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    RAY CAMACHO BAND

    Reach Out

    Die Disco- Formation THE RAY CAMACHO BAND erkunden auf diesem ursprünglich 1979 erschienenen Album die Gefilde des Funk und der ‚Club-Music’ der damaligen Zeit. Latin Einflüsse sind unüberhörbar, verbinden sich mit gnadenlos treibenden Rhythmen und heißen Grooves zu einer atemberaubenden Mischung. Es verwundert nicht, dass Originalpressungen dieses Albums heutzutage für satte 800 US$ gehandlt werden. Dies ist eine Scheibe zum Tanzen, Tanzen …. Und nochmals Tanzen. Ray Camacho lässt dem Hörer keine Verschnaufpause…. aber wer will die auch schon ?
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    08.04.2016
    EAN
    EAN 0710473190091
    Format
    CD
    Release-Datum
    25.07.2016
    EAN
    EAN 0710473190152
     
  • 01. Konastone Ponk
    02. Girls Reservation
    03. Get Up Stand Up
    04. Them Crazy
    05. I Want You
    06. Sexy Thing
    07. I'm Gonna Love You
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    ROBO ARIGO & HIS KONASTONE MAJESTY

    Sexy Thing

    [engl] Robo Arigo is an extraordinary multi-instrumentalist from Nigeria's Ogun State. A founding member of Pogo Ltd, he played bass, guitar and organ on both their albums and plays all kinds of instruments, including cowbell, on Sexy Thing too. One listen to the record, however, (and a quick look at the back of the cover), and it's pretty clear that playing bass is where Robo's heart lay. Especially when he gets to slap it. The slapping starts early on 'Konastone Ponk', a dippy, funky track where Robo implores that if his music 'touches your soul, get up and dance.' The interplay between bass and guitar is magic – it's clear that Eno Louis is Nile Rodgers to Robo's Rick James, with a bit of Prince and Parliament thrown in for good measure. The funk feels dark and dangerous on 'Girls Reservation' and gets seriously slinky on 'Sexy Thing'. I can't over emphasis what a truly great album this is. The sound is clean and the production is stripped back and funky, a sound Robo would finesse as a producer with his Robbosoneex Music Company in Benin. Listen to the audacious cover of 'Get Up, Stand Up', and tell me that you're not convinced that very Bob Marley songs needs a slap bass break in the middle. You need this record in your life. - Peter Moore
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    11.05.2017
    EAN
    EAN 0710473190886
    Format
    CD
    Release-Datum
    11.05.2017
    EAN
    EAN 0710473190893
     
  • 01. I Want To See You Tonight
    02. Shake It On Baby
    03. Peaceful Solution
    04. I Want To Love
    05. Spaceville Rape
    06. Nobody's Man
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    ROCK TOWN EXPRESS

    Rock Town Express

    [engl] There was a time in the 1970s when the best band in the Nigeria was actually from Cameroon. Rock Town Express, formed out of the ashes of Wrinkar Experience by Yaoundé boys Edjo'o Jacques Racine and Ginger Forcha, hit it hard, hit it loud and hit it funky. Racine and Forcha had been recruited from Cameroon by Dan Ian and after only six months, left them stranded in Nigeria's troubled east. Their first album as Rock Town Express was released on Ginger Baker's ARC label in 1974. This, their second eponymous album, features a more subdued sepia toned cover but rocks even harder. The horror of the Biafran War weighs heavily on Rock Town Express. The guitars wail, the horns parp and the synths swirls in a maelstrom of pain and anger. 'Peaceful Solution' implores people to live in peace and harmony. 'Spaceville Rape' bemoans the wanton destruction that comes with war. And 'Nobody's Man' is the defiant cry of an ex-soldier determined to make his own way in the world. Rock Town Express is an angry and dark transmission from Nigeria's east that the war may have been over, but the scars were still yet to heal.
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    15.12.2016
    EAN
    EAN 0710473191517
    Format
    CD
    Release-Datum
    15.12.2016
    EAN
    EAN 0710473191524
     
  • 01. Oya
    02. My Friend
    03. Ayamato
    04. Kukelu
    05. Efin Ogiso
    06. Freedom Anthem
    07. Wombiliki
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    S. JOB ORGANISATION

    Freedom Anthem

    [engl] S. Job Organization (also known as SJOB Movement) was a rarity in the Nigerian music scene – a collective of equals in a world where band ‘leaders’ ruled the roost and ‘band boys’ had to make do with the crumbs. The name was an acronym representing each of the members – Samuel ‘Spark’ Abiloye, Johnnie Woode Olimah, Ehima ‘Blackie’ Ottah and Prince Bolarinwa Agba. They were music scene veterans and the nucleus of Sonny Okosuns’ group, Ozziddi. Unshackled, their undeniable chemistry fizzed. Listen to a SJOB record and you can almost hear band members nodding their heads in appreciation of each others’ mad skills. On Freedom Anthem, the music is deep, dark and funky. It took inspiration from the new sounds coming out of black America with a focus that was increasingly political. ‘Ayamoto’ calls for Africans to stand up for their rights. ‘Freedom Anthem’ is another funky call to arms. ‘Oya’ and ‘Wombiliki’ incorporate local folk sounds and a tinge of reggae for a distinctly African burnish. The egalitarian structure of SJOB eventually lead to its demise. Without a dominant personality to galvanize the band, they lost direction. Johnnie Woode rejoined Ozziddi. Prince Bola joined King Sunny Ade. The great social experiment was over. But in Freedom Anthem, the magic it created lives on.
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    01.11.2016
    EAN
    EAN 0710473190480
    Format
    CD
    Release-Datum
    01.11.2016
    EAN
    EAN 0710473190497
     
  • 01. Freedom For Africa
    02. World People
    03. Take Your Soul
    04. Alikali Adajo
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    SAHARA ALL STAR BAND JOS

