From Nigeria, there’s the heavy, heavy sound of Afrobeat, delivered here by Seun Kuti, son of the incomparable Fela whose band Egypt 80 are now under the commanding leadership of Kuti Jr. If Afrobeat is a timeless music, so too is the soulful reggae of Toots & The Maytals. We’re delighted that the still-effusive ‘Toots’ Hibbert will be leading his charges through all those hits – Monkey Man, Funky Kingston, Pressure Drop, Do The Reggay… Continue reading WOMAD 2013 announces Seun Kuti and Toots & The Maytals to join the line-up
Ikebe Shakedown is the self-titled album is one to shakedown your boogie on the dancefloor for another impressive debut album on Ubiquity Records.
Good Times is 30! How much fun can you possibly have after 30 years? Well on the evidence of the latest compilation by King of Choppers himself, Norman Jay MBE, the answer is lots – get you’re Good Times today. Continue reading Norman Jay MBE Presents – Good Times 30th Anniversary
Owiny Sigoma Band // Album Teaser by Brownswood
Musicians of a former time may have headed off to the crossroads in the hope of making a deal with the devil to supercharge their musical offerings but these days the crossroads must be mighty empty as everyone is in Africa. Owiny Sigoma is the result of five Londoners meeting Luo musicians in Nairobi and coming out with some heavy beats.
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It might have been the last night of the tour but as the Afrobeat message beats loud again, this was one not to be missed, as Gilles Peterson said earlier this year, “If you ever get the chance to see Seun Kuti live, you’ve got to go!”
Hot on the heals of the Love And Death, Strut have sensibly dug deep into the back catalogue for a fantastic double CD compilation which is a must have ‘Best Of’ his Highlife & Afrobeat Classics 1973-1980
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In short, its a compilation album on Soundway called Palenque Palenque: Champeta, Criolla & Afro Roots in Colombia 1975-91 – I’d say that was enough information to rush out and buy it, but if you need more…
“I was in the booth at the Ministry Of Sound watching ‘Little Louie’ Vega….the MoS Weekly Saturday nigh, it was Louie’s third appearance of the year and each time was better than the last…”