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  • 01. A Stroll In The Moonlight
    02. Son Of A Man
    03. Iya Alakara
    04. I Love Myself
    05. Toughts Dedicated To Mama
    06. People Of The World
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    JIMI LEE / MONA FINNIH & THE SENSATIONALS

    A Stroll In The Moonlight

    [engl] He was Nigerian guitar God, famous for his incendiary lead breaks with Aktion and Monomono. She was one of Nigeria’s first female band leader who went off to the US and became a big deal in the New Jazz scene there. It should be no surprise then that when Jimi Lee and Monah Finnih got together in 1980 for A Stroll In The Moonlight, an Afro Jazz cosmic funk masterpiece was born. Intricately arranged, beautifully produced and showcasing musicianship of the highest order, A Stroll In The Moonlight was a notch above anything else that was coming out of Nigeria at the time. “I Love Myself” is the perfect amalgam of a tight, horn-driven Lagos groove and an American New Jazz sheen. “People of the World” is pure Afro Funk, brightened by Jimi Lee’s sunny, twangy guitar. “Son of A Man” brings reggae to the table and “Iya Alakara” is a Lijadu Sisters style cosmic paean to beefcakes and plantains. Taking a stroll with Nigerian music’s oddest couple is a slinky, funky affair that comes highly recommended, but be warned: You’ll work up a sweat.
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    01.11.2016
    EAN
    EAN 0710473191357
    Format
    CD
    Release-Datum
    01.11.2016
    EAN
    EAN 0710473191364
     
  • 01. Jungle Magic Music
    02. I Got To Make It
    03. On My Way
    04. I Love Somebody
    05. Jungle Juice
    06. African Fever
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    JOE KEMFA

    Jungle Juice

    [engl] Jungle Juice is a paean to the redemptive powers of boogie – a slab of New York ghetto grooves getting its freak on in the jungles of Africa. Joe Kemfa promises a magical party and that's what you get - from the straight-ahead party grooves of ‘Jungle Magic Music’ to the more slinky and sinuous ‘Jungle Juice.’ Hailing from Warra in Nigeria's Delta region, Joe Kemfa made his name with The Junkers and the Don Bruce Band. He recorded a few singles with Larry Ifedioranma from Ofo The Rock Company before disappearing to Europe. He returned in 1978 with two Germans in tow and, together with Cameroonian drummer Ali Ringo, they formed Aura, Joe's backing band on Jungle Juice. The best tracks are the freakiest. ‘I Got To Make It’ bemoans the cost of living, before becoming a stoned plea to the Lenleys, Joe’s very own Lijadu Sisters, to boogie it on a Saturday night. Freaky and funky, Jungle Juice is the sound of James Brown and Parliament jamming after a night on some nasty Delta home brew. One listen and you’ll want to get your hands on some Jungle Juice too.
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    15.12.2016
    EAN
    EAN 0710473191494
    Format
    CD
    Release-Datum
    15.12.2016
    EAN
    EAN 0710473191500
     
  • 01. Love Is Gonna Pay
    02. Being In Love Is Being Involved
    03. You Look Without Seeing
    04. Insure My Love
    05. Boys And Girls
    06. Closer Than Skin
    07. Just Like Me
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    JOE MOKS

    Boys And Girls

    [engl] Calling all students of late 70s Nigerian Boogie. Class is in and you?re about to get schooled by music professor Josephine Mokwunyei, aka Joe Moks. Spotted by legendary producer, Odion Iruoje, and nurtured by his protege, Alex Tony Okoroji, Joe Moks pioneered a wonky, hi-tech style of funk that would become the sound of 80s Nigeria. Her album Boys And Girls is brash, bouncy and fun, decorated by scatty synth lines and propelled by the ?magic hand claps? of Nigerian rhythm legends Steve Black, Goddy Igidigi and Ifi Okwechime. The title track and ?You Look Without Seeing? are spaced-out party starters. ?Closer Than Skin? boasts a super slinky bass line and ?Love Is Gonna Pay? is a slice of Bony M Euro pop. And, just beneath the froth, strong intelligent lyrics demanding respect and equality. ?Being In Love Is Being Involved? was the blueprint of new kind of relationship Nigerian women were looking for. Joe Moks only made one album. She made a few appearances on Victor Uwaifo?s TV show before becoming a professor of Music and Theatre Arts at the University of Benin. But forty years on, Boys And Girls remains a lesson in fun and intelligent Nigerian boogie. - Peter Moore, www.africanrevolutions.com
    Format
    CD
    Release-Datum
    06.11.2017
    EAN
    EAN 0710473191760
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    20.10.2017
    EAN
    EAN 0710473191722
     
  • 01. Moving World
    02. Dracula Dance
    03. Brotherhood Of Man
    04. No One Is Born To Suffer
    05. Groovy Love
    06. Jungle Music
    07. Wale Tobite
    08. Kelenkye Beat
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    KELENKYE BAND

