Category Archives: Afrobeat

ERNESTO CHAHOUD PRESENTS TAITU SOUL-FUELLED STOMPERS FROM 1960S-1970S ETHIOPIA.

Ernesto Chahoud Presents Taitu Soul-fuelled Stompers From 1960s-1970s Ethiopia. Label: BBE Africa. It’s often the case that the people who compile and curate compilations have a fascinating story to tell, and especially about how their love of music came about. That is the case with thirty-six year Lebanese DJ and crate digger Ernesto Chahoud who …

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THE BEST COMPILATIONS OF 2017 PART 3.

The Best Compilations Of 2017 Part 3. Innerpeace-Rare and Spiritual Funk and Jazz Gems: The Supreme Sound Of Producer Bob Shad. Label: Wewantsounds. Nowadays, the music Mainstream Records released between 1964 and 1978 is more popular than ever. It seems that with every passing year more people discover the delights of Mainstream Records’ illustrious back-catalogue. …

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THE BEST COMPILATIONS OF 2017 PART 5.

The Best Compilations Of 2017 Part 5 Screamin’ Jay Hawkins-The Planet Sessions.  Label: Ace Records. Inimitable and unique describe the late Screamin’ Jay Hawkins. He was one of the great musical showmen, whose performances were designed to leaving a lasting impression. They always succeeded in doing so. So did his music including the songs on The …

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THE BEST BOX SETS OF 2017.

The Best Box Sets Of 2017. Each and every year, hundreds, if not thousands of box sets are released by independent and major record companies, and usually there’s something for every budget. That is also the case on list of the Best Box Sets of 2017, which features box sets that cost £10 right up …

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THE ORIGINAL SOUND OF BURKINA FASO.

The Original Sound Of Burkina Faso. Label: Mr. Bongo Records. After the success of Mr. Bongo’s The Original Sound Of Mali compilation, the Brighton-based label recently released a new compilation, The Original Sound Of Burkina Faso which was compiled by David ‘Mr Bongo’ Buttle and Florent Mazzoleni. The Original Sound Of Burkina Faso transports the …

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THE ORIGINAL SOUNDS OF MALI.

The Original Sounds Of Mali. Label: Mr. Bongo Although Mali only gained independence from France on the ’22nd’ of September 1960, this relatively new country, already has a rich musical heritage. The golden age of Malian music began after Mali’s first president Modibo Keïta was overthrown in a bloodless coup d’état on the ’19th’ of November 1968, …

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CHOPTEETH AFROFUNK BIG BAND-BONE READER.

Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band-Bone Reader. Ten years after the Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band were founded in Washington DC in 2007, the twelve piece, award-winning, Afrofunk orchestra return with their eagerly anticipated third album Bone Reader. It’s the first album the Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band have released since Chopteeth Live in February 2010. Since then, the …

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FIFTEEN YEARS OF THE SOULJAZZ ORCHESTRA.

Fifteen Years Of  The Souljazz Orchestra. When The Souljazz Orchestra was founded in Ottawa, Canada, in 2002 none of its members had any idea where they would or what they would be doing in fifteen years time. They didn’t even know if The Souljazz Orchestra would still be together? The Souljazz Orchestra could’ve been consigned …

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THE SOULJAZZ ORCHESTRA-UNDER BURNING SKIES.

The Souljazz Orchestra-Under Burning Skies. Label: Strut Records When The Souljazz Orchestra was founded in Ottawa, Canada, in 2002 none of its members had any idea where they would or what they would be doing in fifteen years time. They didn’t even know if The Souljazz Orchestra would still be together? The Souljazz Orchestra could’ve …

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SONIA AIMY-NIGERIAN SPIRIT.

Sonia Aimy-Nigerian Spirit. Label: Self-Released. Forty years ago, the only way most artists could release an album was if they were fortunate enough to be signed to a record label.  As a result, a lot of talented artists and bands slipped under the musical radar, and their music never found the audience it deserved. However, …

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SOUL OF A NATION (AFRO-CENTRIC VISIONS IN THE AGE OF BLACK POWER: UNDERGROUND JAZZ, STREET FUNK AND THE ROOTS OF RAP 1968-1979).

