Zookeeper Online

Find It!
Classic Search
Recent Reviews
DJ Zone!
Playlists by Date
Airplay Charts
Submit Music
Various Artists / Rough Guide To Psychedelic Africa
Album:Rough Guide To Psychedelic Africa Collection:World
Artist:Various Artists Added:Mar 2012
Label:World Music Network 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2012-04-07 Pull Date:2012-06-09 Charts:Reggae/World
Week Ending:Jun 10Jun 3May 27May 20May 13May 6Apr 22Apr 15

 Recent Airplay
1.Jan 05, 2022:New World Disorder (rebroadcast from Jun 2, 2012)
Eruq Yalèshew
4.Jun 09, 2012:New World Disorder
Ekassa 28
2.Sep 20, 2013:Doc Com
Eruq Yalèshew
5.Jun 02, 2012:New World Disorder
Eruq Yalèshew
3.Jul 08, 2012:New World Disorder
Let Yourself Go
6.Jun 02, 2012:Frequency Jam
Let Yourself Go

Album Review
Sadie O.
Reviewed 2012-04-05 
Rough Guide to Psychedelic Africa
Reviewed by Sadie O., 4/5/12
Interesting Highlife/Afrobeat collection. I wouldn’t call this psychedelic, personally, although it does have occasional tinges thereof.. Maybe it’s African incorporation of some Western elements, without the same access to pharmaceuticals. All tracks on CD 1 are great, all for different reasons. CD 2 is mostly Afro-Cuban jams with all the best intentions… No FCCs detected.
CD 1:
1. 2:10 ***downtempo swingy funky soul with grunts and screams. Backwoods James Brown.
2. 6:18 ***slithery twangy slide guitar, pretty and downbeat Highlife horn section. Pretty and rather exotic. Soulful vocals in second half. Apparently a call for social justice and peace.
3. 3:43 ***uptempo and upbeat with great percussion and horns. Venerable Afro-beat group. Tiny bits of psychedelic organ.
4. 5:01 ***very slow, subdued, rootsy blues, trumpet has a Swing sound – sounds like a particularly scary version of St. James Infirmary… guitar solo is highly psychedelic. Gnarly!
5. 3:35 ***Ethiopian jazz with arpeggio bassline, elaborately decorative male vocals (most Ethiopian singers we have in the collection are female; it’s interesting to hear the style in a lower register.)
6. 5:45 ***cool, swingy Highlife with horn section and complex percussion, vocal harmonies, but psychedelic guitars in the background. Handdrum solo.
7. 6:25 ***downtempo mashup of sweet vocal harmonies, mariachi horn section, wah wah electric guitar, swingy groove, maybe a kora? Anyway, it works.
8. 7:14 ***almost a flamenco solo guitar intro, then very chill downtempo groove, great vocals, very cool sound. Sax solo, wah wah guitar. Actually recognizably psychedelic in bits.
9. 5:25 ***funky downtempo Afro-beat. Clean horns, rhythm section, wah-wah on most everything else. Goes into lazy psych jam.
10. 5:43 ***sprightly sweet Highlife with lots of high guitar tones, goobly background bits, vocals in English about Mami Wata (water spirit). Fun, and definitely very wet.
11. 13:26 ***electric guitar trills intro hovering on the edge of feedback, then sweet midtempo rumba sashay. Great vocals. I guess it’s the mashup of styles that makes it psychedelic. LONG, but stays interesting. Amazing guitar solo in second half of song. Wowzers!
CD 2:
1. 5:21 ***exuberant percussion, a bit 60’s pop and a bit Afro-Cuban. Gnarly guitar solo.
2. 6:43 **bippity boppity farfisa dance, wiggly with Latin tinge. Flute solo. Gets kinda trance-y in a voodoo kinda way. Falls apart at end.
3. 4:00 **gnarly farfisa intro leads into a relaxed rumba. Would be pleasant and nondescript, but that farfisa is damned perplexing.
4. 3:23 ***60’s pop vibe, happy bouncy, lots of flute and shakers.
5. 2:31 **upbeat pop groove. Less flute, more guitar.
6. 5:08 ***sweet pop with chimes, rumba groove. Desi Arnaz on ‘ludes. Odd vocal slides and soap opera organ. Different, fer sher!
7. 4:01 **midtempo Afro-Cuban feel (I’m visualizing everyone in the band having outfits with ruffled sleeves and maracas…) Nice wah-wah guitar solo.
8. 5:45 **minimalist groove with percussion strummed guitar and chimes. Very Caribbean feel. More gnarly organ…
9. 3:47 **more Afro-Cuban jollity with flute.
10. 3:07 ***bouncy yet trance-y, wah-wah guitar solo. This one actually qualifies as Psych, I think!

Track Listing
 ArtistTrack Name
1.Victor Olaiya's All Stars Soul InternationalLet Yourself Go
2.Celestine UkwuObialu Be Onye Abiagbunia Okwukwe
3.Orchestre Poly-RythmoPardon
4.Orchestra Del La PailloteKadia Blues
5.Alèmayèhu EshètèEruq Yalèshew
6.Balla Et Ses BalladinsFadakudu
7.Mlimani Park OrchestraTaxi Driver
8.Orchestra Baobab Nijaay
9.Ebo TaylorNga Nga
10.Victor UwaifoGuitar Boy
11.Rail BandWale Numa Lombaliya
12.Sir Victor UwaifoEkassa 28
13.Sir Victor UwaifoEkassa 34
14.Sir Victor UwaifoEkassa 31
15.Sir Victor UwaifoEkassa 32
16.Sir Victor UwaifoEkassa 25
17.Sir Victor UwaifoEkassa 38
18.Sir Victor UwaifoEkassa 24
19.Sir Victor UwaifoEkassa 26
20.Sir Victor UwaifoEkassa 35
21.Sir Victor UwaifoEkassa 29