    Moving World

    [engl] In 1974, a brash young designer called Augustus Kerry Taylor had an idea. He'd gather together the hottest musicians in Ghana and record an album of the heaviest and funkiest sounds coming out of America. And this time, he wouldn't just design the cover, like he'd done with Fela Kuti, he'd even release it on his new label, Emporium, as well. Local Accra legends Joe Wellington, Jagger Botchway, Leslie Addy, Officer Toro, Oko Ringo, Soldier and Steve answered the call. They were christened the Kelenkye Band and gelled immediately. Moving World, is a funky, disparate album that exudes a rare warmth, enthusiasm and togetherness. 'Moving World' and 'Brotherhood of Man' are hard, grinding funk. 'Jungle Music' has a more soulful groove. There's also a bit of reggae, 'Dracula Dance', and old-skool highlife, 'Wale Tobite'. Accra's leading DJ, Charlie Sam, declared his mind 'well and truly boggled.' The Kelenkye Band never recorded another album. Augustus Kerry Taylor shut down Emporium and went back to designing album covers. But in Moving World they delivered a perfect moment of funk alchemy that has rightly become the Holy Grail of 70's Ghanian groove.
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    09.12.2016
    EAN
    EAN 0710473191470
    Format
    CD
    Release-Datum
    09.12.2016
    EAN
    EAN 0710473191487
     
  • 01. Rosemary
    02. Give It To Me
    03. Feelin' Alright
    04. Too Much
    05. Love To Love You
    06. You
    07. Ain't No Use
    08. Daily Prayer
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    KIKI GYAN

    Feelin Alright

    [engl] Kiki Gyan’s star didn’t burn long, but it burned bright. Drafted into the Afro funk super group, Osibisa, at 15, he was millionaire by 18 and regarded as one of the best keyboardists in the world by 21. ‘Life was good, man,’ he told journalist Kweku Sakyi-Addo. ‘Too good!’. In 1983 he dived head first into the New York party scene. He took a lot of drugs, spent a lot of time in clubs and got together a team of crack local musicians to record Feelin’ Alright, his third and final solo album. All the Kiki Gyan trademark elements are present and correct. The album is unique a blend of highlife music with electronic funk and disco. ‘Rosemary’ follows the formula most closely and was a hit across Nigeria and Ghana. But on ‘Give It To Me’, ‘Love To Love You’ and the title track, you’ll hear a slicker, boogie-influenced sound that has made Feelin’ Alright one of his most sought-after albums. Kiki Gyan would never hit such heights again. His addictions eventually took hold and he died aged 47, destitute and alone. Feelin’ Alright remains one of the brightest stars in his extraordinary constellation.
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    02.03.2017
    EAN
    EAN 0710473190701
    Format
    CD
    Release-Datum
    02.03.2017
    EAN
    EAN 0710473190718
     
  • 01. Disco Dancer
    02. Sunshine Baby
    03. Sexy Dancer
    04. Black Afro Punk
    05. Alhaji Who Are You
    06. We Make Music
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    KIKI GYAN

    Feeling So Good

    [engl] First time reissued on CD! This is in fact more than just a rare record and definitely more than just a vinyl share for insatiable collectors who only judge a record by it's monetary value. This is a prime example of overflowing talent coupled with a simmering passion for music and the hunger for life right at the moment. The story begins on Jue 7th 1957 in a small Ghanaian village where Kofi Kwarko Gyan, nicknamed Kiki, was born into a middle class family. Soon his talent as a musician began to show when he started taking piano lessions by the age of 5 and went professional by the age of 12. He dropped out of school shortly after and began living a life on the road with regional Ghanaian bands. One trip abroad took him to London in the early 70s where his career received a giant push at the age of 15. He joined afro rock legends OSIBISA in 1972 as their new keyboardist after his predecessor had left the band. By the mid 70s Kiki Gyan had played with OSIBISA to giant audiences allover the world and met personalities from the international music scene such as Elton John and Mick Jagger. He was not only a steady keyboardist for OSIBISA but also a very popular session man for fellow African bands and musicians, among them OFEGE from Nigeria. He released a couple of solo albums and we take a closer look now at his second effort from 1979, “Feeling so good”. The music keeps what the title promises as this is a delightful example of joy manifesting in music. Everything is bright here, the grooves are complex and powerful, yet always accessible. The harmonies enchant you with their friendly approach. The African sun shines from each note played on this record. Gyan mixes Western disco sounds, funk, African traditional chants and reggae sounds into an ever flowing groove music that has lot's of melody and mesmerizes by the swirling percussion patterns. “Feeling so good” is an equally physical and spiritual affair and contains six lengthy tunes. Tunes that live from the tight interplay of all instruments, the crisp, clear and powerful production and a wild and steaming atmosphere. Kiki Gyan was on the step of entering the 'Hall of Legends' like Stevie Wonder did, to whom he often got compared to. His legacy remains huge, not only for African music but for all black music that ruled the early disco scene in the 70s and whose popularity is still at full blossom. Next to Fela Kuti and Geraldo Pino, Kiki Gyan can be called a true force in African pop music of the 70s!
    Format
    LP lim
    Release-Datum
    10.07.2018
    EAN
    EAN 0710473604383
    Format
    CD
    Release-Datum
    10.07.2018
    EAN
    EAN 0710473604376
     
