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Contemporary Afro Beat
Various - Contemporary Afro Beat: A Fine Selection Of Some Of Today's Most Exciting Afro Beat Bands From All Over The World
(CD/LP/Digital) Tramp Records TRLP/CD-9010, 2011-02-14

This, the third volume in the Contemporary... series is indeed very special as it is simultaneously the tenth album released on Tramp Records. Afro Beat, the original hybrid of Jazz, Funk and West African highlife created by Fela Ransome-Kuti and Tony Allen in the late 1960s, is everything else than dead in 2011: Open your mind and ears and enjoy the exciting sounds of Odu, Afromotive, Jojo Quo & his Challengers and all the others. Fela declared his music "the progressive music of the future". Well, the future has come. This is Contemporary Afro Beat.
 
Contemporary Afro Beat
Various - Contemporary Afro Beat: A Fine Selection Of Some Of Today's Most Exciting Afro Beat Bands From All Over The World
(CD/LP/Digital) Tramp Records trlp/cd-9008, 2010-09-20

Tracklisting :
01. Fanga - Crache La Douleur
02. Afromotive - One Way Go
03. Odu - Afrobeat Principles #1 *
04. N'ghare Hi Power Band - Campus Rock
05. Jojo Quo & His Challengers - Every Woman Is Good Woman
06. Kokolo Afrobeat Orchestra - Donkey
07. The Boogoos - Them For Isaac Kirya *
08. Afrodita - Africa My Dear *
09. Akoya Afrobeat Ensemble - P.D.P.
10. Aphrodesia - Special Girl
11. Albino! - Jing Bong Wah
12. Afrodelic Stegosaurchestra - Matches
13. Express Brass Band - Radio Kabul
* previously unreleased

Links :
tramprecords.com
myspace.com/tramprecords
kudosrecords.co.uk (UK distribution)

Press Release :
Introduction by Tobias Kirmayer
This, the third volume in the 'Contemporary...' series is indeed very special as it is simultaneously the tenth album released on Tramp Records. When I founded the label in late 2003 I did not know that I would still be in the game eight years later. And though the uncharted waters of today's music business have been turbulent, this ship sails on.

I will continue to guide this label because my passion and desire is simply to spread honest music of independent artists. This is what I have always done with Tramp and I am very proud of every Tramp release. While at first Tramp stood especially for Funk and Soul, my interest in related genres progressed. Now, diving into the Tramp catalogue, you will encounter every shade of soulful music: Latin-Jazz, Afro Beat, Modern Soul and everything in between.

A very important detail for me is the organic and authentic sound of the music of the 1960s and 70s. Some people say it is old-fashioned to emulate the greats of this period. I do not agree with that at all. Being influenced by the music that was recorded in that period is not copying a particular style but preserving the atmosphere, mood and feeling of a 'Golden Era' in Funk, Soul and Jazz music. The analogue recording technique gives the music a human touch. This authenticity is very difficult to achieve with only digital equipment. The idea that music must sound 'squeaky-clean' is simply ridiculous. What of the more important elements of good music: vibe, groove, flavor, and style?

Finally, Thank YOU. Tramp exists to serve the needs of the music lover who is hungry for new sounds and new discoveries. Every time you purchase a Tramp release, you are casting your vote for a world in which independent ideas and creative artistic vision flourishes from the underground.

Afro Beat, the original hybrid of Jazz, Funk and West African highlife created by Fela Ransome-Kuti and Tony Allen in the late 1960s, is everything else than dead in 2011: Open your mind and ears and enjoy the exciting sounds of Odu, Afromotive, Jojo Quo & his Challengers and all the others. Fela declared his music "the progressive music of the future". Well, the future has come. This is Contemporary Afro Beat.
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