I put up some links to download a box set of Nigerian funk/afrobeat in the Vampire Weekend thread, but I figure that that are at least a few people that could link to some good songs that we might not have heard before.
Lots of good stuff in that set (there's a third disc of audio documentaries, but I don't have that), including some very early Fela (part of Koola Lobitos, the first track)
On another thread, I had mentioned how good the album The Indestructible Beat of Soweto was. It came out in the early 80s, and apparently it was a big influence in Paul Simon recording Graceland, but don't hold that against it.
(and if you're a completist, you could do worse than going here (hint hint)).
The Cameroonian saxophonist Manu Dibango recorded a jazz/funk soundtrack for a Ruby Dee/Ossie Davis African-revolution themed blaxploitation flick titled Countdown at Kusini, which has apparently become highly sought-after by crate-diggers. Lots of great funky jams on it.
Can someone explain the file format for the Funky Lagos downloads and how I open them? Loved the other ones thanks.
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I would normally download all of those ASAP, but I might already have some of them thanks to you! I know I have the Green Arrows one--if you don't know, Matej has been bigging them up for a while now, and the album is indeed great.
edit: I thought that Rail Band song sounded really familiar, but I only had one other of their songs--turned out I had it from a Salif Keita comp.
Just in case someone has downloaded the Nigeria 70 set and not listened to it yet, Taylor's first two above are in it.
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Two songs from a 70s Syliphone (a Guinean state-run record label; Bembeya Jazz National recorded for them, and there's a recent Syliphone collection that's on my to-buy list) compilation titled Musique Sans Paroles:
'Uchandifunga' - "Advice from a parent to a child who is not taking his studies seriously that the future will be bright for those who have a good education. It will take only a few years hard work at school and the future is yours to enjoy. However, if you do not work hard, you will live to regret it."
'Rumbidzai' - "If I cannot marry Rumbidzai I would rather die a bachelor. Without her my world is empty. I vow I will be by her side through times of happiness and sorrow 'til the end of time."
'Makorokoto' - "After many years of hardship we are free at last. Come all my countrymen and let us celebrate!"
'Nhaka Yemusiiranwa' - "We are losing our most precious heritage - our culture. Today's youth has forsaken our culture. It is every adult's duty to educate the youth about our culture and to ensure that it is passed down the line."
All these tracks are taken from the compilation 'Makorokoto' on the Cooking Vinyl label.
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