Back in stock! Ghanaian Afro-Rock From Producer/Composer JJ Whitefield,
Inspired By His Karl Hector & The Malcouns And Whitefield Brothers
Projects JJ Whitefield, who in the early ‘90s revived the gritty,
analogue Funk sounds of the ‘60s and ‘70s with his Poets Of Rhythm, has
been working with Now-Again Records for over decade, releasing a flock
of acclaimed projects with Karl Hector & The Malcouns, Whitefield
Brothers, Rodinia and the Original Raw Soul anthology. He first started
exploring African rhythms with the Whitefield Brothers in the late ‘90s,
continuing in the ‘00s with Karl Hector & The Malcouns. He’s been
instrumental in launching Ghanaian Afro Beat/Funk legend Ebo Taylor´s
international career, decades after the maestro recorded the landmark
albums that have inspired thousands. Whitefield recorded two new studio
albums with Taylor and toured in his band between 2009 and 2013, where
he met Taylor’s son Henry and percussionist/Singer Eric Owusu. The trio
now front the Johnny! band and find inspiration not only in Ghana’s
hypnotic grooves, but also the full frontal fuzz guitar assault heard on
the legion of 70s Zambian Zamrock albums reissued by Now-Again. Indeed,
Whitefield credits his tours with Zamrock godfathers Rikki Ililonga and
WITCH’s Jagari Chanda as instrumental in creating the Johnny’s sonic
backdrop. The band is rounded out by Turkish drummer Bernd Oezsevim
(Woima Collective, Rodinia) and Indonesian bassist/multi instrumentalist
Tomi Simatupang (Whitefield Brothers). This is what was oft-called
“Afro Rock” at the core, with the possibilities to stretch out into
swinging highlife, sweet soul or psychedelia . The results, point at a
new direction for the music inspired by the Great Continent. One that
takes a direction once mocked as derivative and asserts its importance
on the globe’s current musical stage.
'Kel Tinariwen' ist eine aufschlussreiche Entdeckung aus den
Tinariwen-Archiven, eine MC mit frühen Aufnahmen der legendären
Tuareq-Band, die 1992 nur innerhalb ihrer Sahara-Stammesgebiete erschien
und jetzt erstmals die offizielle Veröffentlichung erlebt. 'Kel
Tinariwen' hat noch nicht den vollen Bandsound entwickelt, mit dem sich
Tinariwen international etablierten, und erweitert die reiche Geschichte
der Band um eine weitere Epoche. Ihr Markenzeichen sind die
hypnotischen Gitarrenlinien und der Call-and-Response-Gesang, die sich
zwischen rauen Drum-Machine-Rhythmen und Keyboard-Melodien verweben und
fast an eine arabische Version von 80er Synth-Pop erinnern. Es gibt
deutliche Parallelen zwischen den Klängen auf diesem Band und der
Arbeit, die in den letzten Jahren von Cratedigger-Labels wie Awesome
Tapes From Africa, Sahel Sounds und Sublime Frequencies entdeckt wurde.
Cuba: Music and Revolution: Culture Clash in Havana: Experiments in
Latin Music 1975-85 Vol. 1 is a new album compiled by Gilles Peterson
and Stuart Baker (Soul Jazz Records) that explores the many new styles
that emerged in Cuba in the 1970s as Jazz, Funk, Brazilian Tropicalia
and even Disco mixed together with Latin and Salsa on the island as
Cuban artists experimented with new musical forms created in the unique
socialist state. The music on this album features legendary Cuban groups
such as Irakere, Los Van Van and Pablo Milanés as well as a host of
lesser known artists such as the radical Grupo De Experimentación, Juan
Pablo Torres and Algo Nuevo, Grupo Monumental and Orquesta Ritmo
Oriental, groups whose names remain largely unknown outside of Cuba
owing to the now 60-year old US trade embargo which remains in place
today and which prevents trade with Cuba - and thus most Cuban records
were only ever available in Cuba or in ex-Soviet Union states. The music
on this album reflects the most cutting-edge of Cuban groups that were
recording in Cuba in the 1970s and 1980s - who were all searching for a
new Cuban identity and new musical forms that reflected both the
Afro-Cuban cultural heritage of a nation that gave birth to Latin music -
and its new position as a socialist state. Most of the music featured
on this album has never been heard outside of Cuba. Cuba: Music and
Revolution is the third book that Gilles Peterson and Stuart Baker have
collaborated on together and follows on from their two earlier
critically acclaimed books, Freedom, Rhythm and Sound (Revolutionary
Jazz Music in the 1960s and 1970s) and Bossa Nova and the Rise of
Brazilian Music in the 1960s, both of which also had related album
releases on Soul Jazz Records. [info sheet from distr.]
