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Afro Exotique - Adventures in the Leftfield Africa: Afro Exotique - Adventures In The Leftfield Africa 1972-82 / Various

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Afro Exotique - Adventures in the Leftfield Africa: Afro Exotique - Adventures In The Leftfield Africa 1972-82 / Various

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The influence of traditional and contemporary African music on Funk and Disco from the late 60s to the early 80s has rightly become ever more widely recognised and acknowledged over the last 30 years. Africa Seven as a label has been lucky enough to be able to explore some of the best music that West Africa produced during that period via a whole host of label catalogues but Afro-Exotique Vol 1 seeks to looks beyond Afrobeat Funk and Disco exploring some of the gaps in between and a good few areas well outside of these established genres often involving lesser known name and less familiar formats but with the spirit of Africa ever present. We wish had more info regarding the LP opener Black Reggaes My Girl but other than us discovering it on French - African label Fiestas 1975 Bols Brandy Presents Black Reggae compilation we dont... so just sit back and enjoy the warm lolloping instrumental rocksteady cover of the Temptations classic. South African emigre Apartheid dissident and eventual partner of the Black Panthers Stokely Carmichael Miriam Makeba needs little introduction but the elegant 1974 swing of LEnfant Et La Gazelle has to figure pretty high in any top anti war lounge songs of the 70s involving heartrending animal metaphors list. Benin studio owner Nel Olivers Let My Music Take You 1976 boasts exuberant horns shuffly shaker and a late arriving squelchy Moog. Whilst Cameroonian musician sculptor and writer Frances Bebeys The Coffee Cola Song1982 is based around a traditional pygmy flute and local guitars but with added fizzing drum machine percussion alongside prominent synths all nodding to emergent Western pop of the day. Switching gears a bit Cameroonian Uta Bellas Eben Reggae is more quietly instrumental 70s cocktail reggae: lighter on the bottom end heavier on the Hammond organs easy on the ear. Keeping it breezy the infectious bossa nova groove of Togolese favourite Yta Jourais 1977 Pesse Mi Buntare wanders off on a pleasing jazz sax excursion mid song while Amara Toure and Orchestre Masakos Lamento Cubano combines solid grooves and free form guitar solos with the plaintive lament. Veering off on another late tangent we get the heavy leftfield psyche funk of On My Way from Nigerias shortlived but kinda explosive Aura Aspiritual Emanation outfit 1976 before Chakachas Soledad rounds things off in mellifluous style with its gentle cosmic lounge vibes.

1.1 My Girl Reggae Black Reggae
1.2 Let My Music Take You Nel Oliver
1.3 Pesse Mi Buntare Yta Jourias
1.4 Lenfant Et la Gazelle Myriam Makeba
1.5 Coconut Dan Lacksman
1.6 Eben Reggae Uta Bella
1.7 Lamento Cubano Amara Toure Orchestre Massako
1.8 On My Way Aura -Aspiritual Emanation
1.9 The Coffee Cola Song Francis Bebey
1.10 Soledad Chakachas


H 0.18
W 12.30
L 12.32

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