Reviewed this week
A staple selection from Strut since its Nigeria 70 collection, this momentous piece of musical history dates back to 1979 when iconic vocalist Shina brought together the likes of Biddy Wright, Fred Fisher, Saliu Alabi and more decorated Nigerian musicians for a one-off supergroup. This epic, slippery freeform 11 minute piece of pure Afrofunk was the timeless result. Having enjoyed a handful of reissues and returns in its near 40 year life, this is the first time it's been remastered and delivered with all its original artwork and a full list of credits. Perfect to the very detail.
With just two tracks, it might sound strange that this 1979 release can be called an album. What if we told you that these two tracks boast more musical magic over their collective thirty minutes than any revered double album you care to mention. Recorded in Lagos, this second album by Fela Kuti disciple and Kalakuta Republic member Kingsley Bucknor, who along with the 16-strong group Afrodisk Beat and 10 back up singers, produced this highly praised slice of Afrobeat joy.
The Orchestra Soledad's only LP from 1971 has been going for sums nearing the $1000 mark on Ebay and Discogs, which makes this reissue move by Gilles Peterson something of a Godsend. The Brooklyn salsa legends have been near impossible to find on digital either, and we're no proud to have this incredible record on our charts. Trust us when we say that it's one of those LPs that'll have you hooked and bound to your speakers/headphones form the moment you put it on; it's also enedlessly pleasing to find an LP which maintains a quality momentum for its whole duration. The tunes are made of something special, a moody NYC sensibility that somehow permeates into a genre so upbeat as salsa. Similar to the gear that Honest Jon's has put out for decades, this is a special moment of history.
Bullerengue is a tradition that originated in the Caribbean region of Colombia. It is through the drums, chants, and dances that knowledge is transmitted from generation to generation. It is also a lifestyle: a way to celebrate festivities and the African legacy in Colombia. Bulla en el Barrio was born in New York City as a way to continue a learning process that started back in Baranquilla, Colombia. It culminated with the arrival of lead singer Carolina Oliveros to the city in 2013, and her connection with a tight-knit group of local Colombian musicians. They began to fill parks and other public places with the sounds of their home country to a small audience. The tradition of El Bullrengue is at the core of Bulla's process, and in the case of these recordings, you will hear two examples ("Fandango"/"Chalupa") of the three different rhythmic structures that make up the sound. From the beginning of Bulla, the group has since transformed into a community of over 12 active members who all share a strong sense of connection to their roots - and a consciousness of their ancestors.