Orlando Julius was a Nigerian composer, saxophonist, singer, and songwriter, known for compositions as “Ashiko” (1975 or earlier).
“Kawa oma ranti, ranti ile o, isedale baba awa” on “ Going Back to My Roots” (1977) by Lamont Dozier can be heard at 5:34.
His voice and text “kawa oma ranti, ranti ile o, isedale baba awa” [we will always remember the roots of our parents] is featured on “
Going Back to My Roots” (1977) by Lamont Dozier.
Alemayehu Eshete was an Ethiopian singer.
Alemayehu Eshete opens the door to the
(1998-2017) series. Éthiopiques
Guem was an Algerian musician, composer and dancer.
Guem is best known for his cult dancefloor recording “
Le Serpent” (1978).
“ Le Serpent” (1978)
“Le Serpent” is a sibling to “Jingo” (1959) by Candido Camero, “New Bell” (1972) by Manu Dibango and “Road Close” (1984) by Tony Allen, who all died last year.
“ Yé ké yé ké“
Mory Kanté was a Guinean vocalist and player of the kora harp best known for his 1987 hit song “ Yé ké yé ké“.
Tony Allen (1940 – 2020) was a Nigerian musician and drummer.
The importance of Allen? You simply cannot imagine Fela Kuti nor afrobeat without the drumming of Tony Allen during the period 1968 to 1979.
After parting with Fela Kuti it would take time for Allen to find his own sound.
This happened with the sublime EP
Never Expect Power Always (1984), one of my favorite afrobeat compositions.
Other solo work of note includes
Black Voices (1999), Tomorrow Comes The Harvest (2018, with Jeff Mills) and Sounding Lines (2018, with Moritz von Oswald).
To the international hipster crowd, Allen is probably best-known for playing drums on “La Ritournelle” (2003) by Sébastien Tellier, an iconic track for the contemporary cosmopolitan class.
The drumming on that track sounds like a “Funky Drummer” sample but it is in reality the live drumming of Tony Allen.
I’d say, if you are new to all this, start by listening to “Shakara (Oloje)” (1972) by Fela Kuti, then switch to
Never Expect Power Always (1984) and end with Sounding Lines (2018).
“Soul Makossa” (1972) single
Another covid-19 victim.
Manu Dibango was a Cameroonian saxophonist best-known for his composition “ Soul Makossa” (1972), a crucial proto-disco recording.
I also had
Gone Clear (1980) and Electric Africa (1985) in my collection.
Soul Makossa (1972) album
Only today do I listen for the first time to the whole
(1972) album. I already was familiar with “New Bell” (which had been covered on the electro scene) but “Hibiscus” was new to me and totally exquisite. Soul Makossa
Now that I listen to “Soul Makossa” today, I hear in the bassline resonances of acid house. Do you hear it too?