Lets travel Africa...

Discussion in 'music, bands, clubs & festies' started by ska invita, Oct 28, 2012.

  1. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

    A musical tour of Africa going counter-clockwise around the continent...setting off from Ghana...

    Eric Agyeman, highlife style

    Alhaji K.Frimpong - funk organ Ghana style

    Ghana travel facts: The word Ghana means "Warrior King". Is in the same timezone as the UK and also roughly the same size. Population 22 million.

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  2. ska invita

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    great tune and love the synth stabs

    really nice oldskool hiphop feel to this...

    Proper Ghanaian drum session featuring some super talented kids
  3. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side


    Seems that it's female singers who really dominate Togolaise music...
    Afro-cuban vibes on this one...Afia Mala...wasn't convinced at first but its a grower...

    Bella Bellow, the biggest star in Togo

    Nimon Toki Lala - this one from the early 90s in a Soukous style...
    really like this...uplifting sunshine music

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  4. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

    Lots of great stuff from Benin....

    This tracks in Rumba mode...

  5. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

    a bit 80s this one (im guessing) but i like it. Tchink-system music, great name

    Full gig here - this guy is excellent - jazz guitar is usually pretty twee - this isnt - the whole band is great
  6. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

    The bus broke down but made it to Nigeria...where 1 in 6 Africans lives...where over 500 languages are spoken...where lots of great music gets made... will have to stay a while.

    Have to start with some Fela

    Keeping it political, funky and lo-fi with William Onyeabor

    Mr Onyeabor in the studio...

    (please post some!!)
  7. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

    King Sunny Ade juju sound afro dub thing

  8. hipipol

    hipipol Peckham Wry


    Got the KInshasa guitars of the time, but oh, the riddim, the voices, Four Brothers, always good, so sad thy are no more.......

    Thomas Mapfumo
    Have seen this man 3 times, he is fantastic, locked up by the Rhodies, fuck em, man is a Prince

    At the 100 Club in 88 he had 2 guys on the stage just doing the counter claps, superb

    Slightly newer like

    Mugabe may be a bonkers, violent and despicable despotic thug, but the people of Zim are totally different, full of humour, resourceful and can make music like this........
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  9. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

    ...sticking with Nigeria, friday night cab driver selects Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey, supposedly only second to Sunny Ade when it comes to ju ju business
  10. Spandex

    Spandex Well-Known Member


    Because I've been listening to loads of African music recently.

    And because it's a shame that this thread sunk before the Ska's tour of Africa was complete. Although, it was a pretty ambitious tour: all the music ever from 55 different countries as varied as Egypt and South Africa, Togo and Ethiopea. And I haven't quite figured out how the anti-clockwise route would take in all the landlocked countries in the centre of the continent. Anyway...

    Picking up where hipipol left off in Zimbabwe:

    Hipipol posted one Four Brothers track but I love this one:

    Four Brothers - Wapenga Nayo Bonus

    The Bhundu Boys are pretty well known in the UK. They moved here in the 80s and toured pretty extensively. I saw them once at a free festival and they blew away everything else I saw that day (or was it that I smoked too much and they were all I can remember..?)

    Bhundu Boys - Wenhamo Haaneti

    I haven't quite got my head around the various genres of Zimbabwean music. Bhundu Boys called themselves Jit. Another style I love is Sungura:

    Tongai Moyo - Nemumvura Mese

    Leonard Dembo & Barura expres- Dudzai

    John Chibadura & the Tembo Brothers - Ndinoda Rudo Rwako
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  11. Spandex

    Spandex Well-Known Member


    Soundway have recently put out a really good compilation of Kenyan music, which covers various styles from the 70s and early 80s, following on from their Nigeria Special albums:

    The best known style in Kenya is Benga (not to be confused with the dubstep producer of that name - what was he thinking? It's like a metal band calling themselves Calypso or something).

    But what I love most is the Kamba style. I could listen to it all day. And have done.

