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Peter King - Shango

Peter King Shango
Peter King - Shango
(CD/2xLP) Strut STRUTACD006/STRUTALP006, 2002-04-29

Strut's Afrostrut subsidiary label has slowly been uncovering a mine of Afro funk gold from the dusty vaults of Lagos, Nigeria. Some of the music has never been heard outside of Africa, some has never been heard at all, recorded but never released. Such is the case with Peter King's lost album, 'Shango'.

King is one of the great Nigerian jazz and Afro funk musicians of his time, studying and recording most of his best work in the UK. He forged an unlikely alliance with reggae producer Sonny Roberts in the early '70s, recording two excellent highlife / Afro-jazz albums for Roberts' Orbitone label and two further albums of ballads as Roberts pushed Peter in a more commercial direction. King, however, was feeling his music a whole lot funkier and recorded the tough, politically motivated 'Shango' set in London, seeking a release through Island. It was not picked up and has remained unreleased ever since.

The album is a lost classic with no compromise hard Afro-funk dancefloor bombs sitting alongside more reflective, downtempo ghetto psychedelia. The lyrics are hard-hitting, borrowing the 'no sell out' messages of black power USA and the musicianship on the album is incredible - great players all locked into layers of rough Afro percussion. Simply an essential album for any Afrobeat or funk fan.

Peter King Shango
Peter King - Shango
(CD/2xLP) Strut STRUTACD006/STRUTALP006, 2002-04-29

Tracklisting CD :
01 Shango 5:40
02 Prisoner Of Law 5:41
03 Mr Lonely Wolf 6:55
04 Freedom Dance 4:14
05 Go Go's Feast 7:46
06 Mystery Tour 6:17
07 Now I'm A Man 3:37
08 Watusi 4:46

Tracklisting 2xLP :
A1 Shango 5:40
A2 Prisoner Of Law 5:41
B1 Mr Lonely Wolf 6:55
B2 Freedom Dance 4:14
C1 Go Go's Feast 7:46
C2 Mystery Tour 3:37
D1 Now I'm A Man 6:17
D2 Watusi 4:46

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Credits :
Bass - David Williams
Congas - Paul Edoh
Drums - James Menin
Guitar - Arthur Simon
Saxophone [Alto] - Humphrey Okoh-Turner
Saxophone, Flute - Peter King
Trumpet - Mike Falana

All tracks written by Peter King.
Licenced courtesy of Peter King.
Recorded at Camden Town Studios London, 1974.
Never released until 2002.


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