Africa We Want To Go

Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Africa we want to go
Africa we want to know
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Africa we want to know

The land that we want to know
Where green grass and plenty fruits grow
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
The land that we want to know

Lyrics from The Gaylads – Africa (We Want To Go); Studio One, 1967

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African Scream Contest: Raw & Psychedelic Afro Sounds From Benin & Togo 70s

One of the coolest African collections that has been issued in years. A beautiful assortment of untapped grooves from the 70s. The grooves here are different from other Afro-Funk collections of the time; definitely more in the raw and psychedelic territory, promised by the title, and filled with hard-edged vocals that surely know how to scream! There’s still plenty of funk in the rhythms, but the execution is often quite unusual. The tracks are less directly influenced by American soul and very much off in their own direction which really makes this set stand out even more. I scream, you scream, we all scream for filthy African riddims.

African Scream Contest; Analog Africa, 2008 Pt. 1, Pt 2

ASC!

Nigeria Disco Funk Special: The Sound Of The Underground Lagos Dancefloor 1974-79

Massive funk from the Nigerian scene of the 70s and miles away from U.S. disco of the time. These cuts represent a tighter, more uptempo side of African funk, but they’re never as polished or professional as American club or disco. You won’t be finding any soaring strings, high-pitched chorus vocals or other sweetening touches that played big at Studio 54. Instead, these grooves are all still gritty; the kind of upbeat jamming funk performed in Lagos clubs and bars at the time and kind of a distillation of the longer grooves of Fela, pushed a bit towards an American funk sound too. Drums and guitars dominate most of the tracks which makes for a well-played, edgy sound throughout, and although there’s a fair bit of vocals on the set, the instrumental jamming is the main focus of most of these tunes.

Nigeria Disco Funk Special; Soundway Records, 2008

NDFS!

Nigeria Special: Modern Highlife, Afro Sounds, & Nigerian Blues 1970-76

Essential work from the African scene of the 70s. This set digs deep into a wealth of under-heard music from early 70s Nigeria, all of it beyond simple stylistic definitions and overplayed world music clichés. Many of the grooves here are wonderfully unique with odd fusions of styles that include highlife, jazz, soul, Afrobeat, and other regional influences that are sifted and shaken together, and spilled out in the studio with a really fresh sort of feel. Rhythms are at the core of most numbers here, but even those are often unfamiliar, skittish, soulful, and often somewhat playful, and the other instrumentation on the tracks is great too, and often resonates with some of the odd sounds and tunings found in the well-respected Ethiopiques series.

Nigerian Special; Soundway Records, 2008 Pt.1, Pt.2

NS!

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