis'imali Yam) 4:21
B4 Mpetha Square 5:35
B5 Rosetta 4:59

Oct 13, 2014

From Poland: Warsaw Afrobeat Orchestra - Wendelu



It is hard to believe an afrobeat live orchestra playing in the snow of Warsaw. But you have to face the facts - WAO are the first band of this kind in their homeland and perhaps in the whole Eastern Europe. With experienced players known in the Polish ethno scene for bands like Zywiolak or Village Kollektiv, they are pushing the boundaries of Lagos-born style with unusual vocals and mixing with funk, reggae, jazz, dub and traditional European music. The band marked their presence with self-titled EP released in March 2013, quickly noticed for original music, known here before only from the local shows of afrofunk luminaries like Tony Allen and Femi Kuti. WAO promoted it: "This release is like a hot wind blow from Africa. It brings the rhythm and melodies full of joy and activates you. Check it on your way to work or school!" The band encouraged with the reception of the EP started to perform live at the local clubs and outside the town. Original Warsaw`s music brought them to attention of respected Ubiquity Records from California, with over 250 releases ranging from hip-hop to funk to electronic music. "Only Now", WAO`s beautiful red vinyl 12" was released in November 2013 and includes a massive remix from Ubiquity’s friendly producer Bosq from Whiskey Barons. Bosq pushed the track even harder into a massive clubby dancefloor killer. The release promotes the band`s upcoming full-length album on Ubiquity, in production now, planned for the release in Autumn 2014.
 
 
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Warsaw Afrobeat Orchestra - Wendelu 
 
Following up on their well-received single “Only Now” featuring a remix with label mate Bosq, Warsaw Afrobeat Orchestra deliver a knockout debut album full of heavy Afro and island-inspired tunes.

The album title Wëndelu means “Wanderer” in the native African Wolof language and is a fitting name for the album which explores the wide-range of sounds from the African diaspora and infused with their own traditional Polish folk, jazz and rock sensibilities. Tracks such as “No Such Thing”,“Let It Flow” and “Usurpation” reflect an obvious Reggae and Dub influence while the uptempo numbers on the album “Close To Far” and “Which Direction” veer towards Afro-Disco and Funk.

Formed in 2012, the 10-piece band consists of musicians that have worked and collaborated with each other in different projects ranging from rock, jazz, folk, reggae and funk in the ever-evolving and musically diverse underground music scene in Poland. Inspired by the masters of Afrobeat, world music, as well as African tribal music which is evident in their lyrics and choruses that repeat and weave in and out of deep, hypnotic grooves infusing it with a transcendental quality. 
 
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Tracklist

A1 Stop
A2 Signs
B1 Empty Words
B2 No Such Thing
B3 Only Now
C1 Usurpation
C2 Close To Far
C3 Which Direction
D1 Your Way
D2 Let It Flow
D3 Your Way (Remix)
 
 
 
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Oct 9, 2014

The Broadway Quintet – Amalume



Liner Notes:

They hail from such old-time groups as the Rhokana Melodies, The Crooners, De Black Evening Follies and The City Quads. It was the UNIP National Band of 1962 that brought the boys together. And they’re still together 14 years later! Tony Maonde, Zacks Gwaze, Timothy Sikova, Jonah Marumahoko, Simanga Tutani – individually, musicians of rare talent; together, The Broadway Quintet, polished night-club performers of Lusaka’s Hotel Intercontinental. But, beneath their public image there runs, like the mighty Zambezi, a creative force that explodes with originality and electrifying beauty. From vocal compositions like “Mr. Music” and “Change Your Mind” through the more traditional “Jiye Manguwe” and title-track “Amalume,” The Broadway Quintet move into instrumentals of the brilliance and vitality of “Matteo” and “Nifyo Fine.” To The Broadway Quintet we say, “Thanks for a fantastic LP.”



Tracklist

A1. Amalume
A2. Kanyange
A3. Nifyo Fine
A4. Chingoma
A5. Change Your Mind

B1. Akana Ndiwo
B2. Jiye Manguwe
B3. Matteo
B4. Kayuni
B5. Mr. Music
B6. Pimu Chinanga