    Sahara All Star Band Jos

    [engl] Based in the Havana Nightclub, in the central plateau town of Jos, the Sahara All Stars of Jos weren't part of the Lagos scene or the one in the east. Their leader, Dan Satch Ayo, had played with Dr Sir Warrior in the Orientals. He'd jammed with Mohammed Ahidjo and Sonny Akpan from The Funkees. Together with the All Stars he took the best of both scenes and created his own tight, hypnotic groove. First released in 1978, Sahara All Stars of Jos is a musical journey through all of those influences. ‘Freedom For Africa' is a potent rallying cry sugarcoated with a sweet reggae vibe. ‘World People' is an Afrobeat gem that condenses a night out at The Shrine into 10 min 43 secs. You can almost feel the steam coming out of New York manholes on ‘Take Your Soul.' And the Highlife-tinged ‘Alikali Adajo' brings it back, full-circle, to the Jos Hotel, just off the roundabout, where it all began. Engineered by Fela Kuti's regular knob twiddler, Emmanuel A. Odunesu, Sahara All Stars of Jos is a tight, funky sonic gem and a timely reminder that, in 70's, the groove was strong all over Nigeria.
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    12.09.2016
    EAN
    EAN 0710473190466
    Format
    CD
    Release-Datum
    20.09.2016
    EAN
    EAN 0710473190473
     
  • 01. Free The People
    02. Treachery
    03. Good People
    04. Express Yourself
    05. Mr. Somebody
    06. You Can Make It If You Try
    07. Akwa Idim
    08. Sugar Node Bitter
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    SEA LIONS

    Free The People

    [engl] The year is 1978 and one hot thing from the musical underground is Reggae music from Jamaica, the USA or UK, where most of the acts had musicians of Caribbean descent. Reggae had the groove, the rebel spirit and the relaxed attitude all in one, to enchant a big part of the world’s inhabitants. And while at least Jamaica as a relatively poor and so called „Third World“ country proved to spawn Reggae acts of highest quality, literally nobody dared to look further and dig deeper into the underground except of a few maniacs who were not satisfied with spinning Marley over and over again. And maybe they stumbled over the 1970s Afro Beat sound from countries like Zambia or Nigeria and then got interested. What did they find in the simmering metropolises of this still mysterious continent? Somewhere in Nigeria they would have certainly caught a glimpse on mind blowing performanes of THE SEA LIONS, a six piece group mixing the then hip Reggae and Afro Beat stylesto generate fresh and furious music with a hypnotizing atmosphere. Polyrhythmic beat patterns build the foundation, the utterly fruitful soil for the heartwarming melodies wailed out by the guitars and the commanding vocals with their conjuring charme. Great organwork builds the link between the groove section and the melody instruments. You can imagine what a pleasant experience this band might have been live back in 1978 when their sole album „Free the people“ got released. And this album, of which copies in only good conditions already fetch prices of 450,00 US$, while nice clean pieces might go up to 1200 US$, lives up to the expectations one might have from watching a live show by the SEA LIONS. The sound is vivid, transparent, powerful and clean enough to make the music a real pleasure listening to, but earthy enough to present nothing but the band going wild here. The songs all have similar pace, not too fast, but swinging and pulsating to spread their energy to and among the listeners. The melodies are simple but come from the depth of the heart. This feels typical for African 70s music and despite being kind of reduced, these melodies keep haunting you still even hours after the record been taken off the turntable and put back into its sleeve. They bring images of an ever pulsating city by night, warm climate, palm trees, people at the bar, a witches cauldron of sounds, smells, voice and pictures. And you feel the magic floating through the air while this groove will not let you go so easily. You can either dance your soul out to this ultimate reissue or you can sit down, listen and let the music tell you a story of the dark corners of the big city, the narrow alleys that lead you into a boiling labyrinth of mystical dreams. And in songs like „You can make it if you try“ you will find the whole magic of the African world, a world so fascinating for us Europeans but still so unapproachable in some ways and dangerous for the weak. Do not try to resist, this is your pleasure. Grab a copy and the SEA LIONS, carry you off to their place. I haven’t heard such a killer Afro Beat and Reggae album with songs this exciting and wild in a long time. If you equally love Peter Tosh, Bob Marley, Segun Bucknor and Fela Kuti, look no further. Here is the spiritual essence of all these great artists merged into one giant act.
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    09.11.2020
     
  • 01. The Price Of Your Love
    02. Everybody Wondering (Why I Love You)
    03. See And Believe
    04. The Good Things Of Life (Your Love Is The Best Of All)
    05. No Condition Is Permanent
    06. Lonely Man On The Marina
    07. Nigeria One - And Forever
    08. Tragedy
    09. The Sun Will Shine
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    SEGUN BUCKNOR

    Segun Bucknor

    [engl] Segun Bucknor fell in love with American soul music as a student at New York’s Columbia University. Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Sam Cooke and Ray Charles hadn’t made much of a splash in Africa at the time and when Bucknor returned to Nigeria in 1968, he was determined to bring the sound to a wider audience. The result was brand of Afro-Soul that in turn became a proto-type of Afrobeat. With his bands, The Assembly and The Revolution, he released a few politically charged tracks, but even with his energetic dance trio, The Sweet Things, turning up the heat, Bucknor couldn’t compete with Fela Kuti. This self-titled album, the last he released, sees Bucknor go back to his soul roots. Released after The Revolution were disbanded, the Afrobeat affectations are scaled back and his soulful voice brought to the fore. The concerns are more personal than political. It’s the sort of music the Sweet Things would nod their heads to rather than shake their booty. That’s not to say the African beats aren’t still there. On songs like ‘The Price Of Love’ and ‘See And Believe’ they form an intriguing bedrock for the songs to be built upon. On Segun Bucknor the sound sophisticated not sweaty, comforting rather than confronting. - Peter Moor
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    11.05.2017
    EAN
    EAN 0710473191678
    Format
    CD
    Release-Datum
    11.05.2017
    EAN
    EAN 0710473191685
     
