Luckily for digital and dusty vinyl crate diggers, the actual rock based (or rock-like) music that is/was made in Africa has become a bit of a cause célèbre on the re-issue circuit. Psych, groove, funk, and many other styles are appearing now on a regular basis. Blogs direct from Africa like Oro or Brooklyn’s always awesome, Awesome Tapes From Africa are just a few of the spots that continue to explore the staggering amount of music that was and is made in Africa. I mean we’re talking about 20 or 30 different countries, all with a fully functioning record biz, major and indie. In case you haven’t noticed, music has a little bit more cultural importance to folks in Africa. Oh sure, there are impressarios looking to make a buck, but that can’t compare to 50,000 years of musical traditions….At any (rant) rate,the reissue explosion keeps groove hunters busy.
The 2002 comp just above is a definite winner for beat junkies,as it was one of the first all-African artist Afro- Rock comps aimed at English speakers. Those listeners may have had their appetite whetted for motherland funk by the 1999 offering below…which has a few African artists, but also includes the bands that make up the foundation of what I call Afro-Rock. Bands like the Lafayette Afro Rock Band and Oneness of Juju were a part of a brief outfreakage in the music biz, where large, mostly black (but not from Africa) ensembles were making music that was more Afro-centric than straight up African. The deep roots of the music might have been African, but this music was all about fusion.
Wil-Dog Abers of Ozomatli: “I first heard Cymande in 1992. Cut Chemist made me a mix tape…When I first heard Dove, I went nuts. I never heard anything like it before. Cymande mixed so many styles and sounds. They laid the path for bands like Ozomatli..”
Cymande-Second Time Around (1973)
After their 70’s chart run these records lived on in clubs..especially Bra which is an often compiled club classic. All that percussion sounds mighty good on a big room sound system.Check the bonus beats for the classic Danny Krivit edit of Bra)
The hip hop generation has borrowed heavily from these records, with De la Soul, The Fugees, and many more finding great use for the luminous grooves contained herein.
Brothers On The Slide
* Ray King – Vocals/Percussion
* Steve Scipio – Bass
* Derek Gibbs – Soprano/Alto
* Pablo Gonsales – Congas
* Joey Dee – Vocals/Percussion
* Peter Serreo – Tenor
* Sam Kelly – Drums
* Mike Rose – Alto/Flute/Bongos
* Patrick Patterson – Guitar
* Jimmy Lindsey – Vocals/ Percussion (Promised Heights LP)