    Here's a 40 minute mix of Kamba music:

    And here's another one:

    I love the videos - normally the singer standing somewhere pretty unglamouous, like in a bush at the local park, or by the side of a road, intercut with a couple of ladies doing a dance :D Here's the brilliant Muenjoy wa Kathambi at the local park with friends:
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  12. Spandex

    Spandex Well-Known Member

    Democratic Republic of Congo

    If one style is associated with the DRC it's surely Soukous.

    I love Pepe Kalle. He was (RIP) an enourmous man, with his pygmie friend Emoro as his dancer:

    Pepe Kalle- Pon moun paka bouger

    This track is fucking amazing:

    Nyboma & Pepe Kalle- Zouke Zouke

    Another soukous guitarist that's done some great stuff is Pablo Lubadika:

    Pablo Lubadika - Ngai Locataire
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  13. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

    good one spandex - i got stuck in nigeria - look forward to checking all these out and carrying on the tour
  14. littleseb

    littleseb littleseb

    Great idea for a thread! I'll be hopping on the bus once you get to Somalia and the rest of the Horn and will dust off some old tapes from the Mogadishu / Aden crew. In the meantime I'll be catching up with everything up there ^^^.
  15. littleseb

    littleseb littleseb

    ps - will mainly concentrate on mid 6ts to early 8ts Horn sounds, if that's allowed???
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  16. eatmorecheese

    eatmorecheese Be who you needed when you were younger

    Tanzania. Dar es Salaam has spawned Bongo Flava, a fusion of contemporary hip hop, reggae and other styles.

    Recorded in Tanzania, this artist is Zambian... Divine voice. Fishco regulars know that I predictably play this:

  17. chasbo zelena

    chasbo zelena Banned Banned

    Strangely, listening to Nigeria special volume 2 right now.

    Asiko Mi Ni - The Nigerian Police Force Band 'The Force 7'

    In Nigeria, even the Police bands are better than the successful ones over here. ;)
  18. sim667

    sim667 Licking windows on the 303 bus.

    Frances Bebey

  19. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

    Here's 3 great tracks from Angola in a Kuduro style - shuffling electro/house type beats with a shit load of attitude and energy - went down a storm down the fishco

    Dj killamu-não maya


    Noite Dia Feat Agre G Ta Queimar
  20. killer b

    killer b Nostrofuckingdamus

    i have a great double album, soweto street music, that i've had on a lot over the summer. hypnotic, repetitive and uplifting, like wot dance music should be.

  21. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

    BUMPING this old thread for a nice new show on Radio 2 which basically does what this thread was trying to do and travel africa musically
    First show was on tonight, and its a three parter
    presented by the Idris the Wire Elba, who I get the feeling used to dj african tunes at weddings and such
    hes got a really nice radio manner
    top show, recommend

    tracks like this!
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  22. sim667

    sim667 Licking windows on the 303 bus.

    Something quite modern, I'm a big fan of is Spoek Mathambo

    He's from Soweto in S.Africa.
  23. sim667

    sim667 Licking windows on the 303 bus.

    And Tinariwen from Mali

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  24. sim667

    sim667 Licking windows on the 303 bus.

    Amazigh Kateb is Algerian born, but emigrated to France. As well as being a solo artist he also is in a band called Gnawa Diffusion, who aren't suited to this thread as they're french.
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  25. sim667

    sim667 Licking windows on the 303 bus.

    Tiken Jah Fakoly is a Reggae musician from Côte d'Ivoire.
  26. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member


    Manu Dibango - Soul Makossa

  27. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

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  28. sim667

    sim667 Licking windows on the 303 bus.

    I wish there was some way to autmatically make playlists from the youtube links in threads.
  29. Fez909

    Fez909 toilet expert

    Really enjoyed that, ta!
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  30. littleseb

    littleseb littleseb

    saw Tal National from Niger at Café Oto a couple of weeks ago. Highly recommended, best gig I've been to in a very long time:

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