  • 01. Sorrow Sorrow Sorrow
    02. Gbomojo
    03. Son of January 15th
    04. La – La – La
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    SEGUN BUCKNORS REVOLUTION

    Son Of January 15

    [engl] "Segun Bucknor was one of the most important figures in the Nigerian music scene of the 70s, despite having only a brief career with his afrobeat unit which in 1972 released this superb album of which originals usually not turn up at any price. A reissue like this on JET RECORDS therefore is long overdue to enable every woman and man with a fondness for African popular music of the 70s to take a closer listen to this gem and fall in love immediately. What do we get to listen here? Well, the album consists of four lengthy tracks with long instrumental sections that generate a swallowing atmosphere of sheer simmering heat and awakes the primal desire to dance within each and every listener. The first tune „Sorrow sorrow sorrow“ showcases the talents of the band’s brass players with a very prominent lead trumpet and saxophones duelling with each other. In jumps the organ as lead instrument for another long part and despite grooving on repetitive rhythm figures created by bass guitar, drums and percussions with brass instruments and organ adding more intensity to it the solo eruptions and duels in combination with Segun Bucknor’s commanding soulful vocal delivery really brand their progressions, lines and hooks into the listener’s mind. „Gbomojo“ then combines the dark side of the early 60s post bop jazz with a relaxed, yet fidgety beat that draws influences from both, funk and rocksteady. The brass section creates haunting melodies with a goosebump factor. Then the organ freaks out and embarks on a leading part for a moment. More electric jazz comes to the surface as an important influence for Segun Bucknor, who stated Ray Charles as one of his heroes. Well, one of quite some more as it seems. The ongoing groove of the tune and especially the ticking of a special percussion instrument which is very prominent in the arrangement make this a rather hypnotizing affair. This tune is an all out instrumental but trumpet and saxophone take over the lead vocal duties here. Is this what John Coltrane might have emerged into if he was still alive in 1972? Back to his roots but with more of a groovy approach? Who knows? Segun Bucknor did it. The title track that centers around the assassination of the popular Nigerian prime minister Abubakar Tafawa Balewa on January 15th 1966 is again a prime example of haunting afro beat that quite obviously differs from the American funk music of the day. The tune is based on a dense polyrhythmical groove network which builds the fruitful soil for the leading brass section to grow a forest of captivating melodies with more of these commanding vocals thrown in, telling about the political situation in Nigeria around those days and how the people overcame the dark period of time. Too much darkness and tragedy might spoil the fun in some way so the closing track with nearly eleven minutes of length titled „La – La – La“ comes as a more enlightened groover with happier lyrics and hot blooded rhythmical base upon which fascinating melodies lead a good life. Again the brass instruments get their solo parts but this is more of a dance track. Again the arrangements are a dense plait of instrumental lines, harmonies, vocals and rhythm figures. It is an utter joy to try to follow each instrument individually in this dense sound. All in all this album really gets you in case you have an affinity for jazz, for funky grooves, for long tracks and for a simmering atmosphere. A classic that still got lost in time to be rediscovered by a new generation of music lovers nearly 50 years after the initial release. Haunting!"
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    18.12.2019
    Format
    CD
    Release-Datum
    18.12.2019
    EAN
    EAN 0710473185080
     
  • A1. Baby, Wiggle That Thing (04:50)
    A2. Shake What You Got (04:10)
    A3. Hot Thing (04:12)
    A4. Walking On Air (04:12)
    B1. Black Bird (03:54)
    B2. Honey Put Your Trust In Me (03:48)
    B3. Let Me Taste Your Love (03:42)
    B4. We'll Try Again (05:24)
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    SNOOPY DEAN

    Wiggle That Thing

    [engl] The late Nathaniel ?Snoopy? Dean is one of those many underrated southern soul and blues men who never reached great fame outside their home ground. His legacy is deeply treasured though by hardcore black music followers. In the late sixties he instigated the now very sought after group Third Guitar who recorded some great sides for the Rojac label out of NYC. He subsequently became a member of the Deep City Band and started recording under his own name. In the early to mid seventies Dean made five singles and an album Wiggle That Thing on Henry Stone's Blue Candle imprint which is being reissued here. The album - originally released in 1977 - contains a rare combination of deep, southern soul, funk and blues in such a way that the LP really does not fall straight in neither category. In the 80?s Snoopy Dean became a much in demand session musician as a guitarist in Miami and recorded at least two more albums that belong more in the blues and indie soul field. Unfortunately Snoopy Dean died in 1998 due to complications arising from diabetes. Still, it is this great LP Wiggle That Thing he will be always and best remembered for.
    Format
    CD
    Release-Datum
    15.03.2018
    EAN
    EAN 0710473184700
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    15.03.2018
    EAN
    EAN 0710473183680
     
  • 01. Discolypso
    02. Hold On
    03. Good Morning
    04. Don't Stop That Music
    05. You Are The One
    06. Give It To Me
    07. Life
    08. Where Were You
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    SONY ENANG

