Compiled by European crate-digger Fischer P, Booniay!! is a winning collection of mid-to-late '70s Afrobeat, makossa and highlife unearthed from Ghana, the Ivory Coast, Guinea, Senegal and Mali. None of these bands ever attained, say, Manu Dibango's global props — crate-diggers never give up their secrets. Working in the vein of James Brown, Dibango and Fela Kuti, their music continues to move. Brigith Engelberts and the B.E. Movement turn in two horn-driven numbers — "Get Together" and "Tolambo Funk" — that must have electrified metropolitan discotheques. George Danquah's highlife scorcher "Hot and Jumpy" includes some countrified and jazzy guitar solos and one monstrous funk bridge. The standout is William Onyeabor's "Body and Soul," a mesmerizing 11-minute track that, remixed here by Jamaican dubmaster Scientist, points back to late-'60s JB and mid-'70s Fela, and forward to early-'80s Sly and Robbie. In any language, this is funky stuff.
By Wondering Sound Staff on 12.11.14 in Features
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By Michaelangelo Matos on 12.08.14 in Reviews
For all the quality mining of African oldies over three and a half decades, it's not as if the coffers have been exhausted. Far from it, especially judging from this nonstop display of one of the great bands of the Congo...
By Claire Lobenfeld on 11.29.14 in News
Spice, Jamaica's queen of dancehall, is gearing up to release her debut EP So Mi Like It. With her contribution to Vybz Kartel's "Rampin Shop," another bananas collab between the two called "Conjugal Visit" and her most...
By John Schaefer on 11.24.14 in Reviews
In this 50th-anniversary romp through Terry Riley's In C, a brilliant ensemble of Malian musicians (mostly playing traditional instruments) joins forces with Damon Albarn, the globetrotting frontman of Blur and Gorillaz;...