African Scream Contest: Raw & Psychedelic

African Scream Contest: Raw & Psychedelic


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Official Release Date Dec 09, 2008
Artist African Scream Contest: Raw & Psychedelic
Genre Pop
Version  US
PAX-Code PAX0004833236
Item Code  4260126060647

features

  • Manufacturer: Analog Africa

track listing

1. MI Kple Dogbekpo
2. MI Ma Kpe Dji
3. Rythmo X (2013) It's a Vanity
4. SE Na Min
5. Leki Santchi
6. Rythmo
7. Wait for Me
8. Vinon So Minsou
9. Ye Nan Lon an
10. Rythmo
11. Houiou Djin Nan Zon Aklumon
12. Congolaise Benin Ye
13. Ou C'Est Lui Ou C'Est Moi
14. Oya Ka Jojo

description

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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