September 12, 2013

Afrobeat Airways 2: Return Flight To Ghana 1974-1983

ARTIST: various artists
TITLE: Afrobeat Airways 2: Return Flight To Ghana 1974-1983
LABEL: Analog Africa
It’s another gem of a compilation from Samy Ben Redjeb’s Analog Africa, a label that can seemingly do no wrong. This time the focus is on Ghana – there are off-the-run tracks from better-known artists like The African Brothers and K. Frimpong, and highlights from some of the more obscure acts in Ghana’s deep Afro-funk scene. One peak is track 10, an instrumental that has the funky push-and-pull of New Orleans’ The Meters. Or try 5, a successful merger of funk and boogaloo, or 1, one of the best tracks I’ve heard by Northern Ghana powerhouse Uppers International. Analog Africa has long championed one-of-a-kind front man Rob, and his track here (9) is also one of his best. And make sure to leave room for 13, a classic vocal performance by still-active Ghanaian legend Gyedu-Blay Ambolley. There’s also a 44-page booklet with nine artist interviews and some of the finest African music photographs this side of Malick Sidibe (Samy promises more of these photos, from Accra’s Modern Photo, in future volumes). Highly recommended for your listening and dancing pleasure.
TOP TRACKS:    1    5    9    10    13
ALSO RECOMMENDED:    2    3    4    6    7    8    11    12

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