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Loik - Afro 70's

Loik afro 70s
Loik - Afro 70's
(MP3 Podcast on Kraked, 2006-01-10

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Tracklisting :
01. Geraldo Pino & The Heartbeats - Let's Have A Party
(from 'Let's Have A Party' LP, 1974 / reissue 2005 / Soundway) Sierra Leone
02. Unknown - Promo 45
03. Wali & The Afro Caravan - Zulu For Hugh
(from 'Home Lost & Found (The Natural Sound Of The Afro-Underground)' 1970 / Solid State) USA
04. Amadou Balake - Aminata Du The
(from 'Vol.2: Bar Konan Mousso Bar' 1978 / Sacodis) Burkina Faso
05. Sabú Martínez - My Cristina
(from 'Afro Temple' 1973 / Grammofonverket) USA
06. Sonny Okosun - Odenigbo
(from 'Ozzidi' 1976 / Pathé Marconi) Nigeria
07. Ofo The Black Company - Allah Wakbarr
(from 'Allah Wakbarr' 7inch, 1972 / Decca) Nigeria
available on 'Nigeria 70' and 'World Psychedelic Classics 3' compilations

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Selected and mixed by Dj Loik (Kraked)


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Djouls Djouls ·  16 January 2006, 13:33

Vu sur :
It was just a matter of time, before underground podcasts took over the reigns from pirate radio and became a forum for some of the finest underground DJs around the globe. There's a site with some podcasts from Paris that blow any old-schoolers mind. Paris being the hub for African Pop there are some great mixes of rare 45s from that continent. They also just released two podcasts with incedible Salsoul and Afro Funk from the 70s.

eFBé eFBé ·  16 January 2006, 16:55

after that vintage soundtrack podcast i was lookin' forward
to fetch anotha' mix from loik and i'm not disappointed at all.
keep on spinnin' funksoulbrothaz!

Djouls Djouls ·  26 March 2006, 21:09

Vu sur Fuzzylogic :
This all started a couple of weeks ago when I went clubbing. Yes, really. A fundraiser for a friend's niece who has a rare, aggressive and expensive-to-treat-in-the-US form of cancer.

I asked two important questions that evening. The first was to the excruciatingly sexy and very dark black-skinned man in the four-row diamante choker. The second was to the DJ.

The track which I had to find the name of turned out to be (naughty hot-link to mp3 sample, limited time up) The Champ by The Mohawks. Now obviously I'm not hip and cool and suchlike otherwise I would already have known about this key track. But you have to credit me with good taste. And I managed to remember the name, which I might easily otherwise have forgotten, because my native American forebear was a Mohawk.

I have to have this track. I have to play it on repeat for hours at a time. At maximum volume.

But there is a problem. I cannot find it available anywhere as anything other than vinyl. A CD would be fine, an mp3 perfect. But vinyl is no use. I don't have a record player. (If anyone can point me in the right direction, and not to a record player... )

What I did find was Paris DJs Podcast, a collection of wild podcasts made by, as you might have guessed, DJs based in Paris. The selection This is Reggae Soul contains a (woefully) short snatch of the track. In fact it's about the same length as the sample I linked to above.

Now I might be frustrated in my search for that particular track but I have a lot to thank the Paris DJs for. In particular this morning I was listening to their Afro 70s mix as I waited for the tube. It was impossible to keep still. I was seized with an almost uncontrollable urge to shake my funky thing, and my efforts not to seem utterly unhinged probably resulted in the appearance of a severe case of St Vitus's dance.

The best of this selection, without a doubt, is the almost indescribable Allah Wakbarr by the Nigerian band Ofo The Black Company. I'm assuming that Allah Wakbarr is a variant spelling of Allah hu Akbar, God is Great, the opening of the Muslim call to prayer. I'm not venturing to attempt my own description of the track because I've already read this in Stylus Magazine:

The guitar on this is what “I Heard Her Call My Name” would’ve sounded like had Lou Reed’s shock therapy been given by secret police making him stand in a puddle with the cables crocodile-clipped to the scrotum instead of at a relatively clean and pleasant American nuthatch.

Devotional it may be, but it don't sound like no qawwali that's for sure.

It's available on two albums that I can locate - Nigeria 70: The Definitive Story of Funky Lagos which seems to be CD only (but which I must have), and World Psychedelic Classics: Love's a Real Thing which, if you followed the link you will see is available as an mp3 download from the (new-to-me) site (No monthly fee, higher-than-usual quality mp3s, exciting range of artists, labels etc.)

Of course I would already have known all about this track if I'd tuned in earlier to mattyg.

And now, since I'm the proud possessor of the tune in question, it seems only right to share it, at least for a short time.

jones jones ·  28 March 2006, 19:18

no comment necessary

Trev Trev ·  08 August 2006, 16:21

Whoohoo ! Just digging the Amadou Balake track... the best funk tune I have heard for years....JB where are you ?
The word is spreading....

aduna aduna ·  12 June 2008, 04:38

Le second morceau (unknow-promo copy) est un extrait du titre "Djangfa Magni" (17 minutes) par le TP Orchestre Poly Rythmo de Cotonou.

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