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African Experimentals (1972-1979)
  • Artist: Afro National
  • Label: African Seven
  • UPC: 5055373542713
  • Item #: 2105263X
  • Genre: Soul/R & B
  • Release Date: 12/7/2018
  • Rank: 1000000000
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Price: $28.54
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African Experimentals (1972-1979) on LP

Vinyl LP pressing. The Afro National band was formed in Freetown, Sierra Leone in 1972. Their inspirational leader, Sulay Abu Bakarr accompanied by his wife Patricia and Ayo Roy Macauley split from the Sabanoh Jazz Band to form their new group. They skillfully merged highlife and jazz sounds with a deep knowledge of West African sounds. Growing to become one of the premiere bands to emerge from Sierra Leone they not only defined the sound of the country for a generation but also crafted some of the country's most popular and memorable songs (for example Sonjo which is included on this collection). Our collection focuses on possibly not the best-known songs of the band but the tracks which have the rhythms to move the dance floor. We open with the foot tapping "Jokenge" and it's driving shuffle beat, swirling organ and percussive guitar lines. "Push Am Forward" takes a afro-psychadelic turn with it's hypnotic rhythms and driving distorted guitar. "Mr Who You Be" is a cover of the Fela Kuti track, doing it fine justice. "Gowa" highlights the vocal prowess of the band, as dose the ever popular "Sonjo" (the version featured here is a rare alternate recording).