Friday, August 8, 2008

Everybody Get Down!

August 8th 2008

I know, it's been a while... Here's another mix.
These are some of the records I found on my last trip to Accra and right before leaving West Africa after 3 years and heading to NYC.

You will soon realize: This one is extra funky!

Click on the image to listen.


00:00 Nkamsah & Yaanom - felicia
03:25 Santrofi Ansa - shakabula
07:35 Joe Mensah - funky talk in hausa
10:20 3rd Generation Band - obi ye saa wui
14:35 Action 13 - more bread to the people
17:35 Los Issifu - kansa soro
20:20 African Brothers Int. - self reliance
29:50 the Mighty Flames - metalik funk
34:10 the Funkees - baby i need you
37:40 Rock Town Express - if you love your neighbour you no go die
44:30 the Jeff Tagoe Movement - koti be cause
51:50 Asiko Rock Group - everybody get down


As an additional bonus, here are scans of all the records used, pictured in the same order as you can hear them in the mix. Click on the image for a better view:

42 comments:

Neu Mejican said...

Nice...
Thanks,

Anonymous said...

We were missing your mix Frank !! Awesome like usual !!! Thanks for the come back and all the best in NYC ;)

Anonymous said...

fantastic mix as usual
many many thanks frank

tubeworms said...

Thanks a million, sounds fantastic!

Oro said...

Thank you Frank for your gold.

Oro

Anonymous said...

Tanks for all you introducions and the marvellous mixes you prepair. I`ve got a problem with the last one though. Winrar asked for a password this time. I´m I too thick to find it??? Please help.

Thank you, C.

Anonymous said...

Hi Frank! Sorry to bother you again. I solved the problem with the winrar. Sorry to bother you. I indeed have been to thick to use the programm. But thank you so much for the music
;) C.

icepetal said...

Brilliant!! Absolutely stunning music. Thank you so much for the cue list! It would have been much more difficult to separate the tracks without that.

One question: While most of this sounds like the very early 1970's, do you happen to have any of the release year breakdowns for the tracts?

Are these all 45's, or culled from LPs?

Thank you again, so much!!

Frank said...

All releases are from ca. '72-'78.

The following tracks are from 45s:
Nkamsah & Yaanom - felicia
Santrofi Ansa - shakabula
Joe Mensah - funky talk in hausa
3rd Generation Band - obi ye saa wui
Action 13 - more bread to the people
the Funkees - baby i need you

The rest are LP tracks.

I just added scans of all the records used to this post so just have a look for yourself.

Joe said...

Excellent. I've been wanting to hear another 3rd Generation band track since the first Ghana Sounds comp. man, I can't thank you enough for continuing to post these amazing mixes--it's a privilege just to get this music in my ears.

Flengs said...

Great great great!

Another Funkees single I didn't know. And it's a total killer!!

Do you have a lot of gigs in New York? I'm trying to go there as soon as possible. I'll save some money and fly in from Europe, mark my words :-)

The best,

Frank

PS And this "call me Frank" track is absolutely fantastic! I wish I could lay my hands on a copy of this Psychedelic Man LP once........

Frank said...

I'm not doing any regular gigs in NY so far... I'm in the middle of talking to different clubs about a weekly event that will start in the fall but these things take time, it's like getting married, you want to make the right decision and spend many happy years together.
Moving all of my records to NYC from two different continents also took some time. My storage unit from Berlin finally got here yesterday and the 40 foot container, shipped directly from Africa is scheduled to arrive in New York by next week. There's also a spare copy of the Psychedelic Man LP in there. Feel free to make me a trade offer...

Cheers!

Frank

frank@voodoofunk.com

Osmose said...

The "Rock Town Express" cover is extra DOPE!
Peace + Protection

Jordan said...

Your mixes are wonderful. Thanks for bringing this music to my world. I live in NYC... how can I find out about your parties?

Frank said...

I'll post here about any upcoming events. You can also write me an email and I'll put you on my mailing list.

Aristizzle said...

Stellar mix as is usual Frank. I second the enthusiasm over the 3rd Gen Band. But what really peaks my interest is The Funkee's 'Baby I Need You'. Great, great track which I've never heard of or seen before. What's the flip side and is that any good?

