Just bought some nice fresh reissues of hard to find 70ies and early 80ies african grooves and soul tunes.
So here we go:
The first is a mini LP by Wayne Carter and the Organ Twisters out on mootrey´s studio is actually not a real reissue, but a 6 Song compilation of old 45″ singles from the 70ies. Especially “Let´s Run away from this world” is an incredible forgotton soul treasure!
Wayne is playing today still with a group called Dan Rivero Band.
More infos here at picadilly records :
“Wayne Carter was born in Carol County, Tennessee in 1936. When he was around eight years old, his father bought a piano for the family. Wayne taught himself to play songs he learned from the radio. By the time he was fifteen he left home to play in the Buster “B.W.” Morrison Band. They played in Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri, Mississippi, and Illinois. During the following years Wayne played with the Nat Story Band and the Billy Ray Band. In the early 1960s Wayne and family moved to Decatur, Illinois where he bought an A 100 Hammond Organ and started up his own band: Wayne Carter & Organ Twisters. (..) limited to 555 copies – properly mastered from original 45s – officially licensed”
Another more spiritual Jazz & Soul treasure is out on Superfly: S.O.L.A.R “faith for my mind”, released 1983 as the only published release of this band, who played in 2011 again in the old line up for some charity events, but all working for different other bands and projects now as the liner notes say.
“Long-awaited Superfly reissue of the ultra collectible Spiritual Jazz LP by the Source Of Life Arkestral Revelation, includes the great title track but the whole LP is a bliss – beautiful quality repress with paste on covers made in Japan and 180grs vinyl, limited to 1000 copies, don’t sleep!
Two other wonderful reissues are by Mr. Bongo . After their brazilian 70ies psychodelic reissues now they started to release essential african classic recordings like peter king, c.k. mann or ebo taylor´s early records, “Conflict” and the debut “Ebo Taylor”.
I bought the “Conflict album”, although there are 3 tracks already released on the Ebo Taylor: “life stories” compilation on STRUT, but I think this 1980 release combines with the alternate singing of male and female voice Ghana Highlife music at it´s best, in every minute of the 5 songs, so it´s surely worth having it.
“One of Ghanaʼs finest producer and arrangers, Ebo Taylor was involved in a lot of the afro-funk to emerge from the country in the 70s working with bands such as Apagya Show Band and fellow musicians such as C.K. Mann and Pat Thomas.
Conflict was originally released in 1980 and is finally seeing a long overdue reissue on Mr Bongo, following a partial remake as part of Taylorʼs Love and Death album.The five tracks that make up Conflict are a perfect example of Taylorʼs trademark approach that saw him inject a heavy dose of funk into Ghanaʼs traditional highlife grooves in an attempt to move away from what he saw as the musicʼs more traditional qualities.(..)”
At Last another amazing african release is by Gambia´s Guelewar Band “Acid trip from banjul to dakar”, out on kindred spirits:
Here are three videos of Songs to be found on this essential compilation:
Kele Fasane & Wollou & Suno Makaan
“Touki Ba Banjul is a compilation of the Gambian psych sensation Guelewar who played a major part in the development of the Afro Manding sound. From 1979-1982 the band released four albums, featuring some of Gambia’s best funk tunes. This official first time ever reissue features the highlights of their career.
Before Guelewar, Laaye N’Gorn, the lead singer of the band, was already one of Gambia’s most celebrated artists. He was the centre figure in The Supreme Eagles, with whom he played as the main act in one of Gambia’s succesful clubs ‘The Bambo No.1 Night Club’. In return for the succes the clubmanager offered them instruments, after which they renamed their band to the Super Alligators. Due to the mixture of western influences such as soul and funk with traditional and regional rhythms like boogaraboo and sawrouba, The Super Alligators had a unique sound. The result of this blend is known as the psychedelic sound of Gambia (Senegal).
In 1973 the Super Alligators decided to rename the group to Guelewar, Wolof’s for ‘noble warrior’.
After a turbulent couple of years with many musicians joining and leaving the band, Laaye managed to reform the band in order to record their first album in 1977. Over the course of the following five years Guelewar released a total of four albums, which are all filled with deep psychedelic funk gems. Due to the limited pressings, these albums are very much sought after by collectors. Kindred Spirits compiles the highlights of these albums which are presented on this double LP. Touki Ba Banjul is not only a must have for collectors of African music, but for music lovers worldwide.”