Monday, May 3, 2010

Afrique - Soul Makossa - Mainstream Records, 1972

Afrique is best known for thier song "House of Rising Funk" which contains a great drum break sampled by the Geto Boys on 'Damn It Feels Good to Be A Gangster' and N.W.A.'s 'Appetite for Destruction'.
Here's a bit of info on the origin of "Soul Makossa" from the Bravo Juju blog:
"The first articles on "disco music" appeared in 1972, and the invention is credited to a Cameroon-born and Paris-based jazz saxophonist, Manu Dibango, who in that year released Soul Makossa (1972), an exciting mixture of funk-jazz saxophone lines and hypnotic African beats.
After it was issued, David Mancuso found a copy in a Brooklyn West Indian record store and often played it at his Loft parties. The response was so positive that the few copies of "Soul Makossa" in New York City were quickly bought up. The song was subsequently played heavily by Frankie Crocker, who DJed at WBLS, then New York's most popular Black radio station.Since the Dibango failed to register the copyright, 23 or more groups quickly released cover versions to capitalize on the demand for the record."

Afrique did one of those covers, which is what we have here today. What can I say, this jam is basically a guareenteed ass-shaker, super funky Afro grooves! I'm listening to it right now and pumping my fist in my bedroom, seriously. You can still find the album without much trouble, here's the Amazon link: Afrique
From Wikipedia: Mainstream Records was founded in 1964 by Bob Shad, and in its early history reissued material from Commodore Records and Time Records in addition to some new jazz material. The label released Big Brother & the Holding Company's first material in 1967, as well as The Amboy Dukes' first albums, whose guitarist, Ted Nugent, would become a successful solo artist in the 1970s. Mainstream acted as the distributing label for the subsidiary Flying Dutchman Records and continued issuing soundtracks and new jazz material through 1978, when it shuttered.
Now let's do this clip!

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