The Rough Guide To Psychedelic Africa
Far-out psychedelic-sounding rock mixed with a thick dollop of deep funk and soul was massively popular during the 1960s and 1970s in Africa. This Rough Guide features some hand-picked gems from the archive such as Victor Uwaifo and Balla Et Ses Balladins, and includes tracks by unstoppable psychedelic veterans Ebo Taylor and Orchestre Poly-Rythmo, who are still releasing top-quality mind-bending grooves today.
Includes bonus CD by Victor Uwaifo
- Listen Victor Olaiya's All Stars Soul International: Let Yourself Go (2:09)
- Listen Celestine Ukwu: Obialu Be Onye Abiagbunia Okwukwe (6:17)
- Listen Orchestre Poly-Rythmo: Pardon (3:43)
- Listen Orchestra del la Paillote: Kadia Blues (5:00)
- Listen Alèmayèhu Eshètè: Eruq yalèshew (3:34)
- Listen Balla Et Ses Balladins: Fadakudu (5:44)
- Listen Mlimani Park Orchestra: Taxi Driver (6:24)
- Listen Orchestra Baobab : Nijaay (7:14)
- Listen Ebo Taylor: Nga Nga (5:25)
- Listen Victor Uwaifo: Guitar Boy (5:43)
- Listen Rail Band: Wale Numa Lombaliya (13:26)
The 1960s and 1970s across Africa were decades defined by bright optimism and clashing sensibilities. Music plunged through the heart of this dynamic time and was a powerful tool of expression. Far-out psychedelic-sounding rock mixed with a thick dollop of deep funk and soul became the sound of a generation.
On this Rough Guide Nigerian guitar maestro Sir Victor Uwaifo employs the sweet harmonies and gently lilting textures of highlife, mixed with echoing horns and distorted guitar lines, resulting in a heady psychedelic brew. His seminal track ‘Guitar Boy’, included on this album, was a huge hit in 1966. Celestine Ukwu’s gentle track ‘Obialu Be Onye Abiagbunia Okwukwe’ also includes a highlife groove, played at a laid-back tempo and teasingly interspersed with swooping, bent notes played on a pedal steel guitar. On ‘Let Yourself Go’, Olaiya rasps and growls his vocals above tightly stacked horn lines that, along with the percussion, pound out a straight-ahead groove.
East African psychedelic music often has a darker, jazzier feel, inferred from the use of traditional modes and harmonies. Hailing from Ethiopia, Alèmayèhu Eshèté’s music is brooding Ethio-jazz with a splash of psychedelia in the form of a winding high-pitched guitar, a booming amplified bass line and interjecting keyboard figures.
This Rough Guide also includes music from musicians who have successfully re-launched their careers on the contemporary ‘world music’ scene. Enjoy the revived retro sounds of Orchestra Baobab, Orchestre Poly-Rythmo and Ebo Taylor.
To top it all off this original compilation comes with a full-length bonus album from none other than Sir Victor Uwaifo himself. First recorded in 1971, enjoy Ekassa in fully re-mastered splendour.