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Various Artists - Afro Exotique - Adventures In The Leftfield, Africa 1972-82 - LP Vinyl

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V/A
Album:
Afro Exotique - Adventures In The Leftfield, Africa 1972-82
Batch:
12/13/2019
Format:
12" Vinyl

Product Description

The influence of both traditional and contemporary African music on Funk and Disco, from the late 60's to the early 80's, has rightly become ever more widely recognised over the last 30 plus years.

Africa Seven has been lucky enough to source some of the better music that West Africa produced during that halcyon period via a spread of seminal label catalogues. But Afro-Exotique (Vol 1) looks beyond Funk and Disco and their Afrobeat / Highlife progenitors, exploring spaces in between and outside these established genres.

The all too slow escape from the colonial yoke and it's ruinous legacy meant that there was no Western style economic boom time across Africa in the 1950/60’s. But flashes of the sort of playful experimentation and the occasional drift into cocktail lounge eclecticism, fuelled by the relative comforts of post war stability in the West, still pop up in late 70’s/80’s African music if you know where to look, often involving lesser known names and less familiar formats, and with the spirit of Africa ever present.

We wish had more info regarding the LP opener 'Black Reggae's "My Girl", but other than us discovering it on French - African label Fiesta's 1975 "Bols Brandy Presents Black Reggae" compilation, we don't.... so just sit back and enjoy the warm, lolloping, instrumental rocksteady cover of the Temptations' classic.

South African emigre, Apartheid dissident, and eventual partner of the Black Panthers' Stokely Carmichael, Miriam Makeba, needs little introduction, but the elegant 1974 swing of "L'Enfant Et La Gazelle" has to figure pretty high in any "top anti war lounge songs of the 70's involving heartrending animal metaphors" list.

Cameroonian musician, sculptor, and writer Frances Bebey's "The Coffee Cola Song"(1982) is based around a traditional pygmy flute and local guitars, but with added fizzing drum machine percussion alongside prominent synths, all nodding to emergent Western pop of the day. Benin studio owner Nel Oliver's "Let My Music Take You" (1976 ) boasts exuberant horns, shuffly shaker and a late arriving squelchy Moog.

Switching gears a bit, Cameroonian Uta Bella's "Eben Reggae" is more quietly instrumental 70's cocktail reggae: lighter on the bottom end, heavier on the Hammond organs, easy on the ear.

Keeping it breezy, the infectious Bossa Nova groove of Togolese favourite Yta Jourais' 1977 "Pesse Mi Buntare" wanders off on a pleasing jazz sax excursion mid song, while Amara Toure' and Orchestre Masako's "Lamento Cubano" combines solid grooves and free form guitar solos with the plaintive lament.

Veering off on another late tangent, we get the heavy, leftfield, psyche funk of "On My Way" from Nigeria's shortlived but explosive Aura (Aspiritual Emanation) outfit (1976), before Chakachas "Soledad" rounds things off in mellifluous style with it's gentle cosmic lounge vibes.
1. Black Reggae - My Girl Reggae 03:04
2. Nel Oliver - Let My Music Take You 05:11
3. Yta Jourias - Pesse Mi Buntare 04:05
4. Myriam Makeba - L'Enfant Et La Gazelle 03:46
5. Dan Lacksman - Coconut 02:08
6. Uta Bella - Eben Reggae 03:16
7. Amara Touré and Orchestre Massako - Lamento Cubano 05:45
8. Aura (Aspiritual Emanation) - On My Way 03:20
9. Francis Bebey - The Coffee Cola Song 05:06
10. Chakachas - Soledad 03:56

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