    Don't Stop That Music

    [engl] In the early 1980s, Nigerian was booming and recording studios used the oil money sloshing around to fit their studios with the latest state-of-the-art recording equipment. With the equipment came a new, slicker sound and a new breed of producers like Lemmy Jackson, Jake Sollo, Tony Okoroji and Nkono Teles who became bigger stars than the musicians they recorded. Such was the fate of Sony Enang with Don't Stop That Music. Sony was no ordinary musician. As keyboard player and vocalist with The Founders, he'd recorded some of the most seminal albums to come out of Eastern Nigeria. But his album is best known for being produced by Jake Sollo, and featuring the song, 'Discolypso,' that came to represent Sollo's very particular sound. Not that Sony Enang should be too concerned. 'Don't Stop That Music' is at turns cosmopolitan, sexy, hip, romantic, glamorous and witty. It's got sophisticated dance floor fillers ('Don't Stop That Music' and 'Where Were You?') chirpy, good-time boogie ('Hold On' and 'You Are The One') and a bit of calypso-reggae sunshine to boot ('Life'). In short, it's the sound of a confident and prosperous Nigeria. A sound as sophisticated as anywhere else in the world, but with a unique energy all of its own. - Peter Moore
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    11.05.2017
    EAN
    EAN 0710473190862
    Format
    CD
    Release-Datum
    11.05.2017
    EAN
    EAN 0710473190879
     
  • 01. Peba
    02. Rew Be Me
    03. Femme Africaine
    04. Montealla
    05. La Musique
    06. Idesouse
    07. Iseo
    08. Timtitu

    Star Feminine Band

    Femme Africaine

    Aus einer abgelegenen Region im Nordwesten von Benin kommt die siebenköpfige Star Feminine Band, eine Gruppe junger Mädchen im Alter zwischen neun und fünfzehn Jahren, die frech, unbeschwert und voller Energie Genres wie Garage-Rock, Pop und traditionelle Songs ihrer Heimat durcheinanderwirbeln. Geboren wurde die Band 2016 als Idee des professionellen Musikers André Baleguemon. Er wollte eine ausschließlich weiblich besetzte Band zusammenstellen, die sich den aktuellen Themen der Zeit annahm. Im Zentrum sollten Gitarre, Schlagzeug und Keyboards stehen, weil er diese Instrumente seit seiner Kindheit im ländlichen Tchaourou als Zeichen von Moderne bewundert hatte. Der Grund für seine Initiative: „Im Norden haben Mädchen keine Möglichkeiten weiterzukommen und Frauen werden an den Rand gedrängt. Ich wollte einfach zeigen, wie wichtig Frauen in der Gesellschaft Nord-Benins sind, indem ich ein weibliches Orchester gründe.“ Gesagt, getan: Unterstützt von der 35.000 Einwohner zählenden Stadt Natitingou, die fünfzehn Stunden Fahrt vom Regierungssitz Cotonou entfernt liegt, veröffentlichte André eine Pressemitteilung beim Radiosender Nanto FM, in der er kostenfreie Musikstunden für Mädchen anbot. Dem Aufruf folgten Dutzende junger Musikerinnen. „Die Mädchen wussten nichts über Musik – wir entschieden uns für sieben Mädchen aus den umliegenden Dörfern mit Waama und Nabo-Hintergrund. Einige von ihnen hatten Instrumente wie Keyboards noch nie gesehen.“ André kaufte zwei Schlagzeuge, zwei Gitarren, Keyboards und Percussion und die ersten Proben mit den hochmotivierten neuen Rekrutinnen begannen. Die Band machte in den intensiven Workshops und Proben erstaunlich schnell große Fortschritte und es kristallisierte sich folgendes Line-Up heraus: Angelique und Urrice an Schlagzeug und Gesang, unterstützt von der dritten Schlagzeugerin Marguerite, Sandrine an Keyboards, wie auch Grace, die außerdem singt. Julienne ist am Bass und Anne an der Gitarre zu hören. Die Band hat mittlerweile Dutzende Konzerte in der Region gespielt, ihr Repertoire immer weiter ausgebaut und viele Fans vor Ort gewonnen, darunter viele Frauen, Eltern mit ihren Kindern und Ältere, für die es ansonsten auf dem Land nur wenig kulturelle Ablenkung gibt. Neben den musikalischen Fortschritten legt André Baleguemon einen weiteren Schwerpunkt seiner Arbeit darauf, die Familien von der Wichtigkeit des Projekts auch in menschlicher Hinsicht zu überzeugen, und zu bewirken, dass die Mädchen weiter in die Schule gehen statt in Gelegenheitsjobs als Straßenverkäuferinnen oder in die Heirat gezwungen zu werden. Es gibt in der Geschichte der populären Musik Afrikas viele große Künstlerinnen, aber nur wenige weibliche Bands, darunter die Amazones de Guinée, die Famille Bassavé und les Colombes de la Révolution in Burkina Faso, die Sœurs Comoë aus der Elfenbeinküste oder die Lijadu Sisters aus Nigeria. In Benin gab und gibt es nichts Vergleichbares in puncto Haltung, Freiheit, Originalität und vor allem Talent. Haupteinflussquelle für die Band ist laut André die große Angélique Kidjo, die selbst aus dem Benin stammt: „Sie ist eine Frau, die man nicht ignorieren kann. Auch auf Miriam Makeba wie auch Sagbohan Danialou und Stanislas Tohon sind wir sehr stolz und Kaba Diya, das große Orchester aus der Gegend hat uns stark inspiriert.“ Das zwischen 1979 und 1983 aktive Orchester Kaba Diya hatte sich nach dem Helden der Region „Kaba“ benannt, der im Ersten Weltkrieg den Militärdienst verweigerte und danach einen bitteren Guerillakrieg gegen die französische Kolonialmacht führte. In vielen ländlichen Regionen des afrikanischen Kontinents und auch in manchen Metropolen hat sich das Leben der Frauen seit den 1960er Jahren, als während der Unabhängigkeitskämpfe ein positiver Wandel zu Modernität, Kultur und Emanzipation angestrebt wurde, kaum verändert. Selbst die aktuelle MeToo-Bewegung hat bislang keinen spürbaren Wandel bewirkt. Die Star Feminine Band thematisiert die Lage der Frauen in ihren Texten, die in verschiedenen Sprachen verfasst sind. André Baleguemon dazu: „wir komponieren Songs in Französisch, Waama und Ditamari, zwei unbekannte ethnische Gruppen aus dem Norden. Wir singen in unserem neuen Repertoire auch Songs in Bariba und Fon, der Hauptsprache in Benin, um von möglichst vielen Menschen verstanden zu werden.“ André komponiert die Songs, aber alle sieben Bandmitglieder bringen ihre eigenen Ideen mit ein, wie er sagt: „Sie sprechen über die weibliche Genitalverstümmelung, Missbrauch und Gewalt gegen Frauen. Wir wollen diese Themen in die politische Debatte in Benin und wenn möglich, auch anderswo in Afrika einschließen.“ Der Song „Peba“ ist in der Sprache Waama geschrieben und handelt von Mädchen, die zur Schule gehen, um sie selbst sein zu können; in „Femme Africaine“ geht es auf Französisch gesungen um Selbstbestimmung und Freiheit. „Timtilu“ in der Ditamari-Sprache animiert dazu, die eigene Kultur zu ehren und nicht aufzugeben; „Rew Be Me“ in der Peul-Sprache, ist eine Ode an die Frau, ein Song über die Emanzipation und eine Bestärkung, den eigenen Weg zu gehen. Das in Bariba gesungene Stück „Iseo“ will die Menschen aus unterschiedlichen Regionen und Kulturen vereinen, um sie voranzubringen und „Idesouse“ spornt Mädchen dazu an, ihre Schulzeit nicht zu früh zu beenden. Ende 2018 brachte ein Treffen mit dem jungen französischen Toningenieur Jérémie Verdier das Projekt in Bewegung. Er holte seine spanischen Freunde Juan Toran und Juan Serra mit ihrem Aufnahmegerät an Bord, um die ersten Songs im Anbau eines Museums in Natitingou einzuspielen. Rein zufällig hörte Jean-Baptiste Guillot vom Label Born Bad Records die Aufnahmen und beschloss, die Band Ende 2019 in ihrer Heimat zu treffen. Daraus entwickelte sich die jetzt anstehende Albumveröffentlichung. Mit einer gehörigen Portion Selbstvertrauen, viel Charisma und nicht zuletzt einem tiefen Glauben hat sich die Star Feminine Band zum Stolz der Atakora-Region entwickelt. Die Bandmitglieder verkörpern die Zukunft. Sie schauen sich nach Ausbildungsberufen um und bereiten damit den Boden für die nächste Generation der Mädchen aus der Provinz. Gerry Goffins berühmte Aussage „In the Sixties, God was a young black girl who could sing” nimmt sechzig Jahre später in einer vergessenen Provinz des afrikanischen Kontinents neue Bedeutung an.
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    13.11.2020
    EAN
    EAN 3521381 561852
    Format
    CD
    Release-Datum
    13.11.2020
    EAN
    EAN 3521383 461846
     
