2014 reissue, orginally on Stones Throw in 2005. These ten astonishing tracks are drawn from a broad spectrum of early 70s West African psychedelic classics. Yet the fact that they scarcely registered on the Richter scale of contemporary underground music must surely be one of the greatest ironies of modern popular music, given that western counterculture drew so heavily on the musical, aesthetic and visual traditions of Africa.
Musically, the transatlantic links are strong and obvious; from the urban black American soul and funk of James Brown, through the West Coast sounds of Hendrix, to the deeper grooves of Cuban rumba and Latin percussion. During these years a nod in the direction of Detroit, Los Angeles or Havana was still more important than learning the latest lines from Lagos, Kinshasa or Accra.
A1 - Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou Dahomey* Minsato Le, Mi Dayihome 3:16
A2 - Super Eagles Love's A Real Thing 2:57
A3 - Moussa Doumbia Keleya 6:41
B4 - Sorry Bamba Porry 8:16
B5 - No.1 De No.1* Guajira Van 5:11
C6 - William Onyeabor Better Change Your Mind 8:21
C7 - Ofo & The Black Company Allah Wakbarr 3:29
D8 - Bunzu Sounds* Zinabu 3:19
D9 - Tunji Oyelana & The Benders Ifa 4:59
D10 - Orchestre Regional De Kayes* Sanjina 6:00