  • 01. Yeanoh (Powe Handa Blingabe)
    02. Belle Wahalla
    03. Thank You Mama
    04. Titi Dem Too Service
    05. Don Don Mi Money
    06. Thogolingo Dembi Na
    07. You Wan Married?
    08. Geibai Gpanga Ne Gna
    09. Kondi Instrumental
    10. Without Money, No Family (Chief Boima Remix)
    11. Thogolobea (Lv Remix)
    12. Y’alimamy (Chief Boima Remix)
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    KONDI BAND

    Salone

    Sorie Kondi ist etwa 50 Jahre alt, blind und stammt aus Sierra Leone, einem der ärmsten Länder der Welt. Er ist ein Virtuose auf dem landestypischen Instrument Kondi - einem mit Lamellen besetzten Holzbrett (Daumenklavier) -, dessen Bezeichnung er auch als Nachnamen trägt, und das er mit Gesang begleitet. The Kondi Band ist eine Kollaboration zwischen ihm und dem amerikanischen Produzenten und DJ Chief Boima, dessen Wurzeln ebenfalls in Sierra Leone liegen. Bis er Chief Boima traf, hatte Kondi in Freetown, der Hauptstadt Sierra Leones, bereits fünf Alben aufgenommen. Beider Zusammenarbeit kam zufällig zustande. Als Chief Boima einen YouTube-Clip von Kondi sah, war er überaus angetan von dessen rhythmischer Intensität. Er bot Kondi daraufhin an, einen Remix zu erstellen. Nachdem der Track die Charts der DJ-Playlisten im Sturm erobert hatte, entwickelte sich schnell eine Partnerschaft zwischen den beiden. Kondi reiste für einige Konzerte in die USA, nebenher arbeitete man an neuen Songs. Diese bilden die Basis ihres ersten gemeinsamen Albums "Salome", das mit einer Mischung aus Techno und traditioneller afrikanischer Musik eine Brücke zwischen Tradition und Moderne schlägt. Hinzu kommen kompromisslose Texte über den zermürbenden Alltag in Sierra Leone.
    Format
    DoLP
    Release-Datum
    02.06.2017
    EAN
    EAN 0730003313417
     
  • A1 Last Revolutionary
    A2 Black Times
    B1 Corporate Public Control Department (C.P.C.D.)
    B2 Kuku Kee Me
    C1 Bad Man Lighter (B.M.L.)
    C2 African Dreams
    D1 Struggle Sounds
    D2 Theory Of Goat And Yam
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    KUTI, SEUN ANIKULAPO

    Black Times

    Sprösslinge bekannter Musiker tun sich gewöhnlich schwer damit, aus dem Schatten ihrer Eltern zu treten. Seun Kuti, dem jüngsten Sohn des nigerianischen Afrobeat-Pioniers Fela Kuti, ist dies gelungen. Obwohl sein Vater praktisch ein eigenes Genre kreiert hatte, und obwohl er erst 14 Jahre alt war, als dieser 1997 in seiner Heimatstadt Lagos an den Folgen von AIDS starb. Nach Fela Kutis Tod übernahm er die Führung von dessen Band Egypt 80, mit der er seit seinem neunten Lebensjahr bei Konzerten aufgetreten war. Analog zur Karriere seines Vaters entwickelte sich Seun Kuti zu einem versierten Sänger, Saxofonisten und zeremonienmeisterhaften Bandleader, der auf mittlerweile vier Alben westafrikanischen Highlife, Funk, Jazz und polyrhythmische Perkussion mit politischen Botschaften gegen die Mächtigen der Welt zu einem kräftig groovenden Gebräu vereint. Auf "Black Times" steht ihm dabei die Gitarrenlegende Carlos Santana mit einem swingenden Gastauftritt beim Titelstück zur Seite. Dieses ist eine Anklage gegen die heuchlerische Debatte um Fake News. Die Thematik ist typisch für Kuti, "Black Times" ist vom Ansinnen durchwoben, den Menschen die Augen zu öffnen: "The elites always try to divide the poor people of the world", so der Musiker. Deshalb wäre es wichtig, sich zusammenzuschließen und einen gesellschaftlichen Wandel herbeizuführen. Gerechtigkeit gäbe es erst, wenn alle die gleichen Rechte hätten.
    Format
    DoLP
    Release-Datum
    02.03.2018
    EAN
    EAN 0730003316319
     
