Archive for the tag “afro-beat”

The Apostles – Banko Woman

For over forty years, the Apostles of Aba have stood as the jewel in the crown of the music scene in Eastern Nigeria. Since their formation in 1973, the band has turned out memorable performances in a variety of styles including rock, soul, funk, pop and reggae. Even today, the Apostles continue to thrill audiences in their hometown of Aba with dazzling shows.
Cultures of Soul are now set to release one of the Apostles’ more obscure, yet relentlessly funky recordings, “Banko Woman”, originally released on the eponymous LP on Love Day Records in 1977. Straddling the world realms of afro-funk and disco, the track has long been a coveted dance floor filler amongst DJs, and for the first time is available for a wider audience. On the B-side is “Faith, Luck & Music,” also from the original Banko Woman album. Released as a limited edition 7 inch on May 19th visit Cultures Of Soul to secure your copy and have a listen. Perfect sunshine music!



Podcast No. 16

We return with the latest in our series of podcast. With no guest host, we have put together some of our favourite tracks from the past few months. Covering hip hop, instrumental beats, funk, afro-beat, electronica and all that good stuff.

Tracklist –

Torb The Roach & Floppy McSpace – Tusen baht
AVER – The Land Of The Oversharers
Buddy Peace – My Rain
Your Old Droog – Help feat. Wiki & Edan
The Beta Club – Library Quakes
Revbjelde – Out Of The Unknown
SJOB – Let’s Do It
Clutchy Hopkins & Fat Albert Einstein – Mojave Dervish
El Michels Affair – Tearz feat. The Shacks & Lee Fields
Gonjasufi – Your Maker (Daddy G Remix)
Strange U – Cimmerian Shade
Sludge Factorie – Sunday
Carpetface – Don’t Get It Twisted
David Baron – The Steps
Keno – Studio One
Daryl Donald – Night Games

SJOB Movement – Friendship Train

Cultures of SCOS 019_SJOB_FRIENDSHIPTRAIN_JACKET_2oul Records unleash a reissue of the rare Nigerian afro-beat overlooked classic “Friendship Train” by SJOB Movement. “Friendship Train” was the second LP by the group and one which saw the group rise to new heights. It’s a masterpiece of African music with it’s fluid afro beat grooves and spaced out Moog synthesizer sounds. Here is an excerpt from the liner notes written and researched by Uchenna:
“Prince Bola Agbana might hardly be the most immediately recognisable name in the constellation of Nigerian music stars, but for a significant portion of the last half-century he laboured in the shadows, dutifully serving as one of the key movers in its development: An in-demand session musician. An early and respected exponent of funk. A catalyst in the retrofit of juju into a modern pop genre. Most of all, though, he is recognized as the founder, leader, drummer and principal vocalist of the SJOB Movement.
SJOB: Sam, Johnnie, Ottah, Bola. For a moment in the mid-1970s, they were le dernier cri in modern Nigerian music, representing the next step in the evolution of afro rhythms, and a new paradigm for the band economy. Their first album, 1976’s A Move in the Right Direction, was a minor sensation and was swiftly followed by Friendship Train in 1977. Then it appeared that the movement stopped moving, and SJOB disappeared from the scene.”

Coming out on LP and CD on March 3rd. The CD comes with a bonus remix of Love Affair by the Sol Power All-Stars from Washington DC. Pre-order your copy of the album here and get the remix of Love Affair via bandcamp.


Dem Juju Poets – Elephants On Carpets

Want some tasty afro-beat, funky, soulful beats for Christmas? Well look no further than Dem Juju Poets “Elephants On Carpets” out now on Matasuna Records for free download. Get it while you can, you won’t regret it!

Renegades Of Jazz – Moyo Wangu

renegadesRenegades Of Jazz are back with a super fresh, super funky new album. “Moyo Mangu” (Swahili for ‘my heart’) is heavily influenced by Renegades Of Jazz aka David Hanke’s time spent as a child living in Tanzania. Hanke has taken the African influence to create a modern take on afrobeat, afrofunk.
Personally I think it works perfectly, every track has that real authentic afrobeat sound and feel underpinned with modern, slightly dancey, funk production, as you would expect from ROJ. I would go as far to say this is ROJ’s finest offering to date, I challenge you to play this album and not want to move. Jammed packed with modern afrofunk anthems, everyone should own a copy, it will make your life better and put a smile on your face!
Sadly the vinyl is sold out on the bandcamp page, however you can still get the CD and the download.

Fumaça Preta – Fumaça Preta

Fumaça PretaFumaca Preta’s hard hitting, free-wheeling debut LP brings together elements of tropicalia, psychedelic rock, fuzz funk, musique concrete, acid house, radiophonic electronics, hair metal, voodoo and African, Brazilian and Latin rhythms. Beaming down from another planet and sonically stretching across decades, ‘FUMAÇA PRETA’ will be released on Soundway Records on 15th September.
Really looking forward to hearing the full length album, but for now check out the track, “Tire Sua Mascara”, it will not disappoint.

Kaveri Special – Kaveri Special

Kaveri SpecialKaveri Special are an afro-beat band coming straight out of Finland! Yep, that’s right, 4 white, Finnish guys making afro-beat music and it sounds great!Their music sounds completely authentic, paying tribute to classic African guitar music from the 70s and 80s, especially soukous and highlife. They even used a cassette master to get that real retro, authentic sound.
This is up-beat, feel good music that will appeal to fans of original afro-beat music and to people who have heard its influence in modern non-african music.
Kaveri Special isn’t just a carbon copy, trying to be and sound as good as the artists they were influenced by; this is real afro-beat music, it just happens to be made by Europeans in Europe. Buy it now!

Chris Read – Small Steps

chrisChris Read; hip hop promoter, top class DJ, super producer and all round nice bloke, recently released his debut album, “Small Steps”.
Including recent singles, the album is a great mix of classic hip hop, funk, afro-beat, disco and more. Featuring guests such as Phil Most Chill and Lizzy Parks, this is a really great album. It will get you up dancing and keep you up for the full duration. Authentic soulful beats, mixed with plenty of horns, bass and good old boom beats.
Get it now from Breakin’ Bread Records.

Mo Kolours – Mo Kolours

mo coloursMo Kolours has just dropped his debut self titled album on One-Handed Music. Available now on LP from the One-Handed website or as a name your price release via bandcamp, the album does not disappoint.
“Mo Kolours” is a heady mix of soul, hip hop, electronica, jazz, afro-beat, funk and for want of a better description, world music. Mo’s singing fits perfectly over the percussive heavy beats.
At times the album is reminiscent of J Dilla, Madlib, DJ Vadim and label mate Paul White, showing what a high grade producer Mo Kolours is. Mixing slower more blissed out tracks with up beat dance rhythms, “Mo Kolours” certrainly brings mo’ colour to the world of beats.

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