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Friday, Sep 15 2017 | 09:08
Image: 1553443 Reissue of the influential "Afro-Rock Volume One" on Strut!

A1. Jingo - Fever
A2. Geraldo Pino & The Heartbeats – Heavy Heavy Heavy
A3. Steele Beautttah - Africa
B1. Mercury Dance Band – Envy No Good
B2. Dackin Dackino - Yuda
C1. K. Frimpong & His Cubano Fiestas – Kyenkyen Bi Adi M’Awu
C2. Orchestra Lissanga - Okuzua
D1. Super Mambo 69 – Sweeper Soul
D2. Fathili & The Yahoos - Mabala
D3. Bokoor Band – Onukpa Shawarpo
D4. Nkansah And Yaanom – Pem Dwe
D5. Jingo – Keep On Holding On (Part 1) – Bonus Track

‘Afro Rock Vol. 1’ is one of the most important compilations of heavy original ‘70s
Afro funk and soul to be released in recent years. Originally surfacing on Duncan
Brooker’s indie Kona label in early 2001, the album single-handedly kick-started
the thirst among jazz, funk and soul fans and ‘diggers’ to rediscover lost music
from Africa made during the ‘60s and ‘70s from a time when many countries were
gaining independence and celebrating a Pan-African identity within their music. The
album was one of the frst to reach a far different audience to the traditional ‘world
music’ market and spawned many further projects and labels in its wake. A year
later, the ‘Nigeria 70’ compilation surfaced on Strut and labels like Soundway and
Analog Africa would continue to unearth amazing lost gems from the Motherland.
The album is testament to the determined work of Brooker following several
research trips, especially to East Africa – Kenya and Zaire. It brought to light East
Africa’s fnest funk band, Air Fiesta Matata, led by the recently deceased Steele
Beautttah, ‘The Nigerian James Brown’ Geraldo Pino from Port Harcourt in Nigeria,
and the storming Afro jam ‘Yuda’ by Dackin Dackino, a previously unreleased gem
from Zaire discovered on a discarded reel. The album has remained in?uential
since its release with tracks appearing on other Afro compilations and on TV and
the big screen – Jingo’s ‘Fever’ featured in Kevin McDonald’s 2006 hit flm, ‘Last
King Of Scotland’.
Out of print since 2015, the album is being reissued on Strut in its original form with
the extra dynamite unreleased psychedelic cut by Kenya’s Ishmael Jingo, ‘Keep On
Holding On’ taken from the original master tape. The package features the original
sleeve notes by Duncan Brooker along with new additional notes providing further
background to the album and tracks.

- Groundbreaking African music compilation from 2002, first vinyl reissue since 2015
- includes Jingo’s ‘Fever’ featured in the film ‘Last King Of Scotland’
- Album features rare photo and sleeve notes by compiler Duncan Brooker
- Consistently in-demand album among DJs and fans of African rare grooves

Fela Kuti, Gilles Peterson, Soundway, Analog Africa, Ebo Taylor, Matata, Manu
Dibango, William Onyeabor, Oscar Sulley, Slim Ali, Geraldo Pino, Orlando Julius,
Vaudou Game, Orchestre Poly Rythmo Available from 29.09.2017
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