|Various Artists / Rough Guide African Disco|
|Album:||Rough Guide African Disco||Collection:||World|
|Label:||World Music Network|
|Add Date:||2013-03-02||Pull Date:||2013-05-05||Charts:||Reggae/World|
|Week Ending:||5 May||21 Apr||14 Apr||7 Apr||31 Mar||24 Mar||17 Mar||10 Mar|
|1.||Apr 26, 2017:||At the Cafe Bohemian |
Ohue, A Brand New Wayo
|4.||Apr 20, 2013:||Uncle Steve's Dance Party |
Oh Yeh Soweto, Kwedini
|2.||Jun 09, 2013:||The Doldrummer |
|5.||Apr 13, 2013:||Noisejazz Catharsis |
|3.||May 02, 2013:||The Sunset Life |
|6.||Apr 13, 2013:||Music Casserole |
Rough Guide to African Disco|
Reviewed by Sadie O., 2/28/13
Some seriously funky stuff in here, quite a wide variety of “Disco” in quite a few African styles. Quite a few very well known artists, too. The bonus CD is a reissue of a fun project from the 80’s interpreting soul standards in Soukous form with a 4/4 beat. Originally a long medley, it’s been chopped up rather poorly by the digital download process. Still some nice stuff, fine vocals. Good comp!
1. 5:02 ***spoken word intro, then nice rubbery rather uptempo Electric Slide. Fun-Kay! Vocals in English
2. 3:51 **rather pretty and a bit commercial – but great grunty percusson. Pretty tenor vocals in some Ghanan language.
3. 5:17 ****excellent (and very wet sounding) talking drum intro, then downtempo disco soul, vocals in a Nigerian language. Nice bass work, too.
4. 3:46 ****delicious midtempo chugging township jive, wonderful vocal interplay.
5. 4:37 ***midtempo pounding club beat – after an initial bit of vocoder, it sounds like Angelique Kidjo singing with Howard Jones backing…
6. 5:37 ****goofiest damn electronic booples since Ursula 1000… Fun upbeat disco funk, building elements as it goes. Definitely a Latin tinge as well.
7. 4:15 ***lots of rapid percussion intro, nice pop bass, cool vocal chorus, rather cool and restrained sound.
8. 5:57 ****very pretty a cappella intro, then funky percussion, cool swingy funk. Manu brings the Makossa, as always! Super cool.
9. 3:48 ***classic Disco, vocals in English – if they didn’t perform this on Soul Train, they certainly should have!
10. 4:16 ***chugging groove, Prince-inflected keyboards, and a rather bewildering variety of other styles. Uptempo, with female chorus, very dramatic in bits.
11. 4:14 ****big piano intro, upbeat dance groove with chorus and horn section.
12. 9:09 **very groovy chugging drums, smooth guitar, overall relaxed feel.
13. 3:39 **squeebly keyboards, nice vocals and chorus, very “African” rootsy, which is interesting next to rather prosaic, relaxed Disco music.
CD 2 (sweat to the soul classics, Soukous style!):
1. 4:02 ****uptempo cover with significant soukous tinge, fine vocals.
2. 3:22 ***nice uptempo groove, really nice vocals. Gets seriously highlife-y in second half.
3. 4:29 ****whistling intro, tinkling guitars, sweet cover of a great song. Ends a bit too abruptly.
4. 2:39 ***female chorus vocals, hand percussion. Unfortunately although it should flow right into next track, the digital download screws that up…
5. 4:24 ****oddly (ha) similar to track 1.
6. 5:51 ****I’m actually not familiar with this song! But definitely fine vocals
7. 3:45 ****great song, not at all hurt by the Soukous treatment.
8. 5:02 ***maybe I’m just getting used to the Soukous treatment, but this sounds pretty similar to the original, apart from vocals…