Jun 6, 2016

Pasteur Lappe - African Funk Experimentals (1979 To 1981)


Amazing compilation of Cameroonian funk master Pasteur Lappe. 

"The story begins in the 60s with a charming 19 year old Nicolas "Pasteur" Lappe becoming a sensation on Radio Adele in Douala Cameroun. He goes on to become the editor of Douala Gazette newspaper and become friends with other African music stars such as Tala AM, J Moboule and Fela Kuti. He also works tirelessly promoting new and upcoming local Cameroonian talent. After moving to Paris, a stint in Journalism school and publishing a book of poems "Chansons Negres" he finally settles into a new life of music in Paris.

Our hero makes a trio of albums from 1979 to 1981 with backing band and production collective called the Zulu Gang which include Douglas Mbida (who goes onto release several top flight albums himself) and Jacob Desvariaux (who went on to form Kassav). The three albums are full of diverse sounds; from driving funk, sweeping disco grooves, syrupy ballads, reggae, Jackson-five-esque pop to finger-lickin' soul. At their core though is the "Sekele" groove...; a movement to encompass the dance, grooves and vibes from his native Douala.

Our album opens up with the pulsating percussion and floor-filling bass groove of "More Sekele Movement". We then move onto Africa Seven favourite "Na Real Sekele Fo'Ya" which takes stabby moog bass synth to a whole new level of grooviness. "Sanaga Calkpso" is more experimental in comparison its moog groove would go onto to form the basis of a highlight of the debut Kassav album. "Hiembi Nin" is a song in two parts; half Shaft groove and half synthy Calypso. "Back To Funky" is dance funk and features Maryse Lappe guesting on vocals.

Opening up on side two of the record is the Rhodes and sax led jazz funk of "Mbale", followed by the clavinet groove, sleezy brass and politically charged lyrics. "Sekelemania" is a cool piece of tropical, calypso funk. Lead track from Album 2, the single "ABC" is stomping afro, pop funk delight closes proceedings."

boomkat.com
 
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In terms of being an afrobeat legend, Pasteur Lappe is Cameroon's Fela Kuti, an unsung hero who was ahead of the game back in the 1970s and 1980s, and one whose been famous for burning the pockets of many diggers nowadays. Luckily, Africa Seven have compiled some of his best work onto a ten-track LP, ranging from the funky oddities of "More Sekele Movement" or "Na Real Seke Fo'ya", to the future-zouk sound of "Sanaga Calypso", and plenty of jazzy, popped-out, disgruntled soulfulness to satisfy anyone from Gilles Peterson to Cherrystones. Heavy and warmly recommended.

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Next up on Africa Seven is the second edition of our African Funk Experimentals LPs. With these we took some of our favourite African artists, choose the most funky we can find and then put together a compilation of their choicest and funkiest tracks. Of course that may not be their most popular or best selling tracks...; but that's just fine. We are digging for the funk.

Step forward Cameroonian funk master Pasteur Lappe. The story begins in the 60s with a charming 19 year old Nicolas Pasteur Lappe becoming a sensation on Radio Adele in Douala Cameroun. He goes on to become the editor of Douala Gazette newspaper and become friends with other African music stars such as Tala AM, J Moboule and Fela Kuti. He also works tirelessly promoting new and upcoming local Cameroonian talent. After moving to Paris, a stint in Journalism school and publishing a book of poems Chansons Negres he finally settles into a new life of music in Paris.

Our hero makes a trio of albums from 1979 to 1981 with backing band and production collective called the Zulu Gang which include Douglas Mbida (who goes onto release several top flight albums himself) and Jacob Desvariaux (who went on to form Kassav). The three albums are full of diverse sounds; from driving funk, sweeping disco grooves, syrupy ballads, reggae, Jackson-five-esque pop to finger-lickin' soul. At their core though is the Sekele groove...; a movement to encompass the dance, grooves and vibes from his native Douala.

Our album opens up with the pulsating percussion and floor-filling bass groove of More Sekele Movement. We then move onto Africa Seven favourite Na Real Sekele Fo'Ya which takes stabby moog bass synth to a whole new level of grooviness. Sanaga Calkpso is more experimental in comparison its moog groove would go onto to form the basis of a highlight of the debut Kassav album. Hiembi Nin is a song in two parts; half Shaft groove and half synthy Calypso. Back To Funky is dance funk and features Maryse Lappe guesting on vocals.

Opening up on side two of the record is the Rhodes and sax led jazz funk of Mbale, followed by the clavinet groove, sleezy brass and politically charged lyrics. Sekelemania is a cool piece of tropical, calypso funk. Lead track from Album 2, the single ABC is stomping afro, pop funk delight closes proceedings.