  • 01. Upward Bound
    02. Love Affair
    03. Body Fusion
    04. Starvue
    05. Put The BS Aside
    06. Love Struck
    07. You And Me
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    STARVUE

    Upward Bound

    [engl] „Upward Bound“ is a long lost, incredibly rare and very expensive classic disco era album! It combines soul, funk with and slick pop appeal into a great cocktail of grooves and melodies! This will drive you to the dancefloor and make you sing along at the same time! The lush arrangements, tight grooves and powerful soul vocals with catchy harmonies make this album an instant evergreen. I’m least surprised that the arrangements should pose a challenge to every rhythm section and that the catchy melodies instantly stick to the listener. The flashing horn arrangements are amazing! The funky bass grooves and guitar riffs weave a cocoon of sound around your soul. The sound is certainly clean but also vivid and the music feels grounded despite it’s larger than life expression. The swirling backing vocals in combination with the lead singer are the icing on the cake that already consists of catchy and outstanding songs. This is more funk and soul than simple disco music. There is depth in the arrangements with awesome details as you delve deeper into each single track. You can of course groove along and just enjoy the songs as they are, but be sure to at least be on the lookout for the beautiful ornaments in each song. This music will surely move you, it makes it impossible sit still . In this album you’ll find a wide range of funky music, from Slow groovers to fast paced tunes, you will get them all. Some with a deep atmosphere, some energetic, all of them memorable with arrangements that keep your attention going even with the 50th spin on your turntable. To my opinion this album is an unmissable gem of the disco era at it’s peak! The original album retails at $ 400 going up, rarely a decent copy could surfaces on the market once a year. So here’s a chance for you to grab an affordable copy of this well-deserved and long overdue reissue on vinyl and be enchanted!
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    06.09.2018
    EAN
    EAN 0710473184045
    Format
    CD
    Release-Datum
    06.09.2018
    EAN
    EAN 0710473184342
     
  • 01. Osasuima
    02. No Stopping Me Now
    03. Trouble Woman
    04. Stop This War
    05. Happy Birthday To U
    06. Ololufe / Stay The Night
    07. Don't Say What You Can't Do
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    STEVE BLACK

    Happy Birthday To 'U'

    [engl] How do you follow up a stone-cold Afro Funk classic like Village Boogie? Simple. Gather together some of the hottest players in Nigeria, take them down to the Phonodisk studios in Ijebu Igbo and let them loose on a bunch dancefloor fillers you spent the last four years ‘road testing’ in Kaduna. And don’t forget to get Lady Franka and Mariam Pledge in on backing vocals. Those girls know how to fire up a party. It helps, of course, if you’re Steve ‘Dudu’ Black. Steve had a God-given knack for writing combustible dance tunes and the contacts in the industry to get the likes of Willy Nfor, Willy Roy and Felix Lebarty to make them explode. From the opening track, ‘Osasuima’, the heat never stops. On ‘No Stopping Me Now’ and ‘Ololufe/ Stay The Night’, it’s almost too hot to handle. Polished in a studio in London while Musical Youth recorded Pass The Dutchie in the next room, Happy Birthday To U is the gift that keeps on giving – an irresistible blend of Highlife, Afro Beat and Afro Funk that is guaranteed to start a party on any dance floor.
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    02.03.2017
    EAN
    EAN 0710473190800
    Format
    CD
    Release-Datum
    02.03.2017
    EAN
    EAN 0710473190817
     
