“Mariama”, a programme with African music. Afro, part 3.
End sixties, early seventies a movement arose in West Africa, especially in Nigeria and Ghana, that called itself ‘afro’. Young people from the big cities felt attracted to new sounds from the west and at the same time reverted to their old roots. A jumble of styles was produced: afro-beat, afro-rock and afro-funk. Ideas also blew over, like that of the human rights movement in the US and clothing styles from the hippies. And not to forget the matching long-hair styles: in this case afro-hair styles. This lifestyle of the ‘rebel youth’ in which a strong black consciousness was accompanied with an optimistic world view was viewed with a frown by the dominating class. Mariama provides an insight into the music of these turbulent times.
Mariama broadcasted part 1 and part 2 in January and February 2008. Now part 3 of these series, with a small selection of the flood of recent ‘afro’ releases.
CD: Nigeria 70 – Lagos Jump: Original Heavyweight Afrobeat Highlife& Afro-Funk (2008), Strut 035CD
1. “Yabis” – Sir Shina Peters & His International Stars
CD: Orlando Julius – Super Afro Soul (2008),Vampisoul 091 CD
2. “Ijo Soul” – Orlando Julius & His Modern Aces
CD: Afrobeat Nirvana – Vampisoul goes to Africa (2008), Vampisoul promo
3. “Lai Se” – Fela Ransome Kuti
CD: Tony Allen – Afro Disco Beat (2008), Vampisoul 090 CD
4. “African Message” – Tony Allen
CD: African Scream Contest – Raw & Psychedelic Afro Sounds from Benin & Togo 70s (2008), Analog Africa no.3 – AACD063
5. “Djanfa Magni” – Tidiani Koné & Orchestre Poly-Rythmo
6. “Leki Santchi” – Napo De Mi Amor et Ses Black Devils
CD: Nigeria Special – Modern Highlife, Afro-Sounds & Nigerian Blues 1970-6 (2008), Soundway SNDWCD009
7. “Akula Owu Onyeara” – The Funkees
CD: Nigeria Disco Funk Special – The Sound of the Underground Lagos Dance Floor 1974-79 (2008),Soundway SNDWCD010
8. “Take Your Soul” – The Sahara All Stars of Jos