  • 01. Come Go With Me
    02. Far Far Far-away
    03. Nobody Cares
    04. There's A Woman On My Mind (Mother)
    05. Trace Of Love
    06. Good Morning
    07. Christ Was Born To Be Loved
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    MANFORD BEST

    Come Go With Me

    [engl] With the Super Wings in mutiny and a trail for the manslaughter of his former bandmate, Spuds Nathan, still hanging over his head, Manford Best came out swinging with Come Go With Me. It’s a chirpy, calypso-influenced insight into the state of his mind and his first solo album. Recorded at Godiac Studios with the guys from Rock Town Express and a few of the Super Wings, Come Go With Me was the first album recorded on a new Tascam system that Goddy Oku had just bought back from London. The sound is crisp, clean and bright, perfectly suited to tracks like ‘Come Go With Me’ and ‘Good Morning’ and a welcome respite to the darker lyrics on ‘Nobody Cares’ and ‘Far Far Far Away.’ One of the stranger cuts is ‘There’s a Woman On My Mind (Mother)’. Manford regarded his mother as something of prophetess and would act instantly and without hesitation on the revelations in her ‘dreams’. Come Go With Me was self-financed and released on Manford Best’s own MacSeries Records label. Only 1,000 copies were pressed and he distributed them from the back of a Toyota van himself. A rare Afro gem, deserving of its place in the sun again.
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    02.03.2017
    EAN
    EAN 0710473190688
    Format
    CD
    Release-Datum
    02.03.2017
    EAN
    EAN 0710473190695
     
  • 01. I've Been Loving You
    02. Lets Spend The Night Together
    03. Turn The Lights Out
    04. I Feel Like Dancing
    05. Reconciliation
    06. Sweet Loving
    07. Someone Has Taken Her Away
    08. Lets Spend The Night Together (Inst.)
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    MANFORD BEST

    I've Been Loving You

    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    15.06.2018
    Format
    CD
    Release-Datum
    27.07.2018
     
  • 01. The Love Song
    02. Devil Woman
    03. Don't Take That Love Away From Me
    04. Heaven Is Here On Earth
    05. You Can't Stop Us
    06. The Great Question
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    MANSION

    Devil Woman

    [engl] The eastern Nigerian city of Calabar in Cross River State was colloquially known as Canaan City – a place of lush landscapes, alluring women and delicious cooking. When the Biafra War ended it became a land of milk and honey for bands as well, with jumping venues like the Taj Mahal and Luna Nite Club and a label called Clover, set up local entrepreneur Ben Okonkwo, releasing albums by bands like The Doves, The Visitors, Aktion and The Apostles. The youngest band on the Clover roster was Mansion, a teenage highlife group, led by singer and bassist John ‘Holy Mountain’ Ebiong. Okonkwo decked them out in flares, repackaged them as a funk band and put them in the studio with EMI super-producer, Kayode Salami. The result was Devil Woman, an astoundingly assured funk/rock album. The title track revels in a ‘60s psychedelic vibe. ‘The Love Song’ is a direct appeal to teenage hearts. ‘Heaven Here On Earth’ has an irresistible shuffling groove while ‘You Can’t Stop Us’ is what James Brown would have sounded like if he’d been born in the Cross River State. Devil Woman is an album designed to set young hearts aflutter and draw approving nods from seasoned musicians. It succeeds in both. - Peter Moore
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    11.05.2017
    EAN
    EAN 0710473190763
    Format
    CD
    Release-Datum
    11.05.2017
    EAN
    EAN 0710473190770
     
  • 01. Tell Me Now
    02. Kam Fat Owo (Mbata)
    03. What's A Woman To Do
    04. African Woman
    05. Sweet Elijah
    06. Spread More Love
    07. Our Generation (Ode To Our Nation)
    08. Tenkim Kpoho
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    MARY AFI USUAH

