African Scream Contest: Raw & Psychedelic Afro Sounds

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All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
The subtitle here, intriguing as it is, isn't completely accurate, since the emphasis is actually more on soul and funk than raw garage rock and psychedelia. Indeed, there's a strongJames Brown fixation for many artists here, and Roger Damawuzen should have won an award or a lawsuit for his uncanny imitation of the Godfather of Soul. It does get a little wild at times, as with "Congolaise Benin Ye" from Le Super Borgou de Parakou, but one thing that never falters here is the groove. Once a band latches onto it, they don't let go, keeping it rock-solid, but with plenty of polyrhythms happening as part of it, giving it a wonderful, flexible feeling. There's no a bad cut ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
The subtitle here, intriguing as it is, isn't completely accurate, since the emphasis is actually more on soul and funk than raw garage rock and psychedelia. Indeed, there's a strongJames Brown fixation for many artists here, and Roger Damawuzen should have won an award or a lawsuit for his uncanny imitation of the Godfather of Soul. It does get a little wild at times, as with "Congolaise Benin Ye" from Le Super Borgou de Parakou, but one thing that never falters here is the groove. Once a band latches onto it, they don't let go, keeping it rock-solid, but with plenty of polyrhythms happening as part of it, giving it a wonderful, flexible feeling. There's no a bad cut here, and it's obvious that this is the result of a labor of love -- the result of two-and-a-half years work and nine trips to the countries. It may be the Francophone influence that steers the musicians away from the more obvious English and American rock sounds, although you can definitely hear the Afro-Latin percussion of Santana in the mix and the fiery guitar work, too, at times. But whatever the artists are doing, they thankfully never try to ditch their Afro roots -- which, of course, are the bedrock of soul and rock. This all takes it in another, fabulous direction. In many ways it proved to be a bit of a dead end historically, but the music that came out of it is nothing less than sublime. And keep the player going after the last track for the hidden bonus. It's worthwhile.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/9/2008
  • Label: Analog Africa
  • EAN: 4260126060630
  • Catalog Number: 63
  • Sales rank: 59,861

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mi Kple Dogbekpo - Lokonon Andre (3:54)
  2. 2 Mi Ma Kpe Dji (4:06)
  3. 3 It's a Vanity - Gabo Brown & Orchestre Poly-Rythmo (4:22)
  4. 4 Se Na Min (3:21)
  5. 5 Leki Santchi - Ses Black Devil's (3:25)
  6. 6 Gbeti Madjro (2:54)
  7. 7 Wait for Me (3:19)
  8. 8 Vinon So Minsou - Black Santiagos (4:57)
  9. 9 Ye Nan Lon An (3:03)
  10. 10 Djanfa Magni - Tidiani Koné & Orchestre Poly-Rythmo (9:51)
  11. 11 Houiou Djin Nan Zon Aklumon (4:18)
  12. 12 Congolaise Benin Ye - Orchestre Super Borgou De Parakou (2:59)
  13. 13 Ou C'est Lui ou C'est Moi - Vincent Ahehehinnou (10:06)
  14. 14 Oya Ka Jojo (13:23)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Nick Robbins Mastering
Banning Eyre Proof Reading
Roger Damawuzan Liner Notes
Ouinsou Corneille Liner Notes
Lokonon Andre Liner Notes
Vincent Ahehehinnou Liner Notes
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