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Beginner's Guide to African Funk [Box set]

Various Artists Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (28 Sep 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Nascente
  • ASIN: B002MD3AUA
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,701 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Orlando Julius Ekemode - James Brown Ride On
2. Bembeya Jazz National - Petit Seckou
3. Beach Scorpions - Jealousy
4. Ry-Co Jazz - Mambo Ryco
5. The Funkees - Ole
6. ET Mensah -Odofo
See all 12 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Sir Victor Uwaifo & the Melody Maestros - Joromi
2. Rail Band - Lanseny
3. Geraldo Pino - Heavy Heavy Heavy
4. Super Djata De Bamako - Bimoko Magni
5. Stephen Osifa Amae chi & His Afro-Rhythm Skies - Afro Baby
6. Amadou Balake - Super Bar Konon Mousso
See all 11 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Amadou Balake - Taximen
2. Mulatu Astatke - Yegelle Tezeta
3. Bola Johnson - Lagos Sisi
4. Super Boiro Band - So I Si Sa
5. Super Eagles - Viva Super Eagles
6. Sombory Jazz - Nana
See all 12 tracks on this disc

Customer Reviews

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Misleading title but unbelievable value 27 May 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
First, let's be clear what this album isn't. It isn't a beginner's guide to African funk. Out of 35 tracks, maybe half a dozen could be classified as funk in any meaningful way. In fact, if I was playing a strictly funk set, there's hardly anything here I'd risk putting on. So, if you've bought this because you enjoyed the Africa Funk or Club Africa compilations, you're probably going to be disappointed.

But if your interest is in African music in its own right, specifically 60s and 70s West African electric dance music, this is just a joy. For a [...] post free you'd expect one CD of fairly obvious tunes, but instead you get three full length CDs stuffed with great tunes which are actually for the most part pretty obscure. I'm into this stuff and most of the tunes if not the artists were new to me.

Don't be put off by the price. This is one of those times when something that seems too good to be true is straight up. Senegalese band Xalam's "Ade" (arguably one of the very best tunes ever recorded by an African band and virtually unobtainable in its original form) is worth your [...] alone; the rest of the set's just one enormous extended bonus.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sick and slick 17 July 2010
Format:MP3 Download
Agreed with the other reviewers: I picked this bad boy up on a 2 for [] quid offer in a high street store. For the price it is unbelievable quality.

As with any compilation it's a mixed bag, but the vast majority of the tracks included in this selection are definitely not filler. As the other reviewer said it's not funk in any recognisable sense in the US tradition but most tracks carry a heavy groove.

The tracks swing from the lyrical to the heavyweight to the spiritual. The general level of musicality is outstanding. The quality of recording is pretty good, it's got a nice grittiness that doesn't compromise the music itself.

This is probably one of the cheapest ways of seriously expanding your mind, so do it.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Too Inexpensive? 19 Nov 2009
Format:Audio CD
When you see a 3 album set for such a low price, with a cover that looks (deliberately) amateur, the natural reaction is that it cannot be any good, or that the tracks will be in your collection on other albums. But if you want a primer to African music, upbeat dance, feelgood beats, or maybe want to take your guitar playing in a different direction...whatever the reason, this is a great place to start. These beginners guides will boost your collection, Nascente have a solid reputation, and this one is put together by Nigel Williamson, a contributing editor for the World Music mag Songlines. Track notes brief but informative, crazy horns, guitar lines that twist and turn, complex rhythms, dancehall voodoo, perhaps knowing what the words are about would spoil it. You can't go wrong. Open your ears and enjoy!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but: 25 Sep 2010
Format:Audio CD
Worth having as there is a broad range of modern African pop on this set BUT most of it is not funk!!!
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