sat 26 jan 2008 11:02 
Genre: Afrobeat

“Mariama”, a programme with African music. Afro part 1.

In the late 60s, early 70s, a movement came to be in west Africa, especially in Nigeria and Ghana, called ‘afro’. Young people from the big cities were attracted to new sounds from the west, and at the same time returned to their early roots. A mixture of styles was the result: afro-beat, afro-rock and afro-funk. Many ideas were passed on such as that of the human rights movement in the US, and dressing styles of the hippies. And not to forget the accompanying hairstyle: the big afro haircuts. This lifestyle of the ‘rebellious youth’, where strong black consciousness was linked to an optimistic world view, was looked at by the upper class with a frowning gaze. Mariama provides a look at the music of this turbulent time.
CD: Poor Man No Get Brother (2002), Strut ACD005
1. You Killing Me – Segun Bucknor
CD: Orlando’s Afro Ideas 1969-72 (2003), Soundway #004/Ekosound #001
2. James Brown Ride On – Orlando Julius & his Afro Sounders
CD: Heavy Heavy Heavy, RetroAfric #20
3. Let Them Talk – Geraldo Pino & the Heartbeats
CD: Ghana Soundz – Afro-beat, funk and fusion in 70’s Ghana (2002), Soundway #001
4. Heaven – Ebo Taylor
CD: The Danque!! – a compilation of West African funk (2004), Afrodisiac Records
5. Just a Moment – George Danquah
CD: Ghana Soundz – Afro-beat, funk and fusion in 70’s Ghana. Volume 2 (2004), Soundway #003
6. Kye Kye Pe Aware – The Sweet Talks
7. No Condition is Permanent – Marijata
CD: Booniay!! – a compilation of West African Funk (2004), Afrodisiac Records
8. Menyeckse – Atomic Bomb Zigoto
CD: T.P. Orchestre Poly-Rythmo – The Kings of Benin Urban Groove 1972-80 (2004), Soundway #004
9. Mi Si Ba To – T.P. Orchestre Poly-Rythmo
CD: Moussa Doumbia – Keleya (2007), Oriki Music #003
10. Femme d’aujourd’hui – Moussa Doumbia