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Saturday, Dec 05 2015 | 06:27
Image: 1601219 During the twentieth century, the atlantic side of Africa transforms itself into a laboratory of musical experimentation. The rivers, beginning with the mighty Congo, offer new ways of cultural penetration. Easily accessible, inexpensive and durable, the 7-inch single becomes the format of preference across the continent as the 1960s unfold and outside influences fuse with rich African traditions. The single becomes the calling card for many African artists.

Side A: Y'a pas moyen, an afrobeat track with seductive vocal ellipses and swirling, rhythmic forms. This elastic voice is one of the most exciting to come out of Benin, embodying instant modernity.

Side B : Sharp as a razor and powerful as a tidal wave, this track is one of Benin's most extraordinary productions of the decade. A wild, vibrant groove where organ and drums merge like an earthquake with a power rarely heard on the continent. Po lusi evokes the best of what we call Afro-funk which can be simply described as pure African rhythm.

1. Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de l'Atlantique Cotonou de Dahomey - Y A Pas Moyen
2. Nkwitchoua - Po Lusi
Available from 18.12.2015
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