Your First MUST HAVE Summer JAM...
Please dont chalk this up as some "bullshit pysch jam Mezzy is pushing on us". Furthest from it. This record will be the soundtrack to your summer if you let it. One of those cds you put on at a party and within 2 songs everyone at the party is jonesin' to know who it is. Reminds me of the feel of that Shuggie Otis
record during the Summer Of Action. Everyone you knew had that record. Hopefully the same will hold true for this one. It came out last year but I picked it up last month and CAN NOT put it down.
I am a huge fan of Afro-Beat and latin influenced big band & psychedelic music to come out of places like Nigeria, and Senegal during the 60s-80s. Some good compilation records
I stumbled across
in the past few years solidified that. Shit we even played some at our wedding. People like Fela Kuti and Youssou N'Dour are the big names in this area/genre but neither appear here (actually N'Dour appears as a minor one time member of the Orchestra Baobab). This is a picture of lesser known but equally as talented jammers. The songs range from Highlife bouncing street corner bottle tapping latin breezes to deep Mbalax afrojammin' psychedlic stomp grooves. All flow together seamlessly. The record gives a glimpse of music in this region from 1950-1980 and offers a snapshot of the growth and the diversity of this musically loaded area. Topics range from African pride to social injustice to getting drunk to gossiping neighbors but the overall grove of the record unifies this disc. I want to jam this record with some friends, poolside, summer, brews, Griggs on the grill. I was telling L the other night - you know you are listening to a good song when it can take you to a specific place and keep you there jammin. This does that, and it would be the pefect soundtrack to the previously mentioned summer jam, trust me.
You can hear some clips of the more Highlife (jazzy uptempo) sounding songs here:Bembeya Jazz - Whiskey SodaSuper Sweet Talks - The Lord's Prayer