Essential Reissues : Amara Touré & Mary Afi Usuah

Just a quick post before heading to the Fusion Festival in Mecklenburg, Lärz. From Guinée Conakry comes Amara Touré. Analog Africa is releasing a beautifully designed compilation of ten of the most hypnotic afro-cuban spiritual tracks. Essential.

Analog Africa

The enigmatic Amara Touré from Guinée Conakry finally getting a well deserved compilation showcasing all of the 10 songs ever released between 1973 and 1980. Cuban influenced music of a different kind featuring amazing spaced-out guitar works!!

“Latin music, is it really foreign to us Africans? I don’t think so. Listen to the drums, to the rhythm. It all seems very close to us – it feels like it’s our own culture”, declared enigmatic singer Amara Touré.

It is the late 50s, and Senegal is going crazy to the groove of Son Montuno and Patchanga. Brought to West Africa by Cuban sailors in the early 40s, these styles were immediately adopted by a flourishing music scene that did not hesitate to embrace the Caribbean sound, mixed it with their own Folklore, and, in the process, created something new. Through the unique cultural fusion of West African and Caribbean influences, Latin music took on a new and unique sound – the format was reinvented.

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It took only ten songs for Amara Touré to become a legend. These ten treasures, representing Touré ́s complete discography, have been carefully re-mastered from original session tapes and vinyl records, and will be released by Analog Africa on 22 June 2015.

After the release of his LP in 1980, Touré seems to have disappeared. Apparently he was last seen in Cameroon but it is unknown if he is still alive today. His music though is definitely alive.

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Another african treasure and “real” reissue is released by voodoo funk voodoo funk blog :

From Nigeria is singer Mary Afi Usuah having released the debut LP Ekpenyong Abasi in 1975, being trained in opera, rock and jazz in Europe, you´ll find all this influences, combined with afro funk elements on this ecclectic mysterious LP.

Listen:

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