Various Afrobeat Airways 2: Return Flight to Ghana 1974-1983

Various Afrobeat Airways 2: Return Flight to Ghana 1974-1983
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Ever wonder what it'd be like to crisscross West Africa visiting record shops, digging in the crates for rare vinyl gems, hearing the stories and soaking up the vibe and food? Well, this is what you'd be spinning when those moments become memories. Following up the first Afrobeat Airways compilation, which visited Ghana and Togo, Samy Ben Redjeb (our tour guide to this amazing part of the globe) has stayed in Ghana, bringing the analog funk that made the world a better place. There are 13 tracks of rare groove funk, drawing influences from straight-up James Brown (the Cutlass Band) to organ-fuelled Afro-rock with all the trimmings (Ios Issufu and his Muslims) to references and reverences to highlife (deFranks Band) to a stunning garage rock epic by deFrank and his Professionals ("Louie Louie" never sounded so funky). This an amazing collection of tracks that finally gives a roots sound its due, tracing the influences American/British '60s music had on West Africa and how they were transformed into something new. (Analog Africa)