In the tumultuous 1960s a generation of musicians was establishing itself as the authentic voice of African rebellion and power. Musically, the transatlantic African and Western links are obvious; from the urban black American funk of James Brown to the grooves of Cuban rumba and latin percussion. Yet the fact that they were scarcely recognized in contemporary underground music is incredibly ironic given that western counterculture drew so heavily on the musical and aesthetic traditions of Africa.
The twelve astonishing tracks on the Love's a Real Thing are drawn from a broad spectrum of early 70s West African psychedelic classics. A heady brew of a musically active culture, a relaxed attitude to sex and the day-glo visual imagery of daily life facilitated the African embrace of acid rock and soul. The record kicks off with the funk/soul inflections and James Brown-style shrieks of Benin's Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou Dahomey, followed by Gambia's Super Eagles updating progressive fusion with African roots. This compilation represents a unique period of musical cross-fertilization as the influence of the Beatles and Elvis steadily gave way to that of Fela.
Minsato Le, Mi Dayihome - Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou Dahomey
Love's a Real Thing - Super Eagles
Ceddo End Title - Manu Dibango