Such good vibes here!! Loving this!!
Today’s tune is refresh by the classic ‘Gyae Su’ by Ghanaian highlife legend Pat Thomas. Its a beautiful version full of flowing guitars and tropical sun flecked with horn stabs that recall the Afro-funk sounds of his collaborator Ebo Taylor. A perfect record to start the summer off with and now streaming in full thanks to the lovely people of Hype Machine before its release next week. How nice.
Afro-Electronic French Soundsystem and Label collective Mawimbi, DJ and release tunes which blend together afro-centric musical influence with a more modern club sound. Think flavours of ghetto house, modern highlife and shamanic techno.
Tiefaly is a edit of Malian Super Djata Band’s track by the same name by label founder SSCK. It’s a cheerful homage to the important tradition of the Malian orchestra and updated so you’ll get away with playing it at house parties. Win win.
Make sure to check out their free ‘taster’ release MWB 000 before their first official records drops next week.
London based Strut Records are in the midst of releasing some superb compilations of the often overlooked music that came out of Apartheid South Africa. Next Stop Soweto 4: Zulu Rock, Afro-Disco, & Mbaqanga 1975-1985 is the fourth and latest instalment. It will come as no surprise to regular readers that this is my favourite one so far. Disco (afro or otherwise) and Mbanqanga is all music to my ears at the moment and with a compilation like this you know, with a bit of digging, each track will open up a deep vein of music to get into.
Take a listen to the stream of Kabasa’s rock heavy ‘Unga Pfula A Chi Pfalo’ or hit up you’re favourite record shop/spotify app to check out the whole compilation. Saitana’s politically charged stomp ‘1,2,3’ is a particular highlight for me.
Nice afrobeat remix brought to you by Siji and Manoo. Manoo has given Ijo the remix treatment and shuffled pounding rhythms, funky organ and shouting crowds together as a perfect long-playing, feet moving, party track. Turn this up loud until the neighbours are banging the door down.
Some Brixton based Afrobeat for today to get you up, energised and dancing. The whole album is superb and features a few guest spots from Genre Confused favourites and Brownswood signed Owiny Sigome Band. Unfortunately there is not much on Soundcloud but you can catch the full track and album on Spotify.
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Another gem brought to us by crate-digger extraordinaire Mr Bongo. Straight out of Ghana C. K. Mann delivers a big hit of Highlife fused with Latin-jazz elements and some soul for good measure. Although you can’t go wrong with some afrobeat its worth digging into Ghana’s alternative and there is no better place to start than the ‘King of Highlife‘ and his Carousel 7. Can’t fail to put a smile on your face.