What African rock record should I listen to next?

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Want something new but am flummoxed by wide variety of things available. Have really liked: Golden Afrique, Love's a Real Thing, igeria 70, Nigeria Rock Special, Opika Pende.

Where to go from here?

Guayaquil (eephus!), Sunday, 2 December 2012 03:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

African Scream Contest.

EZ Snappin, Sunday, 2 December 2012 03:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

African Scream Contest is a good one; so is The World Ends: Afro-Rock & Psychedelia in 1970s Nigeria.

誤訳侮辱, Sunday, 2 December 2012 03:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

I agree - The World Ends is great, too.

EZ Snappin, Sunday, 2 December 2012 03:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

i wouldn't really call them 'rock' but both ghana soundz are a+

mookieproof, Sunday, 2 December 2012 03:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

Am totally open to non-rock (e.g. am listening to Opika Pende disc 4 right now which is in no way rock) -- just that the category of "African music" as a whole seems too vast to contemplate. I guess I mean "African music which in some way reflects contact between Africa and non-Africa" or something.

Guayaquil (eephus!), Sunday, 2 December 2012 03:55 (2 years ago) Permalink

this thread seems to stress the latin american stuff, but soundway is very good in general

mookieproof, Sunday, 2 December 2012 03:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

That Rob album is pretty great. There may be 2 or more reissued now but it's just called Rob I think.

brotherlovesdub, Sunday, 2 December 2012 04:00 (2 years ago) Permalink

There's Funky Rob Way and Make It Fast, Make It Slow on Soundway, I think, and they're both awesome.

endless budgie (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Sunday, 2 December 2012 10:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

Amanaz Africa if you haven't already heard it. Or Hedzoleh Soundz on Soundway or Edzayawa Project One.
Or Blo!'s Chapters and Phases 2fer which is almost krautrocky in places.
Ofege's first lp Try and Love features the same guitarist overdubbed on a pretty good lp otherwise too.
Orchestra Polyrythmo de Cotonou shouldn't need to be said, the one with th ekung-fu posed cover especially.
Witch's We Intend to Cause Havoc is a pretty cheap comprehensive covering of the band.

& I'd get Osibisa's 1st 2 on BGO since they seem to have been a big influence on what came after. Several of the liner note interviews in individual African lp cds directly cited them.

Stevolende, Sunday, 2 December 2012 10:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

Bambara Mystic Soul is a good album - funky and psychedelic

Michael B Higgins (Michael B), Sunday, 2 December 2012 15:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

2nd the praise for Orchestra Polyrythmo de Cotonou. Probably the thing i've played the most out of the huge stack of Soundway/Analog Africa cd's i've bought. The Vondoun Effect is pretty great but I haven't been disappointed in one yet.

brotherlovesdub, Sunday, 2 December 2012 16:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

2nd the Witch recommendation. The first disc of the set is insanely catchy.

henry s, Sunday, 2 December 2012 16:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

THE WITCH!

the late great, Sunday, 2 December 2012 18:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

ofege seconded also

the late great, Sunday, 2 December 2012 18:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

had the chance to see Orchestra Polyrythmo de Cotonou when they came through toronto this past summer. it was such a great show. everyone was out of their seats and dancing!

borntohula, Sunday, 2 December 2012 18:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

eephus, are you a CD guy?
the store i work for has reissued a few african rock/funk records, i will send you some CDs if you want.

i guess i'd just rather listen to canned heat? (ian), Sunday, 2 December 2012 18:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

I don't know what it means to be a CD guy but my means of obtaining these records is going to be to go to my nbhd record store and purchase the CDs, yeah -- those guys turned me on to this genre of music in the first place so I think they deserve my business.

Guayaquil (eephus!), Sunday, 2 December 2012 19:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

My kids are home from school for now and we've been rocking out to African Scream Contest all day, thanks ilx!

Guayaquil (eephus!), Thursday, 20 December 2012 21:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

"for snow" not "for now"

Guayaquil (eephus!), Thursday, 20 December 2012 21:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

cool. I love that record.

EZ Snappin, Thursday, 20 December 2012 21:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

https://soundcloud.com/okayafrica

reggie (qualmsley), Friday, 21 December 2012 00:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

"African music which in some way reflects contact between Africa and non-Africa" or something.

Victor Awaifo - Guitar Boy Superstar
Orchestra Baobab - Specialist in All Styles
Brand New Wayo: Funk, Fast Times & Nigerian Boogie Madness 1979-1983 comp
Osibisa - Osibisaq
The Funkees - Dancing Time
The Lijadu Sisters - Danger
Afro Rock vol 1 comp
Bembeya Jazz National - The Syliphone Years
Dr. Nico - Zaido
King Sunny Ade - Juju Music
Zanzibara 3 comp

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Friday, 21 December 2012 02:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

also HIGHLY recommend all the Poly Ritmo de Cotonou stuff

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Friday, 21 December 2012 02:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

You should try to go see the Ginger Baker movie.

Rumba de Schmillsson (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 21 December 2012 03:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

The Karantamba album that Terenga Beat released this year is worth a spin.

Uaxuctum, Friday, 21 December 2012 19:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

I've got that African Scream Contest, I really need to revisit it.

Evan, Friday, 21 December 2012 21:37 (2 years ago) Permalink


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