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Afrobeat - Verschenen op 4 maart 2013 | Knitting Factory Records

Onderscheidingen The Qobuz Ideal Discography
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Afrobeat - Verschenen op 22 april 2013 | Naive

Booklet Onderscheidingen 3F de Télérama
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Afrobeat - Verschenen op 8 juni 2009 | World Circuit

Onderscheidingen De Muzikale Rariteiten
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Afrobeat - Verschenen op 12 april 2011 | Strut

Onderscheidingen The Qobuz Ideal Discography
At the beginning of the 20th century, musicians from the Gold Coast (the former name of Ghana) drew from jazz to dominate African urban music with an explosive cocktail called “highlife”. But their supremacy slowly faded away with the invention of afrobeat in the 1970s by Nigerian Fela Kuti, who started his career making highlife sounds. From then on, this passionately funky and Afrocentric rhythm has slowly invaded the entire Western Africa. Ghanaian singer and guitarist Ebo Taylor, a friend of the “Black President”, has dedicated his career to the Nigerian-born style.   Discovered belatedly in Europe with his 2009 album Love and Death, Ebo Taylor has since then enjoyed a worldwide recognition, which naturally led to an update of the works from his glorious albeit continental past. In 2011, English label Strut Records reset the Ebo Taylor clock with this flamboyant compilation featuring the gems the Ghanaian artist disseminated on his path between 1973 and 1980. Relentless rhythmics, gleaming brass, vivacious and colourful guitar solos, and engaging chants were part of his music from the very beginning. These tracks prove that with various formations (Uhuru-Yenzu, Asaase Ase, The Apagya Showband and Super Sounds Namba, with his fellow countrymen and singers Pat Thomas and C. K. Mann) or in solo, Ebo Taylor has always been able to spark some magic. © Benjamin MiNiMuM / Qobuz
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Afrobeat - Verschenen op 4 maart 2013 | Knitting Factory Records

Onderscheidingen The Qobuz Ideal Discography
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Afrobeat - Verschenen op 9 april 2001 | Ninja Tune

Onderscheidingen The Qobuz Ideal Discography
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Afrobeat - Verschenen op 4 maart 1979 | Comet Records

Onderscheidingen The Qobuz Ideal Discography
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Afrobeat - Verschenen op 4 maart 2013 | Knitting Factory Records

Onderscheidingen The Qobuz Ideal Discography
The album Shakara was a turning point for Fela Kuti. The year was 1972: he had just experienced his first continental success with Chop ’n’ Quench, changed his band’s name from Nigeria 70 to Africa 70, learned to play the saxophone (in just 24 hours according to legend) and adopted Pidgin, an English Creole, as his writing language to reach a larger audience. He had also just taken over the club of the Empire Hotel, in Lagos, renamed African Shrine, where he was performing legendary concerts on a nightly basis with his band and a myriad of dancers. The ingredients for success and legend were present, and Shakara – that featured the title track and the famous Lady −, proudly marked the beginning of a glorious era for the most scandalous and respected African musician. The two epic tracks both stretch over 13 minutes. Fela, with his Rhodes organ and a playing style reminiscent of the Doors’ Ray Manzarek, injects drama, while Tony Allen sets the rhythm so specific to afrobeat and conducts the musicians. Guitars keep up the pressure, brass mount their attack like warriors, marking the shapes and volutes of this sensual epic. Fela’s imperial song, and the response from female choirs, still provide the most irrepressible chills.   Both Lady and Shakara are addressed to women, in an ambiguous way that triggered the wrath of some feminists. In Lady, Fela makes the distinction between a simple African woman – docile, obedient and obliging to her husband −, and the educated lady who, influenced by western morals, wants to be man’s equal. One could sense Fela’s preference for the former, and his fear of the latter, because even though he is well known for having married 27 Nigerians on the same day, he was also madly in love with an English mixed-race woman, Remilekun Taylor, with whom he had his son Femi. In Shakara (braggart), he takes to pieces the schemes of dominant males who threaten women with violence, but whose claptrap is empty. Be that as it may, the musical discourse is foolproof and constitutes the very essence of an always-active historic genre. As good as his successors and descendants may be, afrobeat will never be as clearly penetrating as through the voice of the initiating maestro: Fela Anikulapo Kuti. © Benjamin MiNiMuM/Qobuz
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Afrobeat - Verschenen op 4 maart 2013 | Knitting Factory Records

Onderscheidingen The Qobuz Ideal Discography
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Afrobeat - Verschenen op 4 maart 2013 | Knitting Factory Records

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Afrobeat - Verschenen op 10 november 2017 | BMG Rights Mgmt France SARL

Leeroy, formerly from Saïan Supa Crew, makes his coming-out and loudly tells his passion for Afrobeat and the work of its founder, the great Fela Kuti. The beatboxer’s idea was to get behind the console and the keyboards, his artistic producer cap secured on his head, to pay a sincere and respectful homage. Leeroy thus went to Lagos, in the Nigerian lands of the Black President, to meet its ancient musicians Duro and Showboy, its two sons Femi and Seun and a few young and reliable local instrumentalists. His inventive and energizing vision of Fela’s music convinced these heirs to associate themselves with this modernist reinterpretation. To revisit this handful of emblematic pieces, Leeroy has also summoned, behind the microphones, some proud representatives of the current black music. His old accomplice Féfé, to which Leeroy owes his initiation to Afrobeat, takes the lead on ITT (International Thief Thief), the Chadian soul sister Noraa reveals her sensitive singing in the beatbox version of Zombie, the German-Nigerian Nneka inhabits with confidence Look And Laugh and the South African Nakhane offers a mellow reinterpretation of Authority Stealing. The album introduces itself with an original cover from Lemi Ghariokwu, who is mostly responsible for the cover of Black President. Mission accomplished for Leeroy, who managed to retain the spirit and rejuvenate the sound of Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s works and prove their relevance now and in the future. © BM/Qobuz
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Afrobeat - Verschenen op 4 maart 2013 | Knitting Factory Records

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Afrobeat - Verschenen op 4 maart 2013 | Knitting Factory Records

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Afrobeat - Verschenen op 4 maart 2013 | Knitting Factory Records

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Afrobeat - Verschenen op 4 maart 2013 | Knitting Factory Records

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Afrobeat - Verschenen op 1 september 2014 | Knitting Factory Records

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Afrobeat - Verschenen op 1 maart 2012 | Born Bad Records

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Afrobeat - Verschenen op 13 oktober 2014 | Born Bad Records

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Afrobeat - Verschenen op 11 mei 2011 | La Cile

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Afrobeat - Verschenen op 4 maart 2013 | Knitting Factory Records