  • 01. Igholoye
    02. Precious Time
    03. Step Out When You're Down
    04. Brand New Wayo
    05. Village Boogie
    06. When You Know What's Wrong
    07. Fune In The Street
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    STEVE BLACK

    Village Boogie

    [engl] After starting his musical carrer back in 1968, the Nigerian artist, drummer, singer, multi-instrumentalist and producer STEVE BLACK released his fantastic and unique album "Village Boogie!" in 1979. "Village Boogie!" really deserves the status of a legendary rarity and holy grail for fans of afro funk music. The original album is incredibly rare today and fetches prices of 800,00 and more USD! On this unique album Steve Black presents a new version of the smasher „Brand new wayo“, originally played by the band MIXED GRILL, in which Steve Black was also the singer. Along with that hit "Village Boogie!" gives us six other groovers and movers that make your hips shake like you were hit by an earthquake, and in fact this is an earthquake of ever pulsating polyrhythmic drum and percussion patterns, as solid platform for lush horn arrangements and swinging bass lines. A little bit of guitar and other instrumentation adds color to the whole wild steaming funky sound and on top we find the utterly distinctive voice of Mr. Steve Black. "Village Boogie!" omes as strong as the best US funk releases of that days, but in fact has this very special Nigerian power to make anyone move the hips, since this music comes from the very depth of the musicians' souls. The album spreads a joyful and jolly feeling where and whenever you make it rotate on your turntable. It's a brilliant afro funk gem that everybody needs to hear. The concentration of real anthems moves on a highest level.
    Format
    CD
    Release-Datum
    25.07.2016
    EAN
    EAN 0710473190145
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    25.07.2016
    EAN
    EAN 0710473190077
     
  • 01. Pay The Price
    02. Universal Love
    03. Party Night
    04. Starry Eyes
    05. Messing Up A Good Thing
    06. Jammin
    07. Livin For The City
    08. Save The World
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    STEVO

    Musica Negra

    [engl] Musica Negra is a missing link, a real lost gem of the Atlanta Funk Music scene. The album is written and produced by Calvin Arnold with Tommy Stewart, Barney Conway and Herb Lance as engineer. The original LP was pressed in a ridiculously limited edition and the album was meant to be a show case for the Atlanta Studios presenting new artists. The names of some young startups were placed on the cover and they were said to be the musicians, in fact those youngsters had nothing to do with the origin of this amazing album. On this PMG reissue the real artists are named, these are basically Stevo Milner, Curt Mitchell, Tommy Stewart, J.D. Morris and Harry Case, plus a few guest musicians. According to Calvin Arnold, approximately just 50 copies of the original LP were spread in 1978, selling for over 1000 USD today and very rarely appearing on the market. To the inner circle of the Atlanta Sound music factory, Calvin Arnold is a musical legend, a pivotal mastermind and musical wizard whose contributions helped make some of Atlanta Sound's most memorable and infectious grooves. His cunning sense of rhythm, extensive knowledge and experience in music production, arrangement and publishing make Him a household musical force to be reckoned with. Preferring the background grind to the limelight, Calvin Arnold delighted most in the molding of aspiring musicians, honing the new talents, smoothing off their rough edges. His generosity and genius catapulted those who worked with him into inspirational new levels, pushing musical boundaries, daring to experiment and create refreshingly new, yet familiar sounds.
    Format
    CD
    Release-Datum
    25.07.2016
    EAN
    EAN 0710473190299
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    25.07.2016
    EAN
    EAN 0710473190268
     
  • 01. Lover's Song
    02. Love Or Money
    03. Super D. Jay
    04. Sexy Woman
    05. Atlantic Breeze
    06. Be A Lover
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    STORMMERS, THE

    Lovers Song

    [engl] The Stormmers were led by Renny Pearl, former bandleader and bass player with AKTION (The Aktions/Aktion 13), an Afro Funk band from Warri that burned brightly and briefly in the mid 70s. With the help of Jake Sollo, an ex-Funkee and recently reconstituted disco dandy, they created Lovers Song, an album of frantically musical bass lines, skittery high hats and an irresistible urge to get onto the dancefloor. ‘Love and Money’ has the swagger of John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever. ‘Super DJ’ has the sure-footedness of a well-selected playlist. ‘Sexy Woman’, with its refrain of ‘I need you, I want you, you turn me on, you’re beautiful’ is sound of a clubber desperately trying to find someone, anyone, so they don’t have to go home alone. The album was recorded in Nigeria and the UK and released in 1981, a time in Nigeria when oil prices were falling, beats-per-minute were rising and clubbers wanted to party like there was no tomorrow. The urgent, salacious sounds of The Stormmers suited the mood perfectly.
    Format
    CD
    Release-Datum
    25.07.2016
    EAN
    EAN 0710473190404
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    25.07.2016
    EAN
    EAN 0710473190411
     
  • 01. One & Only
    02. Try harder
    03. We found love
    04. Manic depression
    05. Morning laughter
    06. Pretty bird
    07. For free
    08. Good company
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    TEREA