    African Woman

    [engl] Mary Afi Usuah trained as an a opera singer at the prestigious St Cecilia Academy in Rome and spent 13 years touring Europe with artists like Duke Ellington and Deep Purple. She matched vocal chops with Robert Plant performing with Led Zeppelin and blew away the top names on the Lagos scene when she returned to Nigeria. She also broke a few hearts with her killer smile, if some accounts are to be believed. African Woman marshals these experiences into an exceptionally powerful and diverse album. From the Tina Turner stomp of ‘What’s A Woman To Do’, to the Aretha-style musings of the title track, Mary takes everything she learned on the road to tell her story about her continent in a distinctly African manner. The boys from Akwassa were on hand to ensure that everything was kept extra tight and funky. Mary Afi Usuah only released two albums but she is undeniably one of the greatest female singers the African continent has produced. African Woman serves as her legacy, along with the remarkable number of Nigerian female singers she mentored and inspired. - Peter Moore, www.africanrevolutions.com / "I met MARY AFI USUAH in 1979 while I was the lead singer with TEE MAC COLLECTION. We were based at SURULERE NIGHT CLUB in Lagos, Nigeria. She came in from Calabar in the Cross river state. She was a beauty with her afro hair and had a very strong voice and very powerful on stage. Her performance was electrifying. She did a lot of shows with us and together we got the crowd rocking. A very dark complexioned lady, she was full of life and love. Her smiles would sweep any man off her feet instantly and I immediately recognized a talent that go all over the world. Her music is a blend of African rhythms, soul and funk with heavy bassline. I am glad to let you know that the vynil you have in your hands now contains music that will tickle all ears for a very long time. Happy listening." - Steve Black
    Format
    CD
    Release-Datum
    25.07.2016
    EAN
    EAN 0710473190367
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    25.07.2016
    EAN
    EAN 0710473190374
     
  • 01. I Want You Girl
    02. Care To Love Me
    03. Re-Union
    04. Heavenly Father
    05. To Win Or Lose
    06. He Is To Be Praised
    07. Ungrateful People
    08. Funky Music
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    MASISI MASS FUNK

    I Want You Girl

    [engl] In mid-seventies, Nigerian bands came and went with alarming regularity, rising meteorically from the slums to stardom and falling back again just as quickly. Masisi Mass Funk from Anamara State was one such band. But during their brief moment in the stratosphere, they produced a funk gem in I Want You Girl. The band was championed by Ebere Ikoro from the Hygrades. He took them under his wing after an ill-advised collaboration with Soly Dibong. They were originators not imitators, he said. He produced I Want You Girl and played on it as well. It’s easy to see what appealed to Ebere Ikoro. The title track has a Manfred Mann sixties vibe. ‘Care To Love Me’ is a wonky, off-kilter reggae calypso number. And ‘Ungrateful People’ bounces along with a Sly And The Family Stone chirpiness. However, it’s the gospel numbers that really stand out. ‘Heavenly Father’ rocks out with strident keyboards and plaintive vocals. And the relentless ‘He Is To Be Praised’ is an afro-funk-rock-gospel monster, guaranteed to raise your eyes to heaven while keeping your feet firmly planted on the dance floor. Sadly, Masisi Mass Funk only released one album, their star burning as quickly as it did brightly. They went on to form First Planet, an Afro Boogie band that tore up Lagos dancefloors in the ‘80s. But that’s another story for another day. - Peter Moore
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    11.05.2017
    EAN
    EAN 0710473190978
    Format
    CD
    Release-Datum
    11.05.2017
    EAN
    EAN 0710473190961
     
  • 01. Music Is The Answer
    02. Let's Work Together
    03. Search Out! Watch Out!
    04. Road Man (Mystic)
    05. Funky Child
    06. Loving To Sing For You
    07. Lover Man's Bullet
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    MIGHTY FLAMES

    Metalik Funk Band

    [engl] The Mighty Flames were a crack bunch of Cameroonian musicians, drawn to Nigeria by the heavy funk sounds booming across the border like musical moths. For a short time in the late sentries they ‘owned’ Port Harcourt, destroying dancefloors with an incendiary sound that burned so heavily that it was phosphorescent. Metalik Funk Band is the band at their most deadly. Willy ‘Pazz’ Nfor is on bass, Nfrackie ‘Jazz’ Song on synth, Didi Lead on lead guitar, Emma ‘Wah Wah’ Baloka on rhythm and Stormy ‘Booga’ Jimmy on percussion. There is not a single dud track. ‘Music Is The Answer’ is a psychedelic head spin. ‘Funky Child’ is an irresistible call to the dancefloor. And I guarantee you’ll need a good lie down after listening to ‘Search Out! Watch Out!’. Sadly, things did not end well for the Mighty Flames. Their manager was a tyrant and when they tried to escape to Lagos with all the band’s gear he promptly had then arrested. Metallik Funk Band was their last album, but what a way to go out: with an incendiary batch of Afro Funk monsters that need to be in every funk lover’s collection.
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    15.12.2016
    EAN
    EAN 0710473190589
    Format
    CD
    Release-Datum
    15.12.2016
    EAN
    EAN 0710473190596
     
  • Pata Pata
    Ha Po Zamani
    What Is Love
    Maria Fulo
    Yetentu Tizaleny
    Click Song Number One
    Ring Bell, Ring Bell
    Jol'inkomo
    West Wind
    Saduva
    A Piece Of Ground
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    MIRIAM MAKEBA

