More reissue heat head from Acid Jazz on their Albarika Store imprint, which brings out the best of unheard and hard to get African records from the Motherland right to your turntables and ears. If you’re not down with music from the African diaspora, then it’s high time you get it together and give this unique and important sound a try.
Today’s group hails from Benin. The group is Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou Dahomey, and we get to listen to two different tracks that hit hard in their own way. The first, ” Gbeti Ma Djro “, is a slice of African psychedelic funk that comes through like a freight train barreling down the tracks at night. Heavy drums and a carefully picked guitar are paired with screams and straight up jams throughout. The original, released in 1971 was described as soul. While tehre might have been some elements of soul thrown in, this one in fact hits that funky psych rhythms that we all can get ourselves into. Language barriers don’t mean a thing, the message is in the music. And might we add, it’s hot. The flip, “Angelina II” shuffles along a bit slower, riding a pachanga groove until the wheels fall off. This mid-tempo chugger is just as hot as hot as the A, and it’s interesting to hear how the music scene was evolving in Benin in the early 1970s via this record. Both of these tracks were transferred, restored and mastered from the original 1/4 tape and cut by the illustrious Frank Merrit at The Carvery. No corners were cut, these tracks come to you in the best shape they can and continue to be a hot seven from start to finish. Listen to both tracks and buy the 45 after the stream.