November 2nd 2007
In case you have just discovered this blog, the following three tracks might forever change your understanding of what African music can sound like. Try to forget all that "world music" crap you might have been accidentally exposed to earlier in your life, forget everything about hippies with dreadlocks and drums in the park. Just click onto the record cover or labels and listen:
I've played the Ferry Djimmy track on my last radio show with Mr. Finewine so some of you might already know it. Last week I found another copy of this 45 and it seems that this is an earlier release on Djimmy's own label. This man never ceases to blow my mind. Not only was he wearing an iron cross around his neck, four watches on one wristband and called his private record label "Revolution Records", he also rocked harder than the MC5! Djimmy definitely knew what time it was!
This unbelievably hard and funky version of "Sookie Sookie" by Orchestre African Fiesta was recorded in Congo around 1968. This also was included in an earlier mix but I've never seen this record in it's original form. The 1970s reissue on "African Records" is already close to impossible to find. I only ever came across two completely hammered copies until last week I found the OG on Congolese Decca! Not only does the OG version include an additional drum break but also it sounds much, much clearer and louder!
This last example of outrageously deep and heavy African Funk once more comes from Cotonou's mythical Orchestre Poly Rythmo. I guess by now, I own enough of their records (and I'm only talking about their funky stuff...) to spin two nights in a row without playing one record twice. "Ma Tafou Gnin O" leads us into new psychedelic depths. The sax and organ solos towards the end are simply killing it.
I'm currently busy cleaning up the records that I found on my last trip. New mixes and lots of cover scans will show up here within the next days.
Friday, November 2, 2007
November 2nd 2007