    Pata Pata

    [engl] Strut presents an all-time classic of South African music, the definitive remastered edition of Miriam Makeba's 'Pata Pata', her first album recorded for Reprise in 1966. The album marked a significant international breakthrough for Makeba. Moving to the US after the anti-apartheid film 'Come Back, Africa' gained international attention and staying there in exile, she quickly built her career in New York during the '60s, mentored by Harry Belafonte. Signing with Reprise after a period with RCA, she returned to one of her older songs: "I wrote 'Pata Pata' back in 1956, back in South Africa", remembered Makeba in her autobiography. "It was a fun little song and I was thinking of a dance that we do at home ("pata" means 'touch" in Zulu and Xhosa)". The track peaked on the Billboard Hot 100 at no. 12 and the album. Other songs on the album included a version of the traditional Xhosa classic, 'Click Song Number One' ('Qongqothwane'), the atmospheric 'West Wind', later famously covered by her friend Nina Simone, and a version of Tilahun Gessesse's 'Yetentu Tizaleny' which Makeba learned on a trip to Addis to perform for Haile Selassie at the Organisation Of African Unity.
    Format
    DoLP
    Release-Datum
    30.08.2019
    EAN
    EAN 0730003318016
     
  • A1. She's My Woman
    A2. Get On Up
    A3. First Cut
    B1. Selense
    B2. Hold Me Tighter
    B3. Ima Obi O
    B4. Shake, Clap, Tap
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    MURPHY WILLIAMS

    She Is My Woman

    [engl] She Is My Woman is Murphy William?s loose, funky and spontaneous call to the dance floor. It?s an infectious collection of good-time tunes that the band seem to be enjoying as much as the listener. Williams was a stalwart of the Nigerian music scene, joining Godwin Omabuwa?s Cassanova Dandies at 17 before becoming one of the two lead vocalist of The Apostles from Aba. He was famous for his distinctive four octave voice, a voice that legendary label boss, Godwin Tabansi decided was perfectly suited to the new disco sound that was gripping Nigeria. The title track gets the party started with Felix Liberty providing the good-time guitar riffs, Friday Pozzo on congas and Sonny Enang keeping it light on keyboards. The vibe is tight and bright, breathy a breezy charm into disc-tied versions of Igbo folk songs ?Selense? and ?Ima Obi O.? The undoubted highlight of the album is ?Get On Up?, a certifiable disco classic that would slay any dance floor anywhere in the world. It?s funky, it?s fun and by the time the lyrics implore the listener to get on up and dance their feet have already been convinced by the music. Put it on and it?s guaranteed to get any party started. - Peter Moore, www.africanrevolutions.com
    Format
    CD
    Release-Datum
    15.03.2018
    EAN
    EAN 0710473191067
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    15.03.2018
    EAN
    EAN 0710473191074
     
  • 01. Sangandongo
    02. Malanga
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    NIAGARA

    Niagara

    Die deutsche ‘’Drum-Legende’’ Klaus Weiss formierte NIAGARA , um 1971 seine Vision eines Orchesters, welches ausschließlich aus Schlagzeugern und Percussion besteht, zu realisieren.Udo Lindenberg und Keith Forsey sind nur zwei der berühmten Musiker, die an den Aufnahmen der beiden langen Stücke auf diesem Album mitgewirkt haben auf dem kraftvolle,hypnotisierende Grooves den Hörer immer tiefer in ihrem Bann ziehen.
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    25.07.2016
    EAN
    EAN 0710473190015
     
  • 01. S.U.B.
    02. Bones
    03. Niagara
    04. Kattarh
    05. Kikiriti
    06. Gibli
    07. Terra Incognita
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    NIAGARA

    S.U.B.

    [engl] Rhythm master Klaus Weiss knew he had a good thing going with NIAGARA. The first album was a gathering of every outstanding drummer and percussionist he could get hold of and despite the fact that there were only rhythm instruments featured , it became quite a memorable and unique record. Now for the second album "S.U.B." he felt he had to go other ways, and recorded with a complete rock outfit plus the one or another brass instrument. „S.U.B.“ is definitely worth being traded for 180,00 Euros and more among collectors for a clean original and when the needle hits the groove you will realize why. There is a tightly woven web of rhythms from drums and percussions, as the solid and ever pulsating base with a laid back but really present bass guitar adding more depth and power to the beats and clean rhythm guitars with a nifty wah wah effect for the extra kick. From time to time the guitars fire off a memorable steaming riff on top of the rhythm pulse and the horns answer the call for arms. You really have to look at the backcover to find out that this is a German outfit instead of one of these utterly hot and hip US funk rock cult bands of the time. NIAGARA aka Klaus Weiss waive the vocals so it is an instrumental record you face with „S.U.B“, but then this band goes so wild in some of the compositions, that you will be left breathless on your knees by all these simmering performances. Each musician participating in this project is a professional, but they all let the music erupt into a climax of sound you can only achieve, when you put your whole heart and soul into it. A masterpiece of funky and utterly unleashed rock music from the early 70s.
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    25.07.2016
    EAN
    EAN 0710473190084
     