Soul Of A Nation-(Afro-Centric Visions In The Age of Black Power: Underground Jazz, Street Funk and The Roots Of Rap 1968-79). Label: Soul Jazz Records. On the ‘4th’ of August 2017, Soul Jazz Records will released their eagerly awaited new compilation, Soul Of A Nation (Afro-Centric Visions In The Age of Black Power: Underground Jazz, …

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JOHN ARMSTRONG PRESENTS AFROBEAT BRASIL.

John Armstrong Presents Afrobeat Brasil. Label: BBE. Not many independent labels are still going strong after twenty-one years. Especially considering how different the musical landscape is. The music industry has been transformed during the last twenty-one years. As a result, there have been a few casualties along the way, and some familiar faces are no …

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KONDI BAND-SALONE

Kondi Band-Salone. Label: Strut. The story behind the Kondi Band’s latest album Salone is a heartening one, and one that could only have happened in the internet age. Sorie Kondi is a blind street musician from Freetown, Sierra Leone . He plays the thumb piano in the streets of Freetown, and often locals and tourists …

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MULATU ASTATKE-MULATU OF ETHIOPIA.

Mulatu Astatke-Mulatu Of Ethiopia. By 1972, Ethiopian multi-instrumentalist Mulatu Astatke was twenty-nine, and had already spent time studying music in London, Boston and New York. This included spells at two prestigious institutions,  London’s Trinity College of Music,  Boston’s Berklee College of Music. The time he spent there, influenced and shaped Mulatu Astatke as a musician.  …

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NEOTOLIA-NEOTOLIAN SONG.

Neotolia-Neotolian Song. Over the last couple of weeks, many people within the music industry have had only one thing in their mind…Record Store Day. It seems to take on greater importance with each passing year. 2017 was no exception, with the majors especially, releasing a myriad of releases. They varied in quality from the good, …

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GABRIELE POSO PRESENTS THE LANGUAGE OF TAMBORES (A SPIRITUAL JOURNEY THROUGH THE CULTURAL HERITAGE OF DRUMS).

Gabriele Poso Presents The Languages Of Tambores (A Spiritual Journey Through The Cultural Heritage Of Drums). Many children are bitten by the music bug early on in life. This is often the start of a lifelong love affair with music. Soon, they’re spending all their free time listening to music. Then when they receive their …

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JANKA NABAY AND THE BUBU GANG-BUILD MUSIC.

Janka Nabay and The Bubu Gang-Build Music. After ten years, nine months and three weeks, the Sierra Leone Civil War ended on ‘18th’ January 2002. This should’ve been a new start for the people of Sierra Leone. However, a year later, and Sierra Leone was still a dangerous country. On ’13th’ of January 2003, a …

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THE BEST COMPILATIONS OF 2016-PART 3.

The Best Compilations Of 2016-Part 3. Kev Beadle Presents The Best Of Inner City Records. In 1976, music industry veterans Irv Kratka and Eric Kriss founded Inner City Records. What they didn’t know about the music industry, wasn’t worth knowing. This looked like a musical marriage made in heaven. By 1979, Inner City Records was …

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THE BEST COMPILATIONS OF 2016-PART 4.

The Best Compilations Of 2016-Part 4. Pink Floyd-Cre/ation: The Early Years 1967–1972. One box set that divided opinion during 2016, was Pink Floyd’s The Early Years 1965–1972. It featured eleven CDs, DVDs, blu-ray discs, vinyl, and memorabilia. There was everything from unreleased material to live recordings and non-album singles. The Early Years 1965–1972 was marketed …

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THE BEST REISSUES OF 2016-PART 6.

THE BEST REISSUES OF 2016-PART 6.  Melissa Manchester-Home To Myself, Bright Eyes, Melissa and Help Is On The Way. It was almost inevitable that Melissa Manchester would end up embarking upon a musical career. The Manchester family were a highly creative family, with music playing an important part in everyday life. So it was no …

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