Category Archives: Afrobeat

SONG OF THE DAY Fred Fisher Atalobhor & His Ogiza Dance Band – Thief Man

Nigerian trombonist, vocalist, composer and songwriter, Fred Fisher Atalobhor was born in Bendel, Nigeria in 1951. By the late 1960’s he was playing in bands across Africa and after impressing producer Odion Iruoje, who spotted him at a vocal session … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY Orchestre Anassoua-Jazz De Parakou-Nord Dahomey – Bakassine Gabou

Parakou is a remote town just over 400 km north of Cotonou and was home Orchestre Anassoua-Jazz de Parakou. The band recorded a series of singles and EPs for Albarika though the 70s (plus a handful for other labels) but … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY Balaphonics – Demain dès l’aube

The Balaphonics are a collective of nine musicians specialising in all things Afro-inspired. Celebrating over a decade of making music, they take their influences from funk, soul and jazz, also blending the sounds of Afrobeat from Nigeria, dancing highlife from … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY Abelardo Carbono feat Quantic – Si Si Si

If this song doesn’t embed itself into your head like the wiggliest ear worm ever, I will be so surprised!! This Latin/Afro-Caribbean sunbeam coats the senses with layers of warm, wandering percussive dreaminess! For today’s musical installment we find two … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY Voice of Darkness – Caution

Today’s stunning Afrofunk gem comes courtesy of Cameroonian group, Voices Of Darkness and features on their one and only eponymous LP, which was released in 1972. This song has it all when it comes to maximum sonic goodness, and those … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY Raúl Monsalve y los Forajidos – Bocón ft. Luzmira Zerpa

““Bichos” is not only a superb introduction to Raúl Monsalve, but also to a swathe of incredible musicians you might still be unfamiliar with. It’s also a brilliant window into the rich musical seam of Venezuelan music, and an excellent … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY The Wings – We’ll Get Home

Like a good many afrobeat bands of the time, Nigeria’s The Wings were heavily influenced by the western funk movement of the late 60’s.  Led by the charismatic frontman/vocalist, Emeka Jonathan Udensi (also known as Spud Nathan), the 1970-1974 line-up … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY Moussa Doumbia – Keleya

If ever it was possible to be lost in a wilderness of sound, I’m gone! As a labyrinth of lush funk rises into a canopy of soulful afrobeat, a rhythmic journey unfolds in a haze of vibrant brilliance.  Malian saxophonist/composer/singer, … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY Kingdom of Kaffa – Dawa Ya moto ni moto

“Pure east African grooves. Heavy drums, vibrating flute on one side, a dirty organ on the other…” This welcomed recommendation found me today and I have to say I’m rather chuffed to have been pointed in the direction of this … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY The Budos Band – Gun Metal Grey

Ahead of their upcoming sixth studio album, Long In The Tooth, Brooklyn’s electrifying psychedelic afro-soul instrumental funksters, The Budos Band, have released second single, Gun Metal Grey.  The song follows the record’s debut single and title track which, along with … Continue reading

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