Africafunk - The Original Sound Of 1970s Funky Africa
While this collection of ultra-obscure '70s Afro-funk will undoubtedly set anyone with a sampler openly and instantaneously salivating, there's also a wealth of music to delight anyone with the slight
It may be a big name-free zone, with Africa's equivalent to James Brown, Fela Kuti, being the only widely recognisable act included, but 'Africafunk...''s sheer breadth (locations as diverse as Ethiopia, Texas, London and Paris and everything from stonking hard jazz to pure JB funk) steers it well clear of repetition.
Kuti's 'Expensive Shit', a protest song about a police raid on his home in Nigeria, is one obvious highlight. But Oneness Of Juju's almost Soul II Soul-like 'African Rhythms' and Mobasa's 'African Hustle' - sure to pop up in a Tarantino movie before long - are equally as good. Nothing here lets the side down.
In fact, this is one of that increasingly rare breed - an album you can actually enjoy without fingers poised over the fast forward button. A novel idea, but it might just catch on.
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