([-_-]): African Gems - May

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

African Gems - May

This month is all about the Carribean/Tropicalia influence on African music. Though most say that all music comes from Africa, it's fortunate that the influence went the other way as well. No-one can lay down heavy Cuban rhythms like Africans, and dirty funk never sounded so tight.(Next month will be about the James Brown influence of the early-mid 70s' - A Funk Explosion!)

From Joe Tangari's great article on African music:

"Cuban music had more of an impact on Africa's far western coast than it did along the southern coast of West Africa, but it shows up now and then. K. Frimpong was one of Ghana's most innovative guitar players, slyly funky and a skilled, fluid soloist. His "Cubano Fiestas", as they're credited here, were actually Vis-à-vis, a prolific and quite capable band in their own right. The song's Cuban feel comes mostly in the vocals and chord progression, while the bounding, anti-gravity rhythms are all Ghanaian Afrobeat."


K. Frimpong & His Cubano Fiestas: Hwehwe Mu Na Yi Wo Mpena

(Ghana, 1977) Available on Ghana Soundz: Afrobeat, Funk & Fusion in 70's Ghana (Sound Way) (Amazon.ca)

The Black Star Sound - Nite Safarie

Great tropical sounds with blaring Mexican horns. Fantstic sound quality, I love the way this was recorded.

Available on Ghana Soundz: Afrobeat, Funk & Fusion in 70's Ghana (Sound Way) (Amazon.ca)

T.P. Orchestre - Gendamou Na Wii We Gnannin

Twangy Cuban guitar riffs merge with a sexy laid-back Afrobeat rhythm. Hot hot hot!

Available on Kings of Benin Urban Groove 1972-1980 (Amazon.ca)


Anonymous Tim said...

Nice article.

Have you seen the recent publicity for the new 'Very Best of the Ethiopiques' 2CD? There is also a fansite to celebrate the launch at:


There's tons more stuff there on all the Ethiopiques artists.


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