Nigeria 70: Lagos Jump

null

Strut Records delve deeper into the Lagos underground for NIGERIA 70: LAGOS JUMP, another essential box of West African dynamite with the emphasis firmly on the dancefloor. From the heavy jazz of Peter King to Bola Johnson’s scratchy Afro funk and the rolling grooves of juju legend Sir Shina Peters, the album captures a rich and unique era in West African music. Compiled by leading Afro archivist Duncan Brooker and Strut’s Quinton Scott, NIGERIA 70: LAGOS JUMP forms another chapter in the rich musical background of Afric

For more info and buy check: www.strut-records.com

Tracklist

01. Sir Shina Peters & His International Stars – Yabis
02. Ify Jerry Krusade – Everybody Likes Something Good
03. Bola Johnson & His Easy Life Top Beats – Ezuku Buzo
04. Ashanti Afrika Jah – Onyame
05. Olufemi Ajasa & His New Nigerian Bros – Aiye Le
06. Peacocks Guitar Band – Eddie Quansa
07. Peter King – African Dialects
08. Dynamic Africana – Igbehin Lalayo Nta
09. Chief Checker – Ire Africa
10. Tony Tete Harbor & The Star Heaters of Nigeria – Tete Muo Bu Muo
11. The Faces – Tug Of War
12. Eric (Showboy) Akaeze & His Royal Ericos – Wetin De Watch Goat, Goat Dey Watcham
13. The Immortals – Hot Tears
14. Rex Williams – You Are My Heart
15. Sir Victor Uwaifo & His Melody Maestroes – Dododo (Ekassa No. 1)
16. Eddie Okwedy – Happy Survival

link removed RAPIDSHARE
link removed MEDIAFIRE

Ikebe Shakedown – Ikebe Shakedown

null

Ikebe Shakedown, the self-titled album from the Brooklyn-based band, plays with elements of Cinematic Soul, Afro-funk, Deep Disco, and Boogaloo in all the right ways. After spending a few years together the group, named after a favorite Nigerian boogie record (and pronounced “ee-KAY-bay,”) delivers a driving set of tunes featuring a mighty horn section anchored by tight, deep-pocketed grooves.

For more info and buy check: www.ikebeshakedown.com

Tracklist

01. Tujunga
02. Kumasi Walk
03. No Name Bar
04. Tame The Beats
05. Don’t Contradict
06. The Hold Up
07. Refuge
08. In Circles
09. The Viking
10. Five Points
11. Asa-Sa
12. Pepper
13. Sakonsa
14. Green And Black

link removed RAPIDSHARE
link removed MEDIAFIRE
link removed ZIPPYSHARE

Ebo Taylor – Life Stories

null

Following his recent studio album with Afrobeat Academy, ’Love And Death’, his first international release, Ghanaian highlife guitar legend Ebo Taylor teams up again with Strut for a long overdue definitive compilation of his seminal 1970s recordings, ‘Life Stories’.

This compilation revisits this heyday of Taylor’s work, focusing on his solo albums and some of his lesser known side projects including the dynamite Apagya Show Band and short-lived Taylor-led combos Assase Ase, Super Sounds Namba and The Pelikans. The selection also touches on his writing and production work for C.K. Mann and a collaboration recording with fellow member of early ‘70s nightclub band Blue Monks, Pat Thomas.

Tracks include the anthemic ’Heaven’, sampled by Usher on his hit with Ludacris, ’She Don’t Know’, the original version of the poignant ’Love And Death’ and the rare 15-minute nugget, ’Aba Yaa’. The package features rare photos, original album artwork and sleeve notes by Soundway Records’ Miles Cleret.

For more info and buy check: www.strut-records.com

Tracklist

CD1
01. Heaven
02. Atwer Abroba
03. Victory
04. Ohiani Sua Efir
05. Kwaku Ananse
06. Peace On Earth
07. Aba Yaa
08. Ene Nyame Nam ‘A’ Mensuro
CD2
01. Tamfo Nyi Ekyir
02. Love and Death
03. Ohye Atar Gyan
04. Yes Indeed
05. Mumude
06. What Is Life
07. Etuei
08. Egya Edue

link removed RAPIDSHARE
link removed MEDIAFIRE

Woima Collective – Tezeta

null

The Woima Collective was born from deep within the brass section of renowned German funk unit Poets Of Rhythm, as tenor sax player Johannes Schleiermacher became immersed in the rhythms and modes of the African music that the Poets love so much.

Combining the tight funk of groups like The Heliocentrics and the Poets Of Rhythm, with gnarly abyssinian brass and classic Mulatu-esque organ licks, the twelve tracks on Tezeta breeze into Europe on the Siroccan winds. At times, the band nods to dubby workouts like on the track ‘No Way But Still Walking’, at other times the brass section threaten to get free and atonal on the album closer ‘Wilder Mann’. Nevertheless Tezeta takes the cohesive pulse of North Africa, and fits it in a groove that will run and run for days. The Woima Collective celebrates the hypnotic beauty of Ethiopian scales and African rhythms, but creates an unique sound out of those influences, leaving lots of space for the individual band members to do their dance.

For more info and buy check: www.kindred-spirits.nl

Tracklist

01. Marz
02. Credo
03. Woima
04. Gaaf
05. Puno
06. No Way But Still Walking
07. Cavemans Revenge
08. Wayna
09. The Cave
10. Gidama
11. Illusions
12. Wilder Mann

DOWNLOAD RAPIDSHARE
DOWNLOAD MEDIAFIRE

Toni Esposito – Gente Distratta

null

little preview:

Tracklist

01. Gente Distratta
02. Session Man
03. Xantur
04. Solchiaro
05. Pastelli
06. Kosen Rufen

link removed RAPIDSHARE
link removed MEDIAFIRE