Cuba: Music and Revolution: Culture Clash in Havana: Experiments in
Latin Music 1975-85 Vol. 2 is the new album compiled by Gilles Peterson
and Stuart Baker (Soul Jazz Records) that takes off in exactly the same
vein as the much-acclaimed Vol. 1 - exploring the many styles that came
out of Cuba in the 1970s as Latin and Salsa mixed with heavy doses of
Jazz, Funk, and Disco to create some of the most dancefloor-friendly
music ever made!Much of the music on this album is featured in the
deluxe large format book 'Cuba: Music and Revolution: Original Cover Art
of Cuban Music: Record Sleeve Designs of Revolutionary Cuba 1959-90',
released by Soul Jazz Books and also compiled by Gilles Peterson and
Stuart Baker (Soul Jazz Records), featuring the music and record designs
of Cuba, made in the 30-year period following the Cuban Revolution.
-Gatefold Contains Biography, Interviews & Pictures-Download Code For High Quality WAVE/MP3
Die Geschichte von The Movers begann 1967, als zwei unbekannte Musiker -
die Brüder Norman und Oupa Hlongwane - bei Kenneth Siphayi, einem
eleganten und wohlhabenden Geschäftsmann aus dem Township Alexandra,
anfragten, ob er ihnen Musikinstrumente kaufen könne. Im Gegenzug würde
er einen Anteil an zukünftigen Auftritten und Plattenverträgen erhalten.
Kenneth tat aber noch viel mehr: Er wurde ihr Manager, richtete ihnen
einen Proberaum ein und brachte sie mit einem Organisten zusammen, der
sich als das fehlende Glied im Klanggerüst der Band erweisen sollte. Er
gab ihnen auch ihren Namen: The Movers ... weil, wie er sagte, ihre
Musik dich bewegen würde, ob du sie magst oder nicht.
It was in Benin City, in the heart of Nigeria, that a new hybrid of intoxicating highlife music known as Edo Funk was born. It first emerged in the late 1970s when a group of musicians began to experiment with different ways of integrating elements from their native Edo culture and fusing them with new sound effects coming from West Africa´s night-clubs. Unlike the rather polished 1980´s Nigerian disco productions coming out of the international metropolis of Lagos Edo Funk was raw and reduced to its bare minimum.
Someone was needed to channel this energy into a distinctive sound and Sir Victor Uwaifo appeared like a mad professor with his Joromi studio. Uwaifo took the skeletal structure of Edo music and relentless began fusing them with synthesizers, electric guitars and 80´s effect racks which resulted in some of the most outstanding Edo recordings ever made. An explosive spiced up brew with an odd psychedelic note known as Edo Funk.
That‘s the sound you‘ll be discovering in the first volume of the Edo Funk Explosion series which focusses on the genre’s greatest originators; Osayomore Joseph, Akaba Man, and Sir Victor Uwaifo:
Osayomore Joseph was one of the first musicians to bring the sound of the flute into the horn-dominated world of highlife, and his skills as a performer made him a fixture on the Lagos scene. When he returned to settle in Benin City in the mid 1970s – at the invitation of the royal family – he devoted himself to the modernisation and electrification of Edo music, using funk and Afro-beat as the building blocks for songs that weren’t afraid to call out government corruption or confront the dark legacy of Nigeria’s colonial past.
After 7 releases in 6 years, the Tramp Records crew invites you to another illuminating journey into the soulful jazz, folk and funk of the 1970s.
This 8th edition contains eighteen jazz, soul and folk nuggets from the period between the late 1960s and the late 1970s. One of the many highlights is the opening Bobby Cole track, which is most likely one of the finest independently produced vocal jazz recordings ever pressed on wax. So true. Oscar Brown Jr. and Mark Murphy send their regards. But that's just the beginning. Praise Poems Vol.8 covers a wide range of genres, from big band jazz (Helmut Pistor's Big Rock Jazz Band and Germany's Ladykiller) to psych-pop (Portraits in Sound, Harve and Charee and Allison & Shaffer), from folk-rock (Flash, Garndarf and the incredible Fang Buzbee) to AOR (The Menagerie and Penn Central), and rounds out the set with a handful of melancholic folk beauties, most notably Hans Hass Jr's stunning "What Colour is the Wind".
