Feb 1, 2016

From South Africa: Piliso ‎– Thumela



This was a group of South African exiles in Nigeria at the time. Wandile also played with Themba Matebese in his T- Fire group that got comped on some Soundway Nigerian compilations.That group featured big names from Africa 70 , like Lekan Aminashaun,Tunde Williams and Kenneth Okulolo. Andre Abrahamse and Josi Ndlovu from Zimbabwe did a nice AfroDisco album called Amandla , as well as backing the drummer Butley Moore on his own record , Happy Merry Music.All from around the same time on Boom Records.After coming back from exile , Andre Abrahamse was a well sought after studio musician , appearing on lots of Jazz albums. Themba Matebese also produced the Basa Basa Soundz album Together We Win , that also got repressed on Peach River Records under another name Basa Basa Homowo.

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Tracklist

A1 Tie Breaker 5:38
A2 Apartheid In My Life 10:06
A3 And This Thing Gets You Down 3:21
A4 Thumela 3:08
B1 Where It All Began 8:11
B2 Izenzo 5:11
B3 Forever This Time 10:25


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Jan 28, 2016

From Nigeria: The Faces - Wake Up Today






You hardly listen to records coming from Africa that are such pasterpieces. If it was not for the tempo, mostly mid tempo, of the LP, it would stand along with the Geraldo Pino killer releases. The record is quite impressive to any funk enthusiast, with a very American sounding. But it remains deep & raw in its feeling like the FREEDOM FAMILY holy grail released on EMI Nigeria around the same period.

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Tracklist

A1 Together We Live
A2 All I Need From You
A3 Don't Let Nobody Tell You
A4 Uyoyo
B1 Wake Up Today
B2 Shoki Shoki Shombolo
B3 My First Love



Jan 25, 2016

From Ghana: Andy Vans - Come Closer



Unfortunately cannot find any information on this one ...


Tracklist

A1 Try To Give 2:45
A2 Paper Wrapped Pusher 3:02
A3 Biggy Do 4:20
A4 Ebusua Esuon 4:13
A5 Medze Ndaa Se Be Ma Nyame 3:40
A6 Come Closer 3:08
B1 Nsem Yi Adooso 2:32
B2 Onyame Sian 4:18
B3 Daabaa Adwendwen 3:15
B4 Dofo Ndyi Ekyir 5:03
B5 Two Man 3:30
B6 Hom Nsom No 3:20


 

Jan 19, 2016

Amazing NOW-AGAIN: Wake Up You! The Rise and Fall of Nigerian Rock, 1972-1977 Vol. 1 - BOOK + MUSIC

Rock in the wake of war: Our decade long investigation into Nigeria’s rock music scene during the 1970s culminates in the release of two album and books. Vol. 1 coming April 15, 2016.

The Western world was in the throes of peace, love, and flower power as Nigeria descended into Civil War in 1967. The rock scene that developed during the following three years of bloodshed and destruction would come to heal the country, propagate the world-wide ideal of the Modern Nigerian, and propel Fela Kuti to stardom after conflict ended in 1970.

Wake Up You! tells the story of this time, pays homage to these now-forgotten musicians and their struggle, and brings to light the funk and psychedelic fury they created as they wrested free of the ravages of the late 1960s and created thrilling, original Nigerian rock music throughout the 1970s.
Wake Up You! is presented in two 100+ page books full of never-seen photos and the story of the best Nigerian rock bands told in vivid detail by musicologist and researcher Uchenna Ikonne (Who Is William Onyeabor?).

Each volume is presented as both a hardbound book with CD in a resealable plastic sleeve, and as a double LP with a soft-cover book included in a custom-made 12″x 12″ book holder.

Check out for further information @
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Jan 14, 2016

Sammy Cropper And His Wire Connections (get it)


Recently discovered ... amazing music!

Originally published by amazing OROGOD!

Don't be deceived by this album with this Guy Sammy Cropper, as the founder and leader of the Wire Connections group. He is still with the versatile Vis-A-Vis Dance Band. This is just a trying of his experience.

Sammy Cropper started playing the guitar in his elementary school days. By secondary and technical levels he was very good at it, and would entertain his contemporaries during free time.

He joined the Cubano Fiesta when he left school and remained with it for one year leaving to join the Supreme Starlight Band for the next five years, and from which he formed the versatile Vis-A-Vis.






Jan 13, 2016

Fela Kuti: 18 Interesting Facts About The Afrobeat Originator


Maybe not quite new information, but a nice list to share ...

01. Fela Kuti was born Olufela Olusegun Oludotun Ransome-Kuti in Abeokuta, Nigeria. He lived from Oct. 15, 1938, to Aug. 2, 1997.

02. His political consciousness inspired him to change what he called his “slave name” Ransome and adopted the middle name “Anikulapo,” meaning “to have control over death,” in the late
1960s.

03. In the 1960s, Kuti pioneered and popularized the Afrobeat genre, which is a combination of funk, jazz, salsa, calypso and traditional Nigerian music.

04. Once he had recorded a song, he never played it live again. He had reportedly been offered several thousands to perform his old hits, which he refused.

05. His rebellious song lyrics established him as a political dissident. Afrobeat was associated with making political, social and cultural statements about greed and corruption.

06. He was influenced by the teachings of American human rights activist Malcolm X. Kuti began to understand the effects white oppression and colonialism had on Africa. He also realized the importance of Pan-Africanism, unity of African nations and revolution.

07. Kuti fell in love with the growing Black Power movement happening in the United States in the 1960s. He was introduced to the Black Panthers while on tour in America in 1969.

08. His mother, Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, was an activist in the anti-colonial movement. She influenced her son’s political activism. In 1977, Fela Kuti released the album Zombie.

09. It was a scathing attack on Nigerian soldiers by using the zombie metaphor to describe the methods of the Nigerian military and the way, he believed, the soldiers blindly followed orders. In response, the military attacked him and threw his mother out the window of their home.

10. In 1979, he formed his own political party – MOP (Movement of the People). He also ran for president of Nigeria twice.

11. In 2008, an off-Broadway production of Kuti’s life titled Fela! was produced. It was inspired by Carlos Moore’s 1982 book Fela, Fela! This Bitch of a Life.

12. On Nov. 22, 2009, Fela! began a run on Broadway at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre in New York City. Jim Lewis helped co-write the play (along with director/choreographer Bill T. Jones), and obtained producer backing from rapper Jay-Z and actor, rapper Will Smith, among others.

13. The Broadway production received 11 2010 Tony Award nominations and won Best Choreography, Best Costume Design of a Musical and Best Sound Design of a Musical.

14. In 1978, Kuti married 27 women in a single wedding ceremony. He would eventually divorce them all.

15. In the documentary Finding Fela, he explained the decision: “I wanted it to be meaningful … to have a meaningful life. Tradition expects me to marry 27 women.”

16. He was briefly listed in the Guinness book of records for the most number of women married at one ceremony- 27, in 1978.

17. A million people marched with Fela’s Coffin on its final journey to burial in his house. More than have ever witnessed any state event in Nigeria.

18. He was given a brand new Mercedes Benz 280 Limo by his Record company, which he reputedly used regularly in loading up filthy firewood/charcoal used in cooking to feed the masses in his self-styled Republic.

Originally published @ howafrica.com


Jan 10, 2016

Vaudou Game LIVE (full concert)