Mr Raoul K – Mande (Still Music STILLMDLP007 – 2012)

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Release date is in October 2012 A world citizen has returned to the home and reached an essential station in his musical career when after an inspiring trip to Mr Raoul K’s native Côte d’Ivoire his new album “Mande” is published on Chicago’s fine label Still Music.Already with the first releases on his own Baobab imprint Mr Raoul K showed increasingly more qualities than just being “mysterious” and “exotic” Lübeck-based producer of African origin. Despite of pursuing a moderate release schedule he quickly became a preferred deep house producer in Germany, his Wahlheimat since 1992.Now Raoul Konan N’dah Kouassi has completed his recent […]

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Afrobeat’s Tony Allen coming to Tallinn

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Tony Allen, a long-time companion of afrobeat icon Fẹla Aníkúlápó Kuti and drummer in his bands, does a gig at Rock Café in Tallinn, on 9 December. Along with Kuti, Allen has been a great influencer of African modern rhythm music. In the same, the gentleman who turned 70 this year, has spread the afro message in the European music scene and beyond.It’s a pity I have only fragmented knowledge of Allen’s productions, essentially limited to one CD I would like to share with you before the concert.Issued in 2008, the compilation “Lagos Shake: A Tony Allen Chop Up” (Honest […]

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Various – Tropical Discotheque EP (SOFR002) – 8/10

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The heat is on at Sofrito; after vintage afro club funk of “Soweto Disco” they come with a 2010 repress of “Tropical Discotheque EP”, carrying the same power and emotion as known from Sofrito’s previous releases. No artist credits but four edits or reworks of thriving floor tracks: A-side is filled with two quite similar versions of “African Disco Power”, with male vocal backing. On the B-side tempo is reduced in Caribbean-sounding “Calypso Path”, while “Disco La Calle” goes a bit cosmic, being the best track of the EP.

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