Very few compilation series make it to eight volumes, and those that do often run out of quality music or stray too far from their original artistic direction. This is certainly not the case with the Praise Poems series, as our team of compilers and researchers continue the search for lost and often overlooked music from a bygone era. Many of these records were released in small quantities as private pressings or by small regional labels. Obviously, these labels had neither the budget nor the know-how or the means to promote their releases extensively. As a result, most of these artists failed to reach the wide audience that their music so richly deserved.
Ein Meisterwerk. Unter der musikalischen Leitung des Saxophonisten Issa Cissoko, dessen dezente, jazzige Bläserarrangements sich durch das gesamte Album ziehen, und des Gitarristen Barthélemy Attisso, dessen hypnotische, virtuose Soli hervorstechen, wurde das Album im "Golden Baobab"-Studio in Dakar aufgenommen und dort von dem jungen Ibrahima Sylla produziert.
Die Verwendung des Affenbrotbaums, sowohl im Namen als auch in der Symbolik, unterstreicht das Bewusstsein der Gruppe für die traditionellen senegalesischen Werte, wenn sie mit denen von außen kombiniert werden, in diesem Fall mit der afro-kubanischen Musik, die in den 1960er Jahren so populär war.
Issa Cissoko: band leader and tenor saxophoneBarthélemy Attisso: lead guitarCharles Ndiaye: bass guitarPape Bâ: guitarPeter Udo: clarinetMontaga Koite: percussionThione Seck: vocalsMedoune Diallo: vocalsNdiouga Dieng: vocals and maracasBalla Sidibe: vocals and timbalesRudy Gomis: vocals
Die Box Set 5 wurde von Felas Sohn, Femi Kuti, und Chris Martin (Coldplay) gemeinsam kuratiert. Das Artwork jedes der einzelnen Alben wurde akribisch und bis ins letzte Detail der jeweiligen Original-Vinyl-Pressung nachempfunden.
Das gilt auch für die Vintage Vinyletiketten.
Die Box enthält:- 7 Vinyl-LPs- Ein 20-seitiges, farbiges Booklet mit: Einführungen von Chris Martin und Femi Kuti, einem ausführlichen Kommentar zu jedem der sieben Alben von Musikjournalist und Afrobeat-Historiker Chris May; Songtexten; nie zuvor veröffentlichten Fotos von Fela Kuti; sowie Standbildern aus dem Fela-Dokumentarfilm Music Is The Weapon von 1982.- 16x24" Poster, entworfen vom nigerianischen Künstler Lemi Ghariokwu, der kreativen Kraft hinter 29 von Felas Albumcovern.
Limitiert auf 4000 Exemplare weltweit.
180g vinyl, incl. bonus CD's, Collection of recordings from one of Tanzania’s most revered but short-lived bands of the 1970s, Sunburst. Covering their entire output from 1973 to 1976, this first retrospective features music from their 45 RPM singles on Moto Moto and TFC label, as well as their sole album, "Ave Africa", and an unreleased radio session recorded in Tanzania in 1973.
This release comprises of the double vinyl and a copy of the CD version, which contains extra tracks.
Afro-cuban : that term which set the world on fire, from rumba to boléro, mambo to cha-cha-cha, before salsa, that 70's spicy sauce, took over from the others. But to speak truely, since the mists of times (of slavery), both Africa and Cuba aim to vamp that umbilical cord. The most recent example, CubAfrica, a record born from the reunion of a master from Africa and this very living institution from Cuba, during a show around Albi (in the south of France) where they were both headlining in spring 1996. Manu Dibango's sax melted perfectly with the rural music of Eliadès Ochoa and his Cuarteto Patria, here's the beginning of an idea. Talking about latino music, Manu Dibango has an history with it. First, during the early 60's, from Douala to Abidjan and Paris, he was surrounded by as much cuban tempos as afro, and a lot of descarga, this typical afro-cuban jam sessions with a spicy jazzy touch, which were back in the circumstances back in the days. Later on, in the 70’s, invited in Puerto Rico by the Fania All Stars, this dreamy salsa big band at its highest, Manu dressed his anthemic hit "Soul Makossa", for a show (and then a record) of anthology. There was nothing more natural for him than diving again in the cuban bath. This time, he crossed the sound barrier with this Cuarteto Patria, a standard combo in the cuban music, founded 60 years ago and handled by Eliadès Ochoa, this master of très the ancestral cuban guitar, in 1978. He just achieved another magic meeting, the one of Buena Vista Social Club' record, next to Compay Segundo, Ruben Gonzalez and Ry Cooder. In Paris, back from Albi, an idea started to tickle Manu, Eliadès and... Gilbert Castro, boss of Celluloïd-Mélodie. They high fived each other, been agree on the repertoire and then get to Davout studio the day after. They tweak the arrangements right at the studio with the help of Ernesto "Tito" Puentes and Hughes de Courson, Lambarena' producer. In two days, everything's almost ready. Jerry Malekani, Manu's guitar player will add a few things on it. CubAfrica is a seductive guided tour around the garden of latinos' classics, with that Creole' smell. Latinos but not only cuban, this record is a walk toward mexican Cielito lindo or Cerezo Rosa, this french sweet made by André Claveau and spiced by Perez Prado. A repertoire that even newcommers are able to hum, due to such a patrimonial status, spread by Cubans and their African partner in crime, round-shaping sounds for a spontaneous result: the black continent and the Caribbean island aren't on the edge of losing the bond between them.