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    OBATALA

    Obatala

    [engl] This well produced strong disco funk album is a hidden gem. The original is on many wants lists and rarely turns up. Heady disco funk from the glory days of the Miami soul scene in the 70?s. This smoking album by the group Obatala is tight in a good way. Core funk energy mixed with some added strings and horns. A mode that's funky club, but never straight disco at all. Titles include ''April'', ''Shades Of September'', ''Disco Party'', ''Funk-A-Fried'', ''Tight Rope'', and ''Work It Out''. A killer set throughout! - Marc Janssen, www.everland-music.com > Licensed by Henry Stone Music, Inc.
    Format
    CD
    Release-Datum
    08.11.2017
    EAN
    EAN 0710473183826
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    03.07.2017
    EAN
    EAN 0710473183536
     
  • 01. I Want To Feel Your Love
    02. I'll Put It Right Again
    03. Enjoy Your Life
    04. Wait For Me
    05. Here We Are
    06. Nne N'enye
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    OBY ONYIOHA

    I Want To Feel Your Love

    [engl] It’s 1981 and Nigeria is booming. Oil was still bringing in the big petro-bucks and a new civilian government brought hope that the dark days of military dictatorships were over. A new album by a baby-voiced, permed, lipstick-wearing vocalist is riding high in the charts, capturing the mood of the nation perfectly. The singer was Oby Onyioha, the university educated daughter of the Godian prophet, His Holiness Ogbaja Kama Onu Kama Onyioha. The album was I Want To Feel Your Love, a collection of slick, up-tempo disco tracks, produced by the ‘Quincy Jones of Nigeria’, Lemmy Jackson. Handsomely packaged, sumptuously produced, it was as sophisticated and glossy as anything coming out of the west. The album also marked a cultural shift in Nigeria too. Oby Onyioha was a smart, modern woman exhorting her Nigerian sisters to ‘Enjoy Your Life.’ She wasn’t sitting around waiting for a man to call. ‘I Want To Feel Your Love’, she sang. And ‘I’ll Put It Right Again,’ not some dominant boyfriend. Bright, brash and living for the moment, I Want To Feel Your Love is the soundtrack of a Nigeria confident and ready to take its place in the world.
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    15.12.2016
    EAN
    EAN 0710473190626
    Format
    CD
    Release-Datum
    15.12.2016
    EAN
    EAN 0710473190633
     
  • 01. We Are Back
    02. Don't Talk About Love, Just Do It
    03. Adufu
    04. Ayaya
    05. Eni - Aro
    06. Africa My Darling (Home Is Everywhere)
    07. Okija
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    OFO THE ROCK COMPANY

    Live In Europe - Fonk Afrika

    [engl] OFO The Rock Company (originally known as OFO The Back Company) were Nigeria’s first acid-rock band. Blending Hendrix and Deep Purple with shamanism and a pro-black philosophy, they cut their teeth at Fela Kuti’s Afrika Shrine, developing a fearsome live reputation that intimidated every other band in Lagos. No one wanted to follow the guys from OFO, not even Fela himself. Lead by the charismatic Larry Ifedioranma, OFO The Rock Company considered themselves a musical cult. Their live shows were a heady mix of mind-melting musicianship, mysticism and theatre. In 1973 the band tour Europe and Fonkafrika gathers together the best of those performance. The moments captured range from small intimate gigs in London, where you can hear the conversation amongst the crowd, to an astonishing gig in East Germany where they played before 900,000 people. The undoubted highlight is the extended prog-rock wig out of ‘Ayaya,’ recorded at the Berlin gig, before an obviously delighted crowd. See if you can pick out the moment where the band were joined on stage by a long-haired hippy who insisted on playing guitar. They didn’t realize it at the time but it was Carlos Santana. It was in Europe that the band fell apart, riven in two by Ifedioranma’s increasingly autocratic rule. Fonkafrica remains as a precious testament to what the band did best – playing loud and proud and putting on a show you would never forget. - Peter Moore
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    11.05.2017
    EAN
    EAN 0710473191012
    Format
    CD
    Release-Datum
    11.05.2017
    EAN
    EAN 0710473190930
     
  • 01. Charity Begins At Home
    02. Gele Odun (Oil Boom)
    03. Lagos Complex - Highways
    04. Unity In Africa (Kasowopo Kasekan)
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    OYEWOLE, EJI

