Sunday, November 3, 2013

CD Review: Various Artists' 'Afrobeat Airways 2: Return Flight To Ghana 1974-1983'

Various Artists
Afrobeat Airways 2: Return Flight To Ghana 1974-1983
Analog Africa

Ghanaian funk and dance music is explored on Analog Africa's latest venture, Afrobeat Airways 2: Return Flight To Ghana 1974-1983. These are thirteen rare funk tracks that showcase the not-so-common musicians of the country. You will hear rare music from K. Frimpong, Nana Ampedu, Gyedu-Blay Ambolley, Ebo Taylor, Rob, Uppers International, Los Issufu And His Moslems, Waza Afrika 76, and others. The music is psychedelic, funky, dance-laden, and organically-rhythmic. The percussion is very enthralling throughout. The vocals are equally impressive with solo and group vocals used intermittently. The instrumental sections are especially intriguing and addictive. The rhythms and melodies are punchy and swirling with African elements and entrancing infusions of sound. Anyone with an interest in African funk and psych music should check out Afrobeat Airways 2..., as well as other recordings on the label. Your feet and ears will thank you. ~ Matthew Forss 

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