Just over ten years ago Analog Africa’s label owner and avid vinyl collector, Samy Ben Redjeb took a trip to Cotonou, Benin in the hope of seeking out some new and interesting records. What was unearthed when he arrived and began his search “cannot really be described in words,” Redjeb reports, and what he found exceeded all expectations; this trip was to be the first of many (with eight more trips to that region alone!).
Thirty months later and few thousand records on, Analog Africa proudly presented their first 14-track African Scream Contest compilation which was released in 2008. Ten years on and the unstoppable crate-digger Samy Ben Rejeb unveils a new treasure-trove of Vodoun-inspired Afrobeat heavy funk crossover greatness. Right from the opening track, its excitingly obvious that African Scream Contest II is going to be every bit as joyous a voyage of discovery as its predecessor.
Today’s perfectly described ‘Afro-ska romp’ jolly’s along on a riff that dances somewhere between the theme from Batman and Vince Taylor’s Brand New Cadillac. It’s infectious groove will have you shimmying around the room before you can say Asaw Fofor…which just so happens to be the title of this little wiggly-jiggly gem of a song! Listen above..and if you are into this I can highly recommend the whole album!! Grab that here.