    Charity Begins At Home

    Reissue eines Klassikers der nigerianischen Afrobeat-Szene. Er lebte in London, Genf, Hamburg und Lyon, spielte mit Fela Kuti, King Sunny Adé, Miles Davis und Bob Marley und zählt noch heute zu den großen Namen des Afrobeats und Highlife: Der Nigerianer Eji Oyewole steht für das goldene Zeitalter westafrikanischer Musik. In eine royale Familie hineingeboren, kann Prince Eji Oyewole auf eine über 50-jährige Karriere als Flötist, Saxofonist und Bandleader zurückblicken. Das Album "Charity Begins At Home", das jetzt neu gemastert wieder vorliegt, entstand Ende der 70er-Jahre für EMI Nigeria und stellt eindrucksvoll Oyewoles Version von Highlife vor: weniger Dominanz der Gitarren, dafür mehr Bläser, viele Einflüsse aus amerikanischem Funk und Jazz und natürlich die für afrikanische Musik typische kräftige perkussive Unterstützung.
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    16.10.2015
    EAN
    EAN 730003133916
     
  • 01. Sweeter Than Honey
    02. Keep On Trying
    03. Wompe 'A' Obi Pe Me
    04. Ma Huno
    05. Hiani Sui Efiri 'A' Oyi Aberesse
    06. Ene Nyame Nam A, Mensuro
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    PAT THOMAS & EBO TAYLOR

    Sweeter Than Honey, Calypso "Mahuno" And High Lifes Celebration

    [engl] Pat Thomas and Ebo Taylor are the Jagger and Richards of Nigerian Highlife. Drawn together by a mutual love of the genre – and an equally intense desire to stop it becoming moribund and bereft of ideas – Ghana’s two most progressive musicians added a western twist to this traditional form of African music and gave it relevance again. It was by no means a continuous process. Pat Thomas and Ebo Taylor first came together in 1966. Over the decades they’d venture off to play in different bands and even different countries. Periodically they’d get back together and implement the new ideas and skills they’d developed. In 1980, they met up in London and recorded Sweeter Than Honey, Calypso Mahuno. Composed and arranged by Taylor, burnished by Pat Thomas’s honeyed vocals, the album is a mix of highlife, calypso, funk, jazz, soul and pop. From the title track to ‘Ma Huno’, the album’s undisputed highlight, the ambition – and musicianship – is breathtaking. Sweeter Than Honey, Calypso Mahuno is arguably the purest example of this extraordinary musical partnership. And what Highlife, unshackled, can be.
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    15.12.2016
    EAN
    EAN 0710473191579
    Format
    CD
    Release-Datum
    15.12.2016
    EAN
    EAN 0710473191586
     
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    PILOTS ON DOPE

    Udopeia: The Remixes

    [engl] The acoustic debut album Udopeia created by the band Pilots On Dope was issued by the Verve label in June 2014. The sound has its roots in Brazil’s broad-ranging musical traditions, including bossa, samba and Afro Brazil, and evoking the golden age of the sixties. Consequently, the album went on to serve as the starting point for well-known mixers from the Pilots On Dope milieu. Taking this development to a second stage, Udopeia – The Remixes is aimed at an audience accustomed to electronic beats but also with an interest in musical reflexes and retro influences. The new remix album cleverly covers this musical spectrum, from exotic Latin sounds through to contemporary electronic remix culture. The Vienna Electronic movement, popular in the nineties, was a counterpart to the Nu Jazz movement which was emerging in Germany at the same time, and itself strongly influenced by offshoots of Acid Jazz. During the epoch-making close of the long-lasting Acid Jazz trend, a series of producers became established in Germany and England, drawing on elements of Latin, Brazil, easy listening, jazz and soul, and creating a veritable boom which went on to influence and inspire producers in Italy and France. Their Austrian equivalent was certainly the Vienna Electronic movement which triggered a literal downbeat cult, creating a distinctive genre with its striking funk riffs. Sampling, a by-product of Hip Hop, was certainly a key element in the resounding success of Kruder & Dorfmeister, the pioneers of Vienna Electronic. Despite the reduced tempo, this trend would conquer the dancefloor, generating its own identity and a musical code - light and raunchy, underpinned with an atmospheric soundscape, and overlaid with a pulsing rhythm in the heartbeat of flickering sound densities. The remix project brings together a wide range of producers who made history with Vienna Electronic, in particular past master Richard Dorfmeister and artists from his G-Stone label including Stereotyp, Makossa & Megablast and Gümix. They are joined by fellow remixers such as Shanti Roots and the Pilots Gerald Tomez (Vienna Scientists) and Gerhard Gigler (DJ Bunani). The newcomers Shantisan, Ksawa and Corrado Bucci from Brescia bring with them promising credentials and refreshing contributions. Enriched with further remixes by well-known producers including Rainer Trüby (Freiburg), Farrapo (Bologna) and Trotter (São Paolo), the result is a magnificent cross-section of remixes which have found their ideal home on the ultimate Verve label.
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    11.05.2017
    EAN
    EAN 0710473193498