    Terea

    [engl] Anybody remember STREET FEET? These guys used to be an all instrumental 1970s funk act with a cineastic feel, means that their music could easily have been used as library music for TV productions, especially police movies. They had one album in 1977 and then disappeared. At least it seemed so. But they rather teamed up with singer Sharon Robinson, who has been background vocalist with Leonard Cohen and songwriter for people like Diana Ross, Patti Labelle or Michael Bolton later on and was reluctant to use her own name on the album for tax shelter issues with her label. Since her middle name is Terea, as it was said, this became the project name as well. Original copies from the long since vanished BABY GRAND label fetch prices of 1500 $ and more, so here EVERLAND MUSIC, who own the whole catalogue of the BABY GRAND label, kick out the jams with their ultimate reissue of this classic. The music on this outstanding album could easily be regarded as some of the greatest late 70s black music. And what a great variation of sounds do we found here. Smooth funk with a silkier edge and piercing synthesizers, soul pop with lush arrangements, giant harmonies and a cineastic atmosphere or warm and soulful ballads, no matter what, it is in here. Each song has his own spirit and memorable hooks. The performance is tight and despite all perfection quite passionate. The overall musical direction is gentle since this is pop music par excellance. If you dream yourself on through the dense arrangements you will find so many nifty little details that you can only speak out your deepest respect for the participating band and the singer with the enthralling voice. What goes on beyond the surface is so sorcerous. All those ghostly synthesizer lines. The funky and evergrooving pop version of Hendrix‘ „Manic depression“ fits perfectly well with the rest of the tunes. Organ, percussions, bass guitar, electric piano and vocals make it a massive head swirler and dancefloor sweeper. Next big thing on this album a few songs later is the gospel influenced ballad „For free“, which could have been, in a little more reduced version, one of the most haunting pieces on an early THE BAND or Neil Young record. Here we get a song with lush string arrangments and melodies so haunting and so deeply touching that you almost start crying the one or another tear of joy. All in all this music might feel glamourous but it has an earthy approach and this makes it stand the test of time with ease. Black music aficionadoes will find themselves in need of this record.
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    13.01.2020
    EAN
    EAN 0710473185035
    Format
    CD
    Release-Datum
    18.12.2019
    EAN
    EAN 0710473185042
     
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    THE HEATH BROTHERS

    Marching On

    [engl] This obscure and difficult to find LP is the Heath Brothers debut album and is considered to be their best. 'Marchin?on' is unquestionably a masterpiece and is a much sought-after album. With its wealth of riffs, it is much appreciated by samplers and has been sampled by various contemporary artists. It was originally released in 1976 on Strata-East, a label at the time co-owned by Stanley Cowell. The album flows fluidly, meticulously in a warm rich blend with the four part smilin Billy suite being a tour de force on its own. All suites have the same anchor in melody but each branches out to its own distinctive song varying from relaxed to light to dramatic and upbeat. The Heath Brothers was formed in 1975 by brothers Jimmy, Percy, Albert Heath and the much celebrated pianist Stanley Cowell in Philadelphia. The band later on continued with the brothers and alternate new members, with at one point the very talented 'Mtume' who is Jimmy Heath?s son, joining. - Rachel Kinoti,
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    03.07.2017
    EAN
    EAN 0710473183543
     
  • 01. Call a spade a spade
    02. Married life
    03. Forgiveness
    04. No wrong show
    05. Love of parents
    06. People in the world"
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    THONY SHORBY NYENWI

    Sweet Funk Music

    [engl] Who said that all Nigerian afrobeat from the 70s was dark and though provoking with a melancholic edge despite the ongoing powerful grooves and a more or less political message denouncing the the methods of the country’s leaders to increase their own wealth and power while the simple people suffer. Well, this 1978 album by bandleader Thony Shorby Nyenwi proves this idea wrong. What we have here is a sacredly rare gem, fetching 300 € for a copy in playable condition. A crown jewel of Nigerian afrobeat and funk music that is an utter joy listening to. Thony Nyenwi's music is a monument of the genre carved in rock. His vocal melodies are more at the lighter and happier side of life, somehow hypnotizing with reduced note progressions on repetitive rhythm figures that rush through your whole body to make you groove along. A fine funky wah wah guitar sound and a mind blowing keyboard sound including electric piano, farfisa organ and others hook up to add colour to the stoic rhythms. The atmosphere literally cooks. This is certainly more modern with a slightly more polished feel than the political music of Fela Kuti or Segun Bucknor, but still bears an unparalleled intensity that makes this album a dance floor sweeper at each club. Coloured lights are flashing into the white haze from the fogging machines when people in glittering bell bottom trousers and twinkling shirts happily get into the groove. 70s galore. Well, the folks can also shift down a gear and rock out a sweet reggae tune that later on turns into a smooth funk, to add more variety to this black wax jewel. No matter what Thony and his mates do here, they do it with passion and divine talent. The arrangements are a dense network of sounds, beats, melodies, voices and it goes on and on throughout the whole record. You as a fan of 1970s black music, funk, reggae, soul, all mixed up in a typical Nigerian way, will be enchanted and become swallowed by the holy cloud emerging from the speakers. A beautiful discovery after such a long time that will bring more joy to a new generation of black music aficionadoes.
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    18.12.2019
    Format
    CD
    Release-Datum
    18.12.2019
    EAN
    EAN 0710473185073
     
  • 01. Baby You Can Do It
    02. Hot Like Fire
    03. I Feel So Good
    04. Rock You Baby
    05. We Are One
    06. Africa Must Be Free
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    TONY IGIETTEMO

    Hot Like Fire

    [engl] Leaning against a wall, his shirt unbuttoned to his navel and cradling a tumbler of something strong and sophisticated, Tony Igiettemo looks every bit the smooth talking 80s gent. When you put Hot Like Fire on the turntable and drop the needle, however, it is immediately clear that Smooth Tony is also a little bit freaky. Sirens, slap bass, squelchy synths and a titchy high hat that just won't give up, Hot Like Fire is a cosmic call from a dance floor on the far side of the universe. Produced by John Malife – the go-to man in Nigeria when you wanted your funk freaky – it's driven by a heavy low end that compels you to move. 'Baby You Can Do It' is Boney M's 'Daddy Cool' via a sweaty Nigerian dance floor. 'I Feel So Good' has a Kool & The Gang vibe, albeit with a freaky, warbling synth. And 'Hot Like Fire' is a strange reggae/funk fusion, fuelled by the righteous herb. 'We Are One' and 'Africa Must Unite', meanwhile, are post-disco, reggae-tinged calls for African Unity. 'Rock Your Baby' is the album's most relentless dance floor banger and sums up its ethos best. Clap your hands everybody and get down on it. Tony Igiettomo is here to make your body move. - Peter Moore
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    11.05.2017
    EAN
    EAN 0710473190725
    Format
    CD
    Release-Datum
    11.05.2017
    EAN
    EAN 0710473190992
     