The nostalgic poet, with Africa at his essence Pasteur Lappe, we salute you.

kudosrecords.co.uk 



Tracklist

A1 More Sekele Movement (Papa Ni Mama) 3:58
A2 Na Real Sekele Fo'Ya 6:21
A3 Sanaga Calypso 3:30
A4 Hiembi Nin (Hymne A La Vie) 3:45
A5 Back To Funky 3:26
B1 Mbale (Face To Face With The Truth) 3:48
B2 Na Man Pass Man (Na Iron De Cut Iron) 2:55
B3 Hommage A Eraste Nkom 5:31
B4 Sekelimania (Nku Bilam) 3:47
B5 ABC 3:08

May 31, 2016

Heads Funk Band - Hard World


Hard World is the first of three albums released by Heads Funk Band and it's one of the most rare LPs coming from Nigeria. What we have here is a pure, well crafted Afro-Funk. Heads Funk Band is related to Akwassa, where both are two exceptional bands with the same members, but co-existed simultaneously featuring Felix Odey (Feladey) on guitar and Eddie Offeyi on drums. The original forming duo of Akwassa was Felix Day / Feladey (guitar, vocals) and Kevin Coburn (keyboards, synths, vocals), who collaborated with guest musicians, which later turned out to be the actual Heads Funk Band. Some rumours say all of them were in both bands and musically speaking we can hear a lot of similarities. Akwassa released two incredibly rare albums, while Heads Funk Band managed to release three LPs, of which Hard World is the most hard to find.

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Tracklist

01. Hard World
02. Money Makes You Happy
03. Can You Do It
04. Jesus
05. Egbe Bere Ogo Bere (Live And Let Live)
06. Hot Punk
07. Got To Love

May 6, 2016

From Tanzania: Sunburst – Ave Africa


Strut is extremely proud to present a definitive collection of recordings from one of Tanzania’s most revered but short-lived bands of the 1970s, Sunburst. Covering their entire output from 1973 to 1976, this first retrospective features music from their 45 RPM singles “Moto Moto” and “TFC,” as well as their sole album, Ave Africa, and an unreleased radio session recorded in Tanzania in 1973.

Sunburst was formed in 1970 by Zairean guitarist Hembi Flory Kongo who recruited resident drummer Johnny “Rocks” Fernandes, bass player Bashir Idi Farhan and organist / vocalist Kassim Magati. They were soon joined by Zambian-born lead singer James Mpungo.

Having developing their sound via covers-heavy live performances and a string of early singles, Sunburst’s sole LP came out at a time when Zambia was enjoying a stream of releases by bands that would now be considered icons of Zamrock such as Witch, Ngozi Family, Musi-O-Tunya and The Blackfoot. The sleeve text described the Sunburst sound as “a fusion of the traditional sounds of Africa with Western Rock, spiced with a piece of the Caribbean” but the intricacies of the Kitoto Sound that Sunburst had crafted for years peaked on this recording. Band members born in six different countries were tapping into a multitude of influences, styles, languages and stories. “We try to compose songs that have a bearing to the situation we live in,” James Mpungo recounted at the time. “Our songs are songs that support freedom struggles, songs that encourage peasants and workers to work harder, songs in praise of our leaders. We also sing a lot of songs criticizing our people for allowing themselves to be too westernized and throwing away their traditional values. And above all, we preach love and happiness!”

Ave Africa: The Kitoto Sound Of East Africa 1973-1976 is the result of over three years of research by compilers DJ Thomas Gesthuizen and Dave Tinning and comes out 24th June on 2xCD, 2xLP (w. CD included) & digital formats. Stream the track “Simba Anguruma” below. Pre-orders are available here and now.
 
Strut Records



Tracklist

A1 Kitoto Sound
A2 Ukuti Ukuti
A3 Ba Motoka Na Castle
A4 Kamungulwe
A5 Your Day Will Come
A6 Ani Uni
B1 Wakulu Wa Kuno
B2 We Need Each Other
B3 Alhamdullilahi
B4 Ntambwa
B5 How Can I Get To You
B6 Ave Africa

Apr 29, 2016

From Argentina: El Gran Capitán Afrobeat (for free)


Unfortunately cannot find any information, not even a biography in Spanish! But still worth to listen to...

Get their three EPs rightaway here!







Mar 24, 2016

900th post - From Netherlands: Umoja - Je-Ka-Lo! (for free)

First of all, Umoja should not be mixed up with American band with similar name Umjoa Orchestra (or here) even though both of them are have an afrobeat influence in their music!

 

The sunshine duo from the rainy Netherlands, Umoja, is an organic evolution between two humble groove aficionados whose paths crossed over half a decade ago. They are dedicated to combine electronic productions with a perfect understanding of world rhythms. Their music presents an expression of their love for experimentation with African, South American and exotic traditions.

