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    Origine du Groupe : Nigeria
    Style : Afrobeat , Afro Jazz
    Sortie : 2011

    Par guigui pour http://www.lemellotron.com

    Le nouvel album de Seun Kuti et son groupe Egypt 80 : From Africa With Fury: Rise sur le label Because. Après l’avoir eu en heavy rotation dans nos oreilles depuis quelques semaines et vu au Festival Chorus il y a quelques jours, on vous assure que l’Afrique brille de furie dans nos têtes.

    7 titres pour 45 minutes de pur afrobeat dans la droite lignée de la famille Anikulapo Kuti menées par la voix et le saxo du plus jeune fils de Fela, Seun. Ce deuxième album, toujours accompagné par les mythiques musiciens et choristes d’Egypt 80, va mettre le feu à votre plancher, vous faire entrer en transe grace à sa fusion entre rythmes afro-américains, funky, jazzy et yorubas, autrement dit l’afrobeat.

    Tracklist :
    01 - African soldier
    02 - You can run
    03 - Mr. big thief
    04 - Rise
    05 - Slave masters
    06 - For them eye
    07 - The good leaf


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    Origine du Groupe : Swiss
    Style : Afrobeat , Funk Jazz
    Sortie : 2011

    Par http://vibrationsmusic.com

    Après le jazz éthiopianiste de l’Imperial Tiger Orchestra, un autre groupe romand dénommé Professor Wouassa nous invite à explorer l’héritage des diverses traditions issues du continent africain. Afrobeat, high-life ou ethio-jazz, les six musiciens compulsent les genres pour offrir un son original et une énergie redoutable.

    Pour ce premier album, le professeur s’est entouré d’autres experts dans le domaine avec Black Cracker (Grand Pianoramax), de Korbo (Fanga), de Didier Awadi (Positive Black Soul) ou encore de Duke Amayo et Chico Mann d’Antibalas. “Dangerous Koko!” a également été mixé et masterisé par Jason Jaknunas du Soul Jazz Orchestra.

    Tracklist :
    01. Intro 3:30
    02. Cool Zen (Feat Duke Amayo) 9:09
    03. La Cadena (Feat Chico Mann) 5:23
    04. Sunshine (Feat Black Cracker) 6:08
    05. No More Talking (Feat Korbo) 9:33
    06. Find A Way (Feat Thais Diarra & Didier Awadi) 4:58
    07. Turn To Gold (Feat Alina Amuri & Luthor) 8:25
    08. Outro 2:19


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    Origine du Groupe : North America , Nigeria
    Style : Afrobeat
    Sortie : 2008

    "ZOZO"Taken from the goun or fon dialects in the republic of Benin west Africa meaning something steaming hot truly keeps the Afrobeat fire burning.13 piece ensemble led by Kaleta real name Leon Ligan-Majek is a renown world music/afrobeat producer,arranger,guitarist,percussionist and singer born in the republic of benin but lived all his adolescent life in Lagos Nigeria,a city STONE THROW from his native country Benin,where the culture is similar in terms of language and music to that of Nigeria where he grew up.with ZOZO AFROBEAT,Kaleta music pays homage to the greats and yet still maintains his distinctive sound and energy.
    He had performed,toured and recorded albums with legendary FELA KUTI,king SUNNY ADE,SHINA PETERS,and lately went on world tour with Lauryn Hill ...to mention but a few.

    by http://www.cdbaby.com


    Tracklist :
    1. Country of Guns
    2. Shake Your Nyansh
    3. Gete (Dancing Lambs)
    4. Baba Nla Iya (Intense Hardship)
    5. Get Up
    6. Fimile (Live and Let Live)
    7. Peace No Dey (No Peace)


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    Origine du Groupe : Portugal , Mozambic
    Style : Afrobeat , World Music
    Sortie : 2009

    From Official Myspace :
    Lisbon has always been a stage for the meeting of several cultures, mostly due to the past of the city as the capital of a colonial empire in Africa and Latin America. Nowadays it is a huge pot of creativity which attracts artists from all over the world and it is a privileged space where musicians find each other, share ideas and mix rhythms. It is from this mixture that, in 2005, afrobeat collective Cacique..97 was born.

    With musicians with Mozambican and Portuguese origins, this collective incorporates members from groups such as Cool Hipnoise, Philharmonic Weed and The Most Wanted, well known projects in the areas of funk, reggae and the afro sound.

    The passion for the music of Fela Kuti and Tony Allen has united these musicians for the pursuance of a common goal: to create a collective that mirrored the Lisbon mixture, by crossing the characteristic urban Nigerian rhythm which is afrobeat, with the musical tradition of the Portuguese-speaking African countries and of Brazil, whom has always been very present in the Portuguese capital.

    Cacique..97 intend to give birth to a global soundtrack of the new times without losing the activist approach and the promotion of social awareness so fond to afrobeat.

