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
Another Fela Kuti compilation, no, wait, this is worth a look. Coming in a 2 CD version and Deluxe version with DVD, this compilation pulls in what, in my opinion, are the very best tunes of his output. And teams it up with a rare live performance (his 1984 Glastonbury set).
Continue reading Fela Kuti – Best of the Black President 2
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!”
Continue reading African Soul Rebels 2011 – Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 / Donso
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
Continue reading Ebo Taylor – Life Stories: Highlife & Afrobeat Classics 1973-1980
After Gilles Peterson’s Interview with Seun Kuti on his Worldwide Show this morning, you’d be right to be excited by the fact that his new album is coming out next week as it’s time to rise up!
Continue reading Seun Anikulapo Kuti & Egypt 80 – From Africa With Fury: Rise
The album of the week without a doubt is Ebo Taylor’s Love And Death which isn’t bad for the guitarist, composer, arranger and producer from born in 1936 – be prepared to see it in all good ‘Best of 2010′ lists very soon!
Continue reading Ebo Taylor – Love And Death
After more twists and turns in his recent record label adventures than the sale of Liverpool FC, it’s great to get a new album from Femi Kuti
Continue reading Femi Kuti – Africa for Africa
Still coming to grips with Michael Leonhart & The Avramina 7 debut album Seahorse And The Storyteller? Now the summer of love 2010 is here, time to give it another go – Peace.
Continue reading Michael Leonhart & The Avramina 7 – Seahorse And The Storyteller
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…
Continue reading V/A – Palenque Palenque: Champeta, Criolla & Afro Roots in Colombia 1975-91
Does Peterson ever stop? Clearly not as he’s recently returned from Cuba recording a new album with Danay plus this new release on his own Brownswood Recordings label with a launch party in London and Roberto Fonseca live with the New Cuba Sound at the Barbican on the 6th July – phew!
Continue reading Gilles Peterson Presents Havana Cultura: Remixed
While the north -east of England may not be known as a hot-bed of funk, Groovenik’s self-proclaimed “Northern Funk” sound of debut album Choose Your Frame goes some way to establishing the region’s funk, jazz and soul credentials
Continue reading Groovenik – Choose Your Frame
The acclaimed father of Ethio-jazz who has fans as varied as Damian Alban, K’Naan, Nas and Damian Marley releases his first solo album in over 20 years and it’s a belter.
Continue reading Mulatu Astatke – Mulatu Steps Ahead
Its back! The Modern Highlife, Afro Sounds and Nigerian Blues of 1970-6 that is Nigeria Special; if you really love me, take me to your house and do me how you like (as Fubura Sekibo might say).
Continue reading V/A – Nigeria Special: Volume 2 – The Modern Highlife, Afro Sounds and Nigerian Blues of 1970-6
Coming outta Ottawa, Canada, this group is the modern embodiment of soul-jazz Afro funk and I’m a little guilty that we haven’t given them as much credit as they deserve in the past; lets put that to rights with their new album Rising Sun!
Continue reading The Souljazz Orchestra – Rising Sun
If your in any doubt, the way to start 2010 is the Bibi Tanga & The Selenites’ Dunya way; what a brilliant start to the new year!
Continue reading Bibi Tanga & The Selenites – Dunya