No thread on African music would be right without the force of nature that is Fela Kuti
I love this stuff:
@grant, yes it's the rhythms. To my mind Latin beats developed from African ones (could be wrong). You're right about overlap though. Infact there seems to be a lot of cross over from soul and the New Orleans stuff too. I was gonna include jazz, but I think that probably needs a place of its own.
@Grotto. Love it fella, first time I've heard of either.
Good kwela introduction, grant, thanks - I knew little or nothing before now.
Am still dubious about having Latin and African musics on the same thread, but...
Another of Cuba's finest, the great Beny More (and his Banda Gigante). The 'Wildman (or Wizard) of Rhythm.' A bandleader in the Ellington mould, he was a wonderful singer as well. Toured Mexico, the USA, and all round the Caribbean. Residencies in Havana nightclubs - very popular in Cuba and the region in the 1950s. Died far too young at age 43 due to alcohol-related problems.
Posting links of Prince Buster doing versions of popular non-reggae songs with different lyrics could go to some very dark places, very quickly...
We could always open a separate thread for Latin if you prefer, fine by me.
grant said: Eh. That's just Journey with some other guy singing.
"Agboju Logun is a song about the proverbial prodigal child relying on his inheritance for survival. (from Nigerian Square.com) This is an extraction from the Yoruba proverb 'Agboju logun fun ra re fun ya je' which means... the lazy child that intends to rely on his inheritance to survive will inevitably suffer in the end."
KingSunny Ade dubwise!
"Ja funmi means 'fight for me' in the Yoruba language. The song is a plea to the creator - to fight for me so that i may move forward with success in life."
Grotto of Nolte said: This link http://www.megaupload.com/?d=FQFRL7P8 is apparently a collection of West African guitar music from the 20s. Not heard it myself, just found it elsewhere.
Clue is in the song title. This is HEAVY Sierra Leone funky
If the JBs came from Burkina Faso...
...they might sound something like this
This is what David Byrne got up to when Talking Heads split.
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