Soundtracking historical changes in Africa in the 1960s to 80s, Honest Jon's release the second of two compilations bringing the diverse cultural mix of Nigeria to our ears. From pan-ethnic highlife style, which was to influence Fela Kuti's Afrobeat to the folkier juju, much incredibly beautiful music here.
Ghanaian high-life legend Ebo Taylor returns for a brand new studio album recorded with Berlin-based Afrobeat Academy band and guest such as Tony Allen. Crossing afrobeat, high-life and rootsy funk, Ebo still has the groove, and provides genuinely touching moments with stripped-down vocal-and-guitar pieces. Recommended.
Whilst Honest Jon's often brings forgotten musics to our ears, this latest set of reworks honouring Nigerian drummer Tony Allen updates the legacy of Afrobeat for today's electronic dance music - with artists diverse as Carl Craig, Diplo and Moritz von Oswald doing the honours. Incredible, essential music!
14 November 2011
Globetrotting DJ and BBC broadcaster Gilles Peterson throws a spotlight on Cuba and its richly diverse music culture, crossing Afro-jazz fusions, funk, rumba reggaeton, soul in a whirlwind 30 tracks, his selection and own Havana Cultura Band bringing much of this vibrancy to our ears. Will melt through your winter blues!
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