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"........" - That's me speechless listening to this incredible music,
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This review is from: African Scream Contest: Raw & Psychedelic Afro Sounds From Benin & Togo (Audio CD)
I almost choked on my cornflakes in delight when I put this record on.
Samy Ben Redjeb has certainly done some hardcore searching, sifting through thousands of dusty vinyl stored in scorpion-infested warehouses to put together a compilation of such high quality it's left me scraping around for superlatives. I'm trying to think of ways to fault this record to provide some balance but, in truth, the best I can come up with is the usual problem with compilations, particularly African ones, in that each track leaves me begging for more of the same artist, yet with little clue as to how I'm going to get hold of it.
That aside, it's also pretty difficult to describe. Imagine mooching about in Benin or Togo [I think I need to revisit these countries and do some musical exploration of my own], looking East and West at your more illustrious neighbours. I'm hungry. A dollop of Juju, a smattering of Highlife, mix it all up with Afrobeat sauce and sprinkle in some funk and soul from the States. Maybe add a little Congolese guitar, just to taste, and a tiny bit of the prevailing Cuban sound. Hmm. Something's missing. Oh yeah - whack in the meat; local styles and beats such as Sato, Agbadja, and...BAM! The result is a musical feast that will blow you away and make you want to shake your derrière in the kitchen window without a care in the world about what the neighbours think.
From the very first track, this album explodes into life and doesn't give up. It comes highly recommended. More, please!