V/A, Africa Airways One (Funk Connection 1973-1980)  
V/A
Africa Airways One (Funk Connection 1973-1980)
GBR 1xLP 
Label: Africa Seven
Release Year: 2015
Style: Latin & Brasil & Afro
 
  Tracks  
  1 Africa Africa
Ekambi Brillant
2 Black Gold
Tala A.M.
3 Kag Am
Kemayo
4 Jangolo
Jo Tongo
5 Mimbo
Manu Dibango
6 Give It Up
Jo Bisso
7 Mbongui
M'Bamina
8 Father Time, Mother Nature
Jake Sollo
9 Choco Date
Sookie
10 Nande
African Soul Band
 
  Its early 2015. Welcome to Africa Seven. We are a new record label. We may be based in Paris and London but our hearts firmly rooted in the universal motherland. We love African music, we want everyone to hear it and we want to spread the love. We are a collective of crate diggers, afro music-heads, label spotters and vinyl buying obsessives. We don't have any particular musical release agenda apart from, "is it of African origin, does it have a beat?, do we like it?". For the first few releases on Africa Seven we are exploring a rich seam of creativity and groove from the 70's. Stand by for re-issues from Manu Dibango, Jake Sollo, Jo Tongo, Pasteur Lappe and Tala AM to name but a few.

Trying to decide our first release was a long drawn out affair. Everyone had their favorites...,. Would it Manu, Tala, Ray, Jake or Jo? In the end we just couldn't decide. To keep the peace we settled on a taster compilation called "African Airways Vol 01". Think of it as a statement of intent. A sample of aural treats in store. As for the cheesy name, well...,.. we like African Music, who doesn't like air hostesses? and we are aeroplane geeks. It was a no-brainer really.

Volume 1 of Africa Airways focuses on the funkier side of 70s African music. We can't think of any better way to start an African compilation than some pounding, powerful, masterful African drumming. Thank you Ekambi Brilliant, you sure know how to set up an opening track. Next up we jump to the Cameronian king of the Tchamassi dance, Tala Andre Marie (Tala AM is his snazzier moniker). "Black Gold" is a track that really says it all. Cant-sit-still grooves, masterfully jangly guitars and a really cool nascent use of synthesizers. Is it possible to play a song over and over again 300 times? - we think so. Elvis Kemayo is next up with the funky assault. Big brass, big basslines and happy times. Cameroonian native Jo Tongo, now lives in New York but back in the 70s he was part of the Fiesta label massive who were cranking out great records in Paris. "Jangolo" is quite possibly his finest moment. Keeping things Cameroon to finish up side one is the Saxophone master Manu Dibango. "Mimbo" is jazzy, darty gem. Manu recently turned 80 and celebrated with a series of gigs. A true afro legend with over 30 albums to his name. Quite a few have never been re-issued since the 70s and they are now patiently queued up on our release schedule.

Opening side two of our vinyl is Jo Bisso. Give It Up is a funky, brass however from 1977 on the Disques Esperance label. Next up is "Mbongui". Did you think a flute in African music could sound this funky? Nigerian Jake Sollo met with an untimely death but his music lives on. Jake was a leader of one of the first wave of funky afro bands to come out of Nigeria in the early 70s, "The Funkees". "Father Time and Mother Nature" retains all those key elements of what made his band so successful. Sookie are next up with their US style funk..., but with an African twist. To finish up the LP Paris based "African Soul Band" bring out the dark strings, chanted Senegalese vocals and mirroring marimbas for their epic closer "Nande" from 1978.

Stay tuned for more Africa Seven releases on CD, Vinyl and Digital. Our next release is from the Cameroonian Saxophone master Manu Dibango with a rare 1977 Film Soundtrack "Ceddo". Think thoughtful, brooding afrobeat meets Shaft.
 
      Wish List  
  Price: CHF 28.00   Add to Cart  
  Releases of the same artist  
  V/A - Compiled by Jan Schulte, Tropical Drums Of Deutschland  
V/A - Compiled by Jan Schulte
Tropical Drums Of Deutschland
[Music For Dreams ]
EUR 2xLP  Wish List
CHF 29.00 Restocking!
 
  V/A (Mass Hysteria presents), Chicago Underworld Vol. 2  
V/A (Mass Hysteria presents)
Chicago Underworld Vol. 2
[White]
USA 1xCD  Wish List
CHF 20.00 Add To Cart
 
  Releases of the same label  
  Charly Kingson, Born In Africa  
Charly Kingson
Born In Africa
[Africa Seven]
GBR 1xLP  Wish List
CHF 36.00 Add To Cart
 
  Ekambi Brillant, African Funk Experimentals (1975-1982)  
Ekambi Brillant
African Funk Experimentals (1975-1982)
[Africa Seven]
GBR 1xLP  Wish List
CHF 28.00 Add To Cart
 
  Eko, Funky Disco Music  
Eko
Funky Disco Music
[Africa Seven]
GBR 1xLP  Wish List
CHF 35.00 Add To Cart
 
  J. M. Tim & Foty, African Funk Experimentals (1977-1979)  
J. M. Tim & Foty
African Funk Experimentals (1977-1979)
[Africa Seven]
GBR 1xLP  Wish List
CHF 35.00 Add To Cart
 
  Jo Bisso, Dance To It  
Jo Bisso
Dance To It
[Africa Seven]
GBR 1xLP  Wish List
CHF 28.00 Restocking!
 