    Tracklist :
    01. Jorge da Capadócia 5:55
    02. Eu Quero Tudo 4:16
    03. Mifolo 5:05
    04. Sr.Diplomata 5:07
    05. Get No Stronger 5:25
    06. Come From Nigeria 6:23
    07. 13 4:32
    08. Dragão 6:06
    09. Kodé 5:28

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    "Yeah, we got our own thing", states matter-of-factly Ray Lugo, leader of New York City powerhouse KOKOLO. Based on the spiky and hyper-funky grooves found in the group’s latest album, "Love International", it would be difficult to argue with the man. Few groups in today’s global Afro scene generate as much attention and excitement as they do debate and criticism as KOKOLO. "It’s the result of going against conditioned expectations", expands Lugo. "People are used to expecting the familiar, but I’m doing my thing in my time. This is music that comes from my heart, humble music for the whole world. " KOKOLO’s ever-growing international appeal (to date, the band has performed in over 15 countries) appears to lend weight to Lugo’s words.

    A former punk rocker that grew disenchanted with the promise held by that genre, Lugo formed KOKOLO in 2001 in the Big Apple’s Chinatown district, along with long time cohort Chris Morrow. He took the name from Spanish Harlem slang used to refer to devout fans of afro music. From the outset, the duo sought to carve a path of their own. “There may be better afrobeat, funk, latin or polka groups around…but we were going to be the best KOKOLO in the world”. Within weeks of forming the group, they recorded their urgent “Fuss and Fight” debut and soon found themselves playing to receptive audiences both at home and abroad.

    Their second album, “More Consideration”, further expanded their audience and afforded the band performances in a score of new countries and on some of the world’s premier stages, such as The Montreal Jazz, Glastonbury Festivals and many others, where they shared the spotlight with acts ranging from Gilles Peterson, Roots Manuva, Taj Mahal and Issac Hayes to Zap Mama, Chic and Roy Ayers.

    During this time, their discography grew exponentially as well, giving them the opportunity to reach new audiences through a number of releases that also feature acts such as Zero 7, Femi Kuti, Masters At work, Ladysmith Black Mambaso, Quantic Soul Orchestra, U-Roy, Tony Allen, Afro Celt Sound System, Jazztronik and many others.

    KOKOLO’s reputation for mounting an explosive live show is the reason they continue to rack up frequent flyer miles year after year. "Each musician brings an important element...everyone just comes as they are". "Darren Lipper loves his hard rock, Casey Howard is a Jazz and Country music head, Eladio Gonzalez is Mr. Salsa personified, Chris loves his Zappa, John Turner is on the experimental side of the dial, Ando Kal lives for Reggae and lately, I've been getting into lots of Rai music, actually", says Lugo, "These guys have a lot of soul...and together, that mix makes KOKOLO unique onstage."

    On “Love International”, the group’s third studio album released on Adrian Gibson’s Freestyle imprint, KOKOLO astutely combines an intoxicating blend of afrobeat, funk, latin, hip hop and jazz elements into a sound that is at the same time thoroughly familiar yet remarkably fresh and intriguing. On tracks like the muscular “Our Own Thing” they spell out in no uncertain terms where they stand on the matter, on the brilliant cover of The Clash’s “The Magnificent Seven” they masterfully inject more fire into a song that was burning to begin with, musical worlds collide on the irresistible “The Way Up”, and we get transported to the motherland on the hypnotic “Let Compassion Be Your Fashion”. The Lyrics, half-sung, half-scatted in English, Spanish and even Portuguese, wiz by like sparks after an explosion at a firecracker factory. Yes, this is in fact, something new and exciting.

    Lugo’s ideology draws more from humanist philosophy than from conventional political ideas of right and wrong. “Billions of people today are manipulated via empty political slogans and organized religion”, he continues, “Only through changing how we educate future generations can we begin to move the human experience towards a universal spirit of brotherhood…the eradication of fear.” The socially conscious aspect of the group is reinforced through their consistent participation in a variety of projects and benefit concerts for causes ranging from the environment, to the Darfur Crisis, youth empowerment groups, and urban development organizations. “It’s not about ego or rock-star clichés…it’s about the luxury that is to be alive and have the opportunity of bringing a positive message to people.”

    The future looks bright for KOKOLO. For the moment, expectations seem to be the least of their concerns.

    by Malcom Traficant

    Origine du Groupe : Brazil
    Style : Afrobeat , Funk
    Sortie : 2004

    Tracklist :
    1. Mister Sinister (3:47)
    2. Mama Don't Want No Gun (4:15)
    3. Everybody (Tryin' To Get Buy) (5:31)
    4. Root To The Fruit (5:27)
    5. Late Night. Closed Eyes (4:30)
    6. More Consideration (4:44)
    7. Democrazy (3:28)
    8. Trouble Come. Trouble Co (5:17)
    9. Candela (4:10)
    10. Gimme Yaya (8:42)
    11. Candela - Richy Pitch Remix (5:17)
    12. Late Night. Closed Eyes - White Mike Mix (4:34)




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