  • 01. Overture And Judgement Morning
    02. When I Prayed Last Night
    03. Sometimes
    04. Don’t Cry Little Tree
    05. Is There Any Love?
    06. Lord I Come To Thee
    07. Have You Ever Wondered?
    08. It's A Long Journey
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    TREVOR DANDY

    Don't Cry Little Tree

    [engl] Trevor Dandy created a gentle album full of consoling tunes, that attest his trustful relationship to God. Just as you might know it from Cat Stevens “Morning has broken”, just a bit soulier – although this association might be caused by the insistent use of piano on this record. Once you heared this songs, it will be hard to deny Trevor's Gospel roots, which musically surface steadily and are underlined by the religious lyrics. "Don't Cry Little Tree" was the first production of the famous Canadian producer Paul Zaza, who sais about this ultra-rare pearl of Funky Gospel Music: "This album was done with no budget and very little equipment. Basically, Trevor Dandy was a Gospel singer in a church group. He wanted to record an album to sell at various church gatherings. I was impressed with his lyrics and unique voice so I agreed to produce the record in the basement of my father's house (where I was still living).The album was put together on a “shoe-string” budget and 1,000 copies were pressed on vinyl. Most were never sold and thrown out. I'm happy that now, almost 50 years later, there appears to be an audience for him.
    Format
    CD
    Release-Datum
    25.07.2016
    EAN
    EAN 0710473190282
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    25.07.2016
    EAN
    EAN 0710473190107
     
  • 01. Francas
    02. Invocation
    03. Jubilé
    04. Vaudou
    05. Parlement
    06. Waka
    07. Caraïba (Intro)
    08. Caraïba
    09. Chunga Funk
    10. Bateau La Passé
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    TUMBLACK

    Tumblack

    Ein niemals endender Teppich aus pulsierenden Rhythmen und Percussion, nur hin-und wieder von Ausrufen und Gemurmel unterbrochen, bildet das Fundament auf diesem sehr eigenwilligen und einzigartigen Album. Western-Pop meets afrikanische Stammestänze, Electronics und Discofunk wechseln sich mit Congas, Bongos und einer alles durchdringenden , hitzigen und sexuell aufgeladenen Stimmung ab. Ein Meisterwerk der späten Siebziger, weit weit entfernt vom durchschnittlichen Disco Sound.
    Format
    CD
    Release-Datum
    15.01.2016
    EAN
    EAN 5291103812620
    Format
    LP lim
    Release-Datum
    15.01.2016
    EAN
    EAN 5291103812637
     
  • A1. She's Got It Going
    A2. Can't Let Go
    A3. Procrastinator
    A4. This Time We'll Win
    A5. Get It On
    B1. Love Is Dangerous
    B2. Shake Me
    B3. Party Blues
    B4. We're Gonna Have Fun Tonight
    B5. This Time We'll Win (Instrumental)
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    TUTT BAND

    Tutt Band

    [engl] This is the only album from The Tutt Band known to ever be recorded. The ultra rare and sought after boogie-funk LP on Spoonful Records out of Phoenix, Arizona was released in 1988, but style-wise it sounds much more like being recorded in 1983 or 1984. It contains ten very solid and good tracks - both club tunes and slow jams - that all hit the required spot. There's also some treats for all Roger Troutman and vocoder lovers. Head straight to the ultra dope tracks 'Get It On' and 'She's Got It Going'. In retrospect The Tutt Band has been one of the little known but essential groups whom created the funky and beat heavy new jack swing sound that dominated American r&b from the mid eighties and early nineties.
    Format
    CD
    Release-Datum
    15.03.2018
    EAN
    EAN 0710473184694
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    15.03.2018
    EAN
    EAN 0710473183673
     
  • 01. My Good Friends
    02. Set Me Free
    03. Togetherness
    04. Bring Me Your Love Back
    05. Don't Believe In Love
    06. Sit Down (Watch Me Cry)
    07. Tell Me
    08. See Me Girl
    09. Here We Come Brothers
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    VISITORS, THE

    My Good Friends

    [engl] Set up by producer Ben Okonkwo in 1973, the BEN label, and its offshoot Clover Sounds, broke some of the biggest bands outside of Lagos. The Apostles, Akwassa, The Doves, Mary Afi Usuah and Aktion all got their start in the cramped studio in the commercial heart of Aba. The least known – and arguably one of the best bands on the label – was The Visitors. For a short, sweet time between 1975 and 1978, The Visitors were creating the most righteous sounds in the East. We’re talking deep afro-funk with generous dollops of rock psych fuzz synth madness. My Good Friends, their second album, find them at the height of their powers. The musicianship throughout the album is extraordinary. Check out the synth and guitar wig out on ‘Here We Come Brothers’ and the searing guitar break that scorches the slinky groove of the title track. This album is impossibly hard to find and selling for high prices, one seller justified the high asking price by arguing that “once you let this record in your bones, it's not coming back out.” Thanks to the good guys at PMG, your bones can now get the good stuff for considerably less.
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    01.11.2016
    EAN
    EAN 0710473191296
    Format
    CD
    Release-Datum
    01.11.2016
    EAN
    EAN 0710473191302