World Psychedelic Classics, Vol. 3: Love's a Real Thing

World Psychedelic Classics, Vol. 3: Love's a Real Thing


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World Psychedelic Classics, Vol. 3: Love's a Real Thing

Fela Kuti's '70s Afro-pop wasn't the only funky fusion in town. Across the continent, black American music injected local dance traditions with a taste of bass. These rare tracks from Ghana, Guinea, Senegal, and beyond reveal the influence of soul brothers from James Brown to Jimi Hendrix on the music of the motherland. Of course, this being a Luaka Bop production, one doesn't expect a dusty assessment of cultural interactions, trade routes, and the social mores of Malian discotheques. While indicative of the great tumult across Africa in the late '60s, with liberation movements and wars lighting up the continent, this is fuzzy, freaky stuff: Afro-funk piled on with grunts, howls, piercing wah guitar, and outer-space echo effects. The pidgin English reflected in the title adds another level of loopy strangeness to the set. The highlight, though, has to be the sparse proto-electro-funk of "You Better Change Your Mind," William Oyeabor's plea for international and interracial understanding, which strips down hypnotic African rhythms into a language even the most casual Talking Heads fan will understand. Add a little Cuban flavor, redolent of Senegalese musical tastes during the era of Castro's guerrillas in Angola, and you have a seething pot of pre-"world music," a real multicultural meltdown.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/08/2005
Label: Luaka Bop
UPC: 0680899005227
catalogNumber: 90052
Rank: 39269

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Technical Credits

David Byrne   Executive Producer
Manu Dibango   Composer
Yale Evelev   Executive Producer
Gaspar Lawal   Composer,Producer
Paps Touray   Composer
Sorry Bamba   Composer
Ken Barber   Artwork
Moussa Doumbia   Composer
Badou A. Jobe   Composer
William Onyeabor   Composer,Producer
Odion Iruoje   Producer
Alessandro Canu   Drawing
Tunji Oyelana   Composer
Faisal Helwani   Composer,Producer
Larry Ifediorama   Composer
Maguette N'Diaye   Composer
Eskill Lohento   Composer
Orchestre Regional de Kayes   Composer
Ronnie Graham   Liner Notes
Albert Loudes   Producer
Catherine Loudes   Producer
Sembene Ousmane   Producer
E.K. Royce   Producer
Songhoi   Producer
Dave Bennett   Producer

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