Umoja also functions as curator and initiator of the record labels Piri Piri & INI Movement. Their first release was "Je ka lo!", released in 2012 on INI Movement. Since back then, they have been putting out top quality music, always combining different genres and cultures. This voyage has taken the duo to gain support from great artists such as Sam Redmore, Feel My Bicep (Gilles Peterson WW set), Anthony Valadez, Jeremy Sole, iZem, Alma Negra, Batida, Funky Bompa, MPS Pilot and many more. They also have worked closely with organizations of international reputation like Akwaaba music and Sound & Collors magazine. Throughout the top productions and remixes, Umoja has delivered several musical treasures such as Bilongo Con Sandunga, Mo Fiya!, Danzi! (their latest release on Piri Piri) and La Piragua which have conquered the taste of followers from all over the planet. Since Umoja's music crosses borders and genres, they have released on some of the best record labels from all over the globe: Regional (Peru), Vida Records (Spain), Piri Piri (Fiji) and Mawimbi Records, Hot Casa (France), Carnibal (Greece), Sello Regional (Chile), INI Movement (NL) and Budabeats (Hungary).


 Umoja



Mar 18, 2016

From Chile: Newen Afrobeat -


Newen is the first Afrobeat Afrobeat Orchestra in Chile. Formed in 2009, it is the answer from this part of the planet to the style created by Fela Kuti. Afrobeat music Newen is the union of African tradition with Latin American musical heritage and this is reflected in the name that was baptized the band. "Newen" is a word taken from the Mapuche language, language of the Mapuche people, one of the main indigenous peoples of Chile. "Newen" means strength or spirit manifested in all things. Newen Afrobeat Afrobeat is then hard, with spirit.
As Fela Kuti said music is the weapon and this slogan is always present in the proposal Newen Afrobeat. His lyrics reflected the concerns of the younger generation who want to see a new world, a free world where we recognize that we have always been one. This message has echoed in the new generations of young Chileans who are no longer afraid to tell the truth, dancing and singing hard for freedom in the context of a society that is awakening.
Special mention deserves the power of their live show. Newen Afrobeat, rather than an orchestra, is a family looking for the genuine expression through music and dance. Today, this family consists of fifteen musicians. The high quality of their live show has led to important stages in the Chilean scene and major festivals like Lollapalooza Chile 2012 y Siempre Vivo Reggae 2013, among others.
2013, Newen live Afrobeat records his first self-titled album in Southern Studies and Research Triana, with our friend and engineer Gonzalo "Chalo" Gonzalez and assistant Jaime "Humitas" Garcia. On December 22 the same year, carried out the launch of this, the first album of Chilean Afrobeat, in the park Juan XXXIII, with a free concert and outdoor gathered more than 2,000 people of all ages .
This year 2015 are back from their first successful tour of Brazil in Sao Paulo. An experience that has approached closer to African roots and bands and DJs on the international circuit of Afrobeat such as Dj Tudo (Bra), Dj Mukambo (Belg), Bixiga 70 '(SP, Bra) and Abayomi (Rio de Janeiro) as also people and the massive feeling of enjoyment that gives this musical style. Return recharged to Chile premiering audiovisual production in its interpretation of "Upside Down", original Fela Kuti (1976), which has rapidly been heard and viralised on social networks with the recognition of Sandra Isadore, original singer of the theme, as well Duke Amayo (Bulletproof, USA) in Nigeria by the Kuti family and have recently met and strengthened ties of friendship and fraternity with Carlos Moore, official biographer of Fela Kuti.


newenafrobeat.com 


Tracklist

01. Santiago
02. Caminante
03. Rojo Carmin
04. Polvo de Inti
05. P.D.T.N.
06. Nacion Nueva
07. Que Sabemos

Mar 16, 2016

From Spain: Mampön Afrobeat - Mampön



MAMPÖN was born in March 2010 in Barcelona and since then it has been part of the Afrobeat scene of the city. The group has been performing in venues like Marula, Almodobar, Resistance, Underground, among many others. It participated in events such as El día de Fela, organized by the magazine Enlace Funk and DJ Floro from Radio 3, and the Afrobeat Allstars Barcelona, at the concerts venue Apolo 2.

Moreover, it has also collaborated on albums like La música es el arma del futuro (A tribute to Fela from Spanish Bands) with the theme Colonial Mentality, produced by the cultural association AfrobeatProject in collaboration with the magazine Enlace Funk and DJ Floro de Radio 3, and the compilation BLACKCELONA Vol.2 - Soul, funk & groove sounds from Barcelona with the unreleased song Bar Girl (Blackcelona).

In November 2015 Mampon has published its new album, with 8 new and original tracks that you can hear on this page.


mampon.org




Tracklist

01. Cosmic Cream
02. Bar Girl
03. Into The Jungle
04. King's Drama
05. Out
06. Stampede
07. Take Wine
08. Ultima