Oct 29, 2014

Demos Deniran And The Luko Resurgento ‎– Face To Face (get it) (by orogod)

 
The LP was recorded in 1980 with The Luko Resurgento band. It is deep and hypnotic afrobeat music. I love it, every tracks are particularly great.
 
Thanx to orogod.blogspot 
for sharing this album: GET IT!
 
 
Tracklist
 
A1 Face To Face
A2 Agidimalaja
B1 Sege
B2 Olo Fofo
 
 
 

Oct 28, 2014

From Great Britain: Kalakuta Millionaires


BIOGRAPHY

With members hailing from Kenya, Tanzania, Ghana, Malaysia, Italy and the UK, Kalakuta Millionaires is a truly global mix of musicians who draw on influences from jazz, funk, soul and world music.

Following live recordings for Mark Lamarr at BBC Maida Vale studios, the band has performed to thousands, headlining stages at Glastonbury Festival, Latitude Festival, Secret Garden Party, Waterford Spraoi, Sunrise Festival and many more.

THE MUSIC

Tanzanian/ Kenyan vocalist Siggi Mwasote has generated her own unique lyrical style, giving a fresh funk-soul twist to the traditional African aesthetic. Many of the lyrics are written in a mixture of Swahili and English and the unique female-led perspective is communicated passionately through the music. This is particularly reflected in their song Yansan, written about the fate of women and children in Charles Taylor’s Liberia, and Bata Boy, written about homophobia in the Afro-Caribbean music scene.

The band draw on a wide range of influences in their writing, taking the listener on a musical journey which references jazz, funk, soul and world music. A heavy underbelly of rhythm and bass underpins a horn section blistering with soul, whilst jazz-drenched guitar riffs merge seamlessly into highlife and funk. A truly polyrhythmic percussion section of four congas, percussion rack and hand held percussion brings in East and West African, Cuban and Brazilian influences.
The band cite their musical influences as The Lijadu Sisters, ESG, James Brown, Ernest Ranglin, Oscar Sulley, Fela Kuti and Orlando ‘Cachaito’ Lopez.

KALA–what?!
The word ‘kalakuta’ translates as ‘rascally’ in vocalist Siggi Mwasote’s mother tongue of Swahili. It is also a nod to Fela Kuti’s compound in Nigeria, the Kalakuta Republic, where the ethos was very much anti-establishment – as was the attitude towards music-making:

“Fela contended that AfroBeat was a modern form of danceable, African classical music with an urgent message for the planet’s denizens. Created out of a cross-breeding of Funk, Jazz, Salsa and Calypso with Juju, Highlife and African percussive patterns, it was to him a political weapon.” www.fela.net

… so the name Kalakuta Millionaires literally means ‘rascally rich’ – which can be interpreted as a political statement regarding globalisation, or simply that this renegade crew break all the rules with their wealth of musical styles.



kalakutamillionaires.com

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Kalakuta Millionaires license their self-titled debut album to The Big Chill Label.

Ok there’s good news and then there’s stratospherically brilliant news and the signing of Kalakuta Millionaires to The Big Chill Label is up there with the stars. Rarely has a band been better suited to a label, Kalakuta Millionaires pretty much sum up the original spirit of The Big Chill, which was always about free creative expression and the mashing up of musical genres.

The band started out in the summer of 2008 and by 2009 had been invited to record a live session at BBC Maida Vale studio. Since then they have carved a reputation for themselves as one of the finest live acts to come out of the UK. The band’s line up consists of some of the finest Jazz, Latin, Funk and African musicians rocking these shores. They draw on a wide range of influences, inspired by giants like Fela Kuti, James Brown, Ernest Ranglin, Oscar Sulley and Orlando ‘Cachaito’ Lopez as well as the likes of The Lijadu Sisters and ESG. Tanzanian/Kenyan vocalist Siggi Mwasote has her own unique vocal style, giving a fresh funk-soul twist on the traditional Latino/African aesthetic. Combined with dubbed up bass and rhythms, a horn section blistering with soul, jazz-drenched guitars that melt into highlife, funk and one of the most polyrhythmic percussion sections this side of Lagos and you have one utterly irresistible musical proposition.