Frank said...

The flip side is a track called "Akpankoro" which is just as good. A bit more upbeat and with a great percussion break down.

ACEtone Studio said...

hey Frank - awesome works and welcome to NYC.

Look me up! I'm all ensconced in family matters but working away on my own dub recordings whenever time permits - but also trying to grow a little in knowledge of the Afro scene in the 60s 70s.
I'm still grooving to the JA sounds of those times but you are doing great work to open up the African stuff.

Nuff respect.

Chicago Marc said...

Another sweet mix Frank! Thanks again and see you in Chicago.

Marc B.

lucasm said...

i just discovered your blog, and it's fantastic, thank you so much for the music.

Saheer said...

really special mix. thanks very much and please keep it coming

MrC said...

quality bunch of tunes as usual ... time to go dance round the house with my 1yr old ;)

dj champeta-man said...

hello ,,,,just fantastic men!!

do you now champeta music fron Colombia ?? you should come to afro-colombia one of this days ,,,,


dont you have any stuff from DR G KYASSI AND HIS NOBLE KINGS ? (ghana.)


gracias mil !!

Frank said...

Hi Champeta Man!
I actually have plans of travelling to Colombia early next year... and I have several records by Dr. K Gyasi. I met his son who runs a record store in Kumasi in central Ghana. Dr. K. Gyasi recorded mainly highlife but one LP has a strong Afrobeat track that I will post sometime next week or so on my myspace site.

Cheers!

Frank

MrC said...

dj champeta-man ....
http://ylow.blogspot.com/2008/08/dr-k-gyasis-noble-kings-1992-sikyi.html

;)

PauloPatrício said...

Hope you remember me Frank, wrote you once about Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou! I have just downloaded this mix and is really, really, really great! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Very special blog you have, inspires me. Interested to know, do your best finds come from private collections and hook-ups as opposed to 'record shop' digs? Would be cool to hear of any record store spots still out there that stock old vinyl...
Also, has it generally been a lot easier to find high life or traditional african music over the more funkier, heavier type gear or are those records just as tricky to find?
best, Rich

Frank said...

Hey Rich,
I found most stuff from private collections and from former record store owners. I've only found a handful record stores that still exist and had some records left.

Lady Blacktronika said...

Wow this mix is great. I'm just living for this music. Love discovering new stuff. Thanks for digging deep.

Aparna said...

What a great music.
thanks for sharing with us

Bill Orcutt said...

Great show last night! Thanks and look forward to the next! Bill NYC

F. Ohne said...

i listen to it the first time and really love it - thanks and good luck for future actions..

Moist Paula said...

Hi Frank -- nice to see you at Yuko's benefit party; I'm glad I kept the flier for your event at Union Pool on the 11th, because now I'm listening to your mix! It's great!
See you soon,
Paula

taomander said...

Man, this is awesome. wonderful. made my day. beautiful. we are of the same cloth. keep on keepin' on, brother.

todd said...

hello--dumb quesion probably, but on a PC is there a way to open these files in or import them to itunes? Thanks a lot

Frank said...

To download the mp3s onto a PC, use rightclick-"save target". On a Mac, hold down option key while clicking onto the link. Once downloaded, you can import the mp3 into itunes or any other audio player.

maya704 said...

Just downloaded the last of it. Thanks so much for sharing! This really brightens my days.

Anonymous said...

Hi Frank!

Well, I read all entries - one of the most fascinating blogs out there - thank you! I am cherishing the mixes you have uploaded. Thanks for the reply btw - I will have to come to New York and checkout one of your dj sessions.

Thank you for the education!

Donald
nunh@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Frank, the link to the "Everybody Get Down" mp3 seems to be broken. I get a 404 error from Soulstrut. Sad. :(

You are doing the world a great service by saving these records from mold and the ravages of time. Rock on.

Also, keep coming to NYC. We love you here!

Frank said...

The link is fixed!

loïc said...

Hi Frank,
I'd be so glad to hear the whole mix but there's only an excerpt 1'23sec long. Is this normal ?
Thanks for the music and greetings from Paris.
Loïc

Frank said...

Should work fine now...