Monday, July 07, 2008
Sometimes a picture tells a thousand words, and a title tells a thousand more: Psychedelic Afro-Rock and Fuzz Funk In 1970s Nigeria. This CD/2LP came out recently on the UK imprint, Soundway, a label whose track record in bringing the world the best in yesteryear grooves from Africa and Latin America remains unbeatable, and it will stand tall by December the 31st as one of the best archival releases of the last 12 months. Screeching P-Funk/JBs-damaged psych-funk from Nigeria, a fact which has me only thinking of how much good music there is to discover out there before I croak. Nigerian psychedelic funk from the 1970s. I'll file that right next to Ethiopian soul-jazz and Russian avant-improv from the same period as genres you just never woulda guessed... but if you've never heard any Mulatu Astatke, Getatchew Mekurya or the Ganelin Trio, then there's no time like now.