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Africa Airways One: Connection Funk 1973-1979 / African Seven

Tala AM, Jo Tongo, Manu Dibango, Jo Bisso, Sookie,  Ekambi Brillant, Africa Airways One, Africa Seven, Test Pressing, Review, Dr Rob

An excellent compilation that really serves as a sampler, a warning shot across your bow, from a new label called Africa Seven. A heads-up to a re-issue program based on the mission statement,“Is it of African origin? Does it have a beat? Do we like it?”

Most of the names on here might be familiar to those with long-standing wants lists: Tala AM, Jo Tongo, Manu Dibango, Jo Bisso, Sookie. Clean originals being not so easy to find. Pick of the ten tracks for me is Ekambi Brillant`s “Africa Africa” with its thump like Johnny Wakelin`s “In Zaire” crossed with Sergio Mendes` “What Is This?” and huge arcs of distressed gull, blind lemon feedback.

Tala AM, Jo Tongo, Manu Dibango, Jo Bisso, Sookie, Ekambi Brillant, Africa Airways One, Africa Seven, Test Pressing, Review, Dr Rob

Tala AM, Jo Tongo, Manu Dibango, Jo Bisso, Sookie, Ekambi Brillant, Africa Airways One, Africa Seven, Test Pressing, Review, Dr Rob

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