  Jo Tongo , Jo Tongo  
Jo Tongo
Jo Tongo
[Africa Seven]
GBR 1xLP  Wish List
CHF 28.00 Add To Cart
 
  Jo Tongo , African Funk Experimentals (1968-1982+2017)  
Jo Tongo
African Funk Experimentals (1968-1982+2017)
[Africa Seven]
GBR 1xLP  Wish List
CHF 28.00 Add To Cart
 
  M'Bamina, Experimental  
M'Bamina
Experimental
[Africa Seven]
GBR 1xLP  Wish List
CHF 30.00 Restocking!
 
  Manu Dibango, Ceddo (Bande Originale Du Film)  
Manu Dibango
Ceddo (Bande Originale Du Film)
[Africa Seven]
GBR 1xLP  Wish List
CHF 28.00 Restocking!
 
  Pasteur Lappe, African Funk Experimentals 1979 to 1981  
Pasteur Lappe
African Funk Experimentals 1979 to 1981
[Africa Seven]
GBR 1xLP  Wish List
CHF 30.00 Restocking!
 
  Pasteur Lappe, Na Man Pass Man  
Pasteur Lappe
Na Man Pass Man
[Africa Seven]
GBR 1xLP  Wish List
CHF 29.00 Add To Cart
 
  Sorry Bamba, Sorry Bamba Du Mali  
Sorry Bamba
Sorry Bamba Du Mali
[Africa Seven]
GBR 1xLP  Wish List
CHF 25.00 Add To Cart
 
  Sory Bamba, Du Mali  
Sory Bamba
Du Mali
[Africa Seven]
GBR 1xLP  Wish List
CHF 30.00 Add To Cart
 
  Tala A.M., African Funk  
Tala A.M.
African Funk
[Africa Seven]
GBR 1xLP  Wish List
CHF 28.00 Restocking!
 
Adonis
No Way Back
[Get On Down]
Antikkka
Club Goers EP
[Mixworks]
Ben Pirani
Light Of My Life
[Colemine Records]
Bluestaeb
Everything is Always a Process
[Jakarta Records]
Christy Essien
One Understanding
[Afrodisia ]
Chuck Strangers
Consumers Park
[Nature Sounds]
Colored Music
Individual Beauty
[Japanism]
Express Rising
Fixed Rope Vol. 2
[Numero Group / Express Rising Re]
Ijahman Levi
I Am A Levi
[Basic Replay]
Jonny Benavidez & Cold Diamond & Mink
Let's Get Together
[Timmion Records]
Lack Of Afro
Jack Of All Trades
[LOA Records]
Leon Vynehall
Nothing Is Still
[Ninja Tune]
Luke Le Loup
Wolf Juice
[Oro Negro]
Main Flow & Mil Beats
Sounds Of Silence
[Efficienz]
Metro Area
Metro Area
[Environ]
Michal Turtle feat HOVE
Middle of the Road Less Travelled
[Light Of Other Days]
Mike Nyoni & Born Free
My Own Thing
[Now Again]
Miskotom
Palms Leisure Club
[Pleasure Wave]
Mr. Fingers
Cerebral Hemispheres
[Alleviated Records]
Ned Doheny
Think Like A Lover (Mudd's Extended Mix)
[Be With Records]
Potatohead People
Nick & Astro's Guide To The Galaxy
[Bastard Jazz]
Roc Marciano
RR2- The Bitter Dose
[Fat Beats]
Sebb Bash
Imports
[ALC Records]
Spice 1
Spice 1
[Get On Down]
The Pendletons
Funk Forever
[Bastard Jazz]
Toshio Matsuura Group
LOVEPLAYDANCE: 8 Scenes From The Floor
[Brownswood Recordings]
Umse
Flammenwerfer
[Jakarta Records]
Westside Gunn x Mr.Green
FLYGOD Is Good... All The Time
[Nature Sounds]
Willie Colon
Wanted By The FBI / The Big Break
[Get On Down]
  1. V Don & Willie The Kid
Blue Notes
 
  2. Nu Guinea
Nuova Napoli
 
  3. Roc Marciano
RR2- The Bitter Dose
 
  4. Icon Curties
Modus Operandi
 
  5. khaderbai
The Khaderbai Beat Diaries
 
  6. Michal Turtle feat HOVE
Middle of the Road Less Travelled
 
  7. Pablo's Eye
Spring Break
 
  8. Acayouman
Funky Reggae
 
  9. Hunee
Hunchin' All Night
 
  10. Ice
Reality