Various Artists – Luaka Bop, World Psychedelic Classics, Vol. 3: Love’s a Real Thing

Michaelangelo Matos

By Michaelangelo Matos

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
A compendium of rock-inflected West African music.

Near the end of the '70s, the Africa-wide authenticité movement found local governments pumping native African culture and downplaying foreign influence. The earlier part of the decade was a different story. Love's a Real Thing is a compendium of the rock-inflected West African music (plus the ringer “Guajira Van” by No. 1 de Dakar — misidentified by the album's compilers as No. 1 de No. 1 — a Senegalese mbalax scorcher) that makes an arresting case for cultural miscegenation: just imagine if the harder, groovier rock bands of the period had gotten their hands on cuts like the Super Eagles'title track and manipulated them some more.