February 11, 2010

Vibes4YourSoul Selection#5 - Long Live Afrobeat

Afrobeat is alive and well.

Created in the late 60's by Fela Kuti, this musical genre blending highlife jazz, funk and afro-rythms has been given a second youth these last few years thanks to a whole new generation of artists.

Fela's sons, Femi and Seun Kuti, are the most obvious symbols of Afrobeat current vitality. Femi has regularly been producing great albums for more than 10 years while Seun's debut Lp, "Many Things", in 2008, has already become almost a classic for many afrobeat lovers. Another Fela's crew legend, his former drummer Tony Allen who created afrobeat distinctive drumming beat, is also a cornerstone of this new afrobeat musical scene. He has produced several good records and has been collaborating on multiple projects since his come-back in 98.
But next to the Kuti's men, several collectives of musicians have also been really busy keeping the afrobeat vibes kicking.
Our 5th musical selection, "Long Live Afrobeat" is a quick snapshot of this musical movement presenting relatively recent tracks (oh yeah and one Black President great edit I found recently to add some fun) from some of these artists.

Brooklyn-based Antibalas are the leader of this underground scene. For the last 12 years they have been giving hundreds of amazing gigs all over the world, adding to their outstanding musical performances a humoristic and somewhat sarcastic political message truly reminiscent of Fela's approach.
In their wake, bands like The Souljazz Orchestra from Canada, Nomo from Chicago, The Budo's Band from Ny, Jimi Tenor & Kabu Kabu from Finland and Germany, Fanga from Montpellier, France or Akoya Afrobeat Ensemble from Ny, and a few others keep reinventing this music.

I hope you'll enjoy this selection, but please remember : Afrobeat is first and foremost a live experience so try to go and see these bands to really grasp the full power of this music.
For instance having seen Antibalas perform at least a dozen times since 1999, I can assure you cannot escape unscathed from such a phenomenal live experience.

Long live Afrobeat!

Tracklisting :
Karl Denson & Tiny Universe - Elephants
Antibalas - Big Man
The Souljazz Orchestra - Mojuba
Snowboy - Jazzakuti
Fela Kuti - Upside Down (S-Man's Flipside Edit)
Fu-Arkist-Ra - Fist Of Flowers
Nomo - Hand & Mouth
Tony Allen - Ijo
Jimi Tenor & Kabu Kabu - I Wanna Hook Up With You
Akoya - Star Wars

1 comment:

  1. Merci jm pour cette dédicace. C'est de la bombe surtout femi !!!!!