Kalakuta Millionaires have a strong belief that music has no enemies, borders or religion and strive to promote equality through music. This is reflected in songs like ‘Yansan’ written about the fate of women and children in Charles Taylor’s Liberia and ‘Bata Boy’ written to counter homophobia in the Afro-Caribbean music scene.

‘Kalakuta’ literally means ‘rascally’ in lead singer Siggi’s mother tongue Swahili. It is als a nod to Fela Kuti’s compound in Nigeria, the ‘Kalakuta Republic’ that had an anti-establishment ethos that also summed up fusion based approach to making music. So the Kalakuta Millionaires translates as ‘rascally rich’, which could be a political statement against globalization or the sensibility of a renegade Afro Orchestra drawing on a wealth of musical styles. Either way, following the limited initial self-release of previous recordings, which attracted plays on Radio 2 (via Mark Lamarr), 6 Music (via Craig Charles), Afrobase (totallyradio.com) and support from the likes of Russ Dewbury and 4Hero, the band are now ready for a global audience (with US partnerships in place). The first single is currently being remixed for release this summer with the album to follow just ahead of their UK and European tour. So prepare yourselves for the red hot Kalakuta Millionaires blazing away at a venue near you. Unstoppable.

wearebigchill.com 
 
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Kalakuta Millionaires are a band rich in rhythm and loaded with attitude. They draw on a wide range of musical influences, inspired by musical giants such as Fela Kuti, James Brown, Ernest Ranglin, Oscar Sulley and Orlando ‘Cachaito’ Lopez, as well as hidden gems such as The Lijadu Sisters and ESG.

Following live recordings for BBC Maida Vale studios in 2009, they have carved out a reputation as one of the most dynamic live acts to come out of the UK. Drawing together some of the UK’s finest Jazz, Funk, African and Latin musicians, the band has performed to thousands of people and headlined stages at some of the best festivals and venues in the country. With airtime on BBC Radio 2 and BBC 6 Music, KM tunes have been played on Craig Charles’ Funk & Soul Show, Mark Lamarr’s God’s Jukebox, Russ Dewbury’s Jazz Rooms show and John Warr’s Afrobase show.

KM have a strong belief that music has no enemies, no borders and no religion, and passionately strive to promote equality through music. This is particularly reflected in their song Yansan, written about the fate of women and children in Charles Taylor’s Liberia, and Bata Boy, written about homophobia in the Afro-Caribbean music scene.

Tanzanian/ Kenyan vocalist Siggi Mwasote has generated her own unique lyrical style, giving a fresh funk-soul twist to the traditional Latino/ African aesthetic. A heavy underbelly of dubbed up rhythm and bass underpins a horn section blistering with soul, whilst jazz-drenched guitar riffs merge seamlessly into highlife and funk. All this, plus one of the most polyrhythmic percussion sections this side of Lagos!

The band’s debut album is out on global release via the Big Chill Label, and their second album is set for Spring 2014 in collaboration with renowned producer Nick Faber.

minglemusic.co.uk 



Tracklist
 
1. Kubadili 06:14
2. Feel Free 07:02
3. Ye Ye Minyoro 06:24
4. Agbadza 03:37
5. Akumpaye Too Bad 07:08
6. Funky Nassau 03:58
7. Water No Get Enemy 08:16
8. Olufeme 05:28
9. Para Cachaito 06:43




 

Oct 27, 2014

From France: Afro Social Club - Sittin' On A Bomb



Afro Social Club is a french collective of 9 musicians gathered around Fela Kuti's legacy.

We all share the same passion for afrobeat and its most recent declensions, building our own music, in the name of the groove and spirit of this powerful sound.


Check out here or here



Tracklist

1. Road Runner 08:42 
2. Aynalem 05:32 
3. The Cast 07:38 
4. Soyinka 06:09 
5. Agbaja 06:29 
6. YWBB 06:02 
7. King Bill 09:09

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.

forcedexposure.com 

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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.

turntablelab.com

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.


Check out here!


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. 

clear-spot.nl 


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)