Saturday, March 15, 2008

London - Texas - Worldwide :: CHECK IT!

Two heavyweight afrofunk LPs that I've just added to the afrodub and juju funk record box:

"Exploding out of the rich cultural mix in the melting-pot of London’s underground music scene, comes the exciting and original sound of SARAVAH SOUL. This half-brazilian, half-british outfit has drawn upon unashamedly old-school flavours to create a new genre of RAW AFRO-BRAZILIAN FUNK! Fronted by fiery break dancer Otto Nascarella, the intensity of their live shows has earned them a reputation for wild performances and a rapidly expanding fan base. Now their ground breaking first album (self-titled Saravah Soul) has caused an international stir amongst record labels eager to sign them, and the band seems set on an unstoppable rise to even wider acclaim."

""Homenaje," Spanish for homage, is the debut album release from the Grupo Fantasma side-project (who recently supported none other than Prince on his recent UK tour) and gives more than a mere nod to late '70s Latin-funk acts like Joe Bataan and Santana. From the Fela Kuti style Afro-beat of "Con El Brownout" and "Chema's Contraband" to the smoldering neo-soul of "You Already Are" and the incendiary cover of Manu Dibango’s “African Battle”, the nearly all-instrumental album avoids stagnation by switching gears rapidly between tracks." MORE/SOUNDSAMPLES

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