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
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
Due to innumerable reasons, some great artists and bands fail to achieve the posterity of their peers, and so it was with Benin’s Orchestre Poly Rythmo de Cotonou whose name should be as recognisable to African music fans as Orchestra Baobab and the Bamako Rail Band.
Continue reading Orchestre Poly Rythmo de Cotonou – Echos Hypnotiques
Not that it’s a battle with brother Femi, but both Fela offspring have albums out that moment and Seun is just tipping it as the one to get.
Continue reading Seun Kuti + Fela’s Egypt 80 – Many Things
Now the golden rule is that Fela Ransome Kuti is untouchable as the “first and brightest” African super star, but what was he like before 1970? Lagos Baby is the answer.
Continue reading Fela-Ransome Kuti – Lagos Baby (1963-1969)
Whilst it’s not easy to keep up with the prolific Mr. Allen, there’s a couple of record shops in the heart of Soho that are still displaying this one even though it’s been a couple of years since it came out; and I know why!
Continue reading Tony Allen – Lagos No Shaking
Well I know some two faced so and sos but Lightning Head (aka Glyn “Bigga” Bush) takes the biscuit with 13 magnificent faces on the follow-up to the classic Studio Don.
Continue reading Lightning Head – 13 Faces Of Lightning Head
Shawn Lee’s success as a musician has taken him all over the planet and in an effort to reduce his carbon footprint, he’s been hard at work in his studio to bring us 21 tracks that cover miles of different styles; ideal for global music appreciation.
Continue reading Shawn Lee’s Ping Pong Orchestra – Miles Of Styles
Manifest Tone Vol.1 generates images and feelings that originated in Lagos during the 70s but which have been splendidly re-produced in 21st Century New Jersey.
Continue reading Chico Mann – Manifest Tone Vol.1
February 2, 1988 was like any other day and my uncle Tony’s pace told me to keep up with him as we walked towards Ikeja bus stop. I didn’t realise I’d stopped in my tracks to listen to the sound booming from a music shop. I looked around at the frenzied crowd scurrying past me in the typical Lagos craze and felt their pulse in the beat
Continue reading Fela: The Man, The Music, The Message
Can’t say I know what Afro lounge is, but I know a man that does.
Continue reading V/A – Beginner’s Guide To Afro Lounge
While 2005 has thrown up an almost limitless supply of Afro-beat compilations, the hot sound on the streets of Lagos has long been Fuji. Adé Bantu was born and grew up in Nigeria but moved to Cologne where he made a name for himself on the German hip hop scene. Hooking up with the cream of the Fuji scene back in Lagos, he has produced an essential recording full of great tunes and bristling with life
Continue reading Bantu feat. Ayuba – Fuji Satisfaction: Soundclash in Lagos
Femi aims both barrels at George Bush, his old record company, the press, the regime in Nigeria, radio, TV… At the same time, he has never been so musically satisfied and hopeful as his new base the Shrine takes off…
Continue reading Femi Kuti – The Son of a Lion
Femi Kuti has been as blessed by the prodigious talent running through his veins as he has been cursed by living in a creative world circumscribed by everyone’s expectations of him as the son of the extraordinary Fela Kuti.
Continue reading Femi Kuti – Africa Shrine
An astonishingly broad array of artists deriving deep inspiration from Afrobeat make the first of these CDs constantly surprising, while the second disc goes back to the source.
Continue reading V/A – Afrobeat Sessions