Manu Dibango (born 1933) is a saxophonist, vibraphonist and pianist from Cameroon. He developed his own musical style by combining jazz with traditional Cameroonian music and the popular Cameroonian dance music Makossa.He was born in Douala. Like his father, he belongs to the Yabassi ethnic group, while his mother was a Duala. As a student, he discovered jazz for himself in Chartres during the 1950s and learned to play the piano. In Reims, where he was preparing for his baccalauréat, he took up the saxophone and began performing in nightclubs, to the great chagrin of his father, who subsequently cut off his alimony in 1956.Various contracts took him to Brussels, where he met Coco, his wife, to Antwerp and Charleroi. During this time, his jazz style became "Africanized" through contact with the Congolese milieu that emerged in Belgium as a result of immigration from Zaire before and after its independence in 1960. Joseph Kabasélé hired him for his orchestra Le Grand Kallé et l'African Jazz and recorded numerous records with him, which had great success in Africa and took them to Léopoldville, where Manu popularized the twist in 1962. Returning to Cameroon, on the other hand, proved difficult and Manu Dibango went to France again.He had engagements with Dick Rivers and Nino Ferrer, big names of the time, but it was only after 1969 that he was able to continue his African successes with recordings of his own compositions.In 1972 he conquered the charts in the United States with Soul Makossa (actually the B-side of the single Mouvement Ewondo). It was the first number-one hit by an African musician in the U.S., prompting Dibango to embark on his first tour, where he made numerous contacts with black musicians in the country. Inspired by African tribal music and contrasted with European church sounds, animated by jazz and soul from America, he succeeded with the album in the opinion of the London magazine City Limits in creating "smooth, impactful dance club music with catchy saxophone dressing." He fused traditional Cameroonian rhythms, Nigerian highlife pop, Congolese folk, Latin American cha-cha-cha and funk, reggae, hip-hop and bebop jazz sounds.Soul Makossa also brought the Makossa style of music to prominence outside of Cameroon. The song is also considered by some to have paved the way for the emergence of disco music. The refrain, "mama-se, mama-sa, ma-ma-ko-ssa," was used by Michael Jackson in his 1982 song Wanna Be Startin' Somethin', and in 2006 in Rihanna's equally hugely successful song Don't Stop the Music; Manu Dibango has filed copyright lawsuits against both singers. The song was also sampled on Wyclef Jean's 1997 album The Carnival.This launched a career that made him famous worldwide. In particular, the boom of world music in the 1990s boosted his popularity and took him on numerous tours.Manu Dibango has worked with numerous musicians throughout his career, including Fela Kuti, Herbie Hancock, Bill Laswell, Bernie Worrell, Youssou N'Dour and reggae musicians Sly & Robbi
Cuarteto Patría is one of the leading musical groups in Santiago de Cuba. It was founded in 1939 by Francisco Cobas la O (Pancho Cobas), director, with Emilia Gracia, Rigoberto Hechaverría (Maduro) and Rey Caney (Reinaldo Hierrezuelo la O). The original style was traditional trova, with boleros and some música campesina (countryside music). In due course, the members and the music changed. By far the greatest change was the arrival of Eliades Ochoa, who has proved to be an inspired choice.Ochoa was invited by Cobas to become leader in 1978, and, before accepting, he got agreement to introduce new musical works into the repertoire. At that time Cobas continued with the group, and Hilario Cuadras and Amado Machado joined. Ochoa introduced the son as the staple diet of the group, and beefed up the percussion to balance the guajiro content with an African element. Even more important was his personal qualities. He is a truly outstanding acoustic guitarist, with a warm singing style. For all that, it took a long time for music lovers outside Cuba to hear about the group. In the series of albums Ochoa played an increasingly prominent part, and this was reflected in increased sales for the Cuarteto Patría albums, and in many foreign tours for the man and his group.