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Playlist 28/03/07

1. Nomo - One To One [ Ubiquity]
2. Wganda Kenya - Shakalado [ Strut]
3. Antibalas - KLeg [ Purpose]
4. Ephraim Uzomechina Nzeka - Zombie [ Nascente]
5. Afro Heat2 - Fela vs. Kano [ Afroheat]
6. Fela Kuti - Roforofo Fight [ CellUloid]
7. Fela Kuti & Roy Ayers - 2000 Blacks Got To Be Free [ CellUloid]
8. Buari - Advice From Father [ Nascente]
9. Afro Heat3 - Body And Soul vs. Vaughn & Mason [ Afroheat]
10. Kwanzaa Posse - Wicked Funk [ Undiscovered Recordings]
11. Antibalas - Family Affair [ Mind Recordings]

Bit of a different show this time around, but its high quality music all the way as usual. This week I am focusing on a fusion of Yoruba, Jazz and Funk rhythms. Its more commonly known as Afrobeat. The creator of this phrase and style was the multi instrumentalist bandleader, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, who not only coined the name but also shaped the musical structure and the political context of the genre.

Afrobeat originated from the southern part of Nigeria in the 60’s where Fela Kuti was experimenting with many different forms of contemporary music of the time. Politics are essential to the genre of Afrobeat, since Fela was deeply concerned in social criticism to pave the way for social change. His message can be described as confrontational, but is also related to the political climate of most African countries in the 60’s, many of which were dealing with political injustice and military corruption. This message still rings true today with modern bands such as Antibalas. Just ask them about Mr Bush…

So back to the show, your going to be hearing two tracks by the great man himself. These are the full length versions, no studio editing going on here, the first is ‘Roforofo Fight’ coming in at a heavy 15 minutes. A few of you may recognise this due to a certain sample by a Brighton based BigBeat peddler.
The second track is by Fela Kuti and Roy Ayres taken from their 1980 LP Music of Many Colours. 2000 Blacks got to be free takes up a whole side of the LP and is stunning from start to finish.

More influences with Ephraim Uzomechina Nzeka’s fantastic version of the classic ‘Zombie’ recorded in France in the 1970’s and personally endorsed by Fela himself. If anyone can point me in the direction of an original copy of this album I will be very happy indeed.

Bringing things into the present, (Now I know I keep banging on about them but they really are one of the best bands on the planet right now), Nomo kick the show off in style with their LP cut, ‘One to One’. Search out their album on Ubiquity. Also got two cuts from Antibalas this week, their fantastic version of Sly and the Family Stones, ‘Family Affair’ and last years ‘K-Leg’ Also got some cheeky mashups courtesy the Afrodisiac Sound System and some rare finds thanks to the Nascente and Strut labels . Enjoy the show!


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