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Orlando Julius and The Heliocentrics: Jayeide Afro

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Gli inglesi Heliocentrics guidati da Malcolm Catto, sotto gli auspici dei padri Sun Ra e James Brown, hanno nel DNA la sensibilità per aprirsi alle migliori collaborazioni. Lo hanno fatto con Lloyd Miller (etnomusicologo e musicista di visionaria esperienza), con Mulatu Astatke (non serve vi ...


Blo: Phases 1972-1982

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The '70s were a tumultuous time in Nigerian music. The Afro-Carib-jazz sounds of highlife had swept West Africa, and funk was hitting hard. At any time in Lagos you could find a huge variety of cross-cultural fusions, melding Old and New World, tradition and invention. Out of this creative storm came many influential groups, some of ...


Various Artists: Nigeria 70: The Definitive Story of Funky Lagos

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Lest we neglect the under-represented sounds of West African funk, the folks at AfroStrut have put together a magnificent 3-disc compilation that celebrates the movement. Nigeria 70 reminds us of the spirit and diversity of the sounds that emerged around Lagos in the '70s with nearly 150 minutes of music. At the outset, let's make it ...