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Lets see some love for Afro-Beat/Afro-Groove

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by Skywalker83, Oct 3, 2009.

  1. Anyone else reeeeaaalllly into this type of stuff? It's really taken a hold on me the past few years since i really got back into bass playing. I'm listening to this type of stuff alll the time.
    My dream is to get an afro groove type band together (but what are the chances in Finland.....)
    a great example here


    Great muted p-bass like tone, and a really simple yet so effective groove.

    So if your a lover of this type of stuff, lets here it.
  2. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    Here's a classic, "Zombie" by Fela:
  3. bass12

    bass12 Say "Ahhh"... Supporting Member

    Jun 8, 2008
    Montreal, Canada
    My ex-band once had the pleasure of opening for Manu Dibango - one of the fathers of African funk. As far as Fela is concerned, my favourite of his is probably "Let's Start" (with, funnily enough, Ginger Baker on drums). If you want to check out something wild, find some stuff by Les Têtes Brulées from Camaroon. Not all of it is funky, but man can those guys tear the roof off! There is so much great African music out there that goes unheard by the average listener and it's too bad. Anyway, lots of love here!
  4. Clark Dark

    Clark Dark

    Mar 3, 2005
    check out some :
    Koffi Olimide,
    this is just three examples of Lingala...there's so much more

    listen to these bassists,
    Ngouma Lokito, Jean Louis, Faustino Ngoita..Awilo Longomba
    Manu Lima, Noel Assolo, and Binda Bass, Koffi also plays bass
    Godessy Lofombo, plays for Djouna

    yeah Ginger Baker was the drummer on Zombie too
  5. One Drop

    One Drop

    Oct 10, 2004
    Swiss Alps
  6. Clark Dark

    Clark Dark

    Mar 3, 2005
    did you know that song you linked is "sexual healing" originally by Marvin Gaye ?
  7. bass12

    bass12 Say "Ahhh"... Supporting Member

    Jun 8, 2008
    Montreal, Canada
    Nice suggestions, One Drop. Here's one from Manu:

    Finally, a taste of Camaroonian bikutsi with Les Têtes Brulées:

  8. Bochafish


    Jul 26, 2008
    Chicago, IL
    Here is a short clip of me subbing in for my friends afrobeat band. They tour all over the country, very fun shows.

    BTW, I am playing my Stingray, which is kinda weird because you expect the p-bass tone for the genre.

  9. Yea, I was wondering about that too. In addition the song itself doesn't really have much of an Afro-beat groove to it either.

    Sixun is great fusion band that incorporates a lot of african influenced instrumentation and song elements so you might want to check them out too. Here's a video of them playing "State Street" from the album Lunatic Taxi:
  10. Clark Dark

    Clark Dark

    Mar 3, 2005
    Ladysmith Black Mambazo with Bakhiti Kumalo is another example, even the stuff with Paul Simon
  11. Planet Boulder

    Planet Boulder Hey, this is a private residence...man

    Nov 10, 2001
    6,482 feet above sea level
    I once had impure thoughts. Oh, and I pluck my ear hair.
    King Sunny Ade - the King of JuJu!
  12. Clark Dark

    Clark Dark

    Mar 3, 2005
    Skywalker83 and One Drop, since you're already in Europe maybe you can go see Awilo and many more Soukous artists in Paris on the 18th October
  13. Clark Dark

    Clark Dark

    Mar 3, 2005
  14. Clark Dark

    Clark Dark

    Mar 3, 2005
    keep your dream alive. I'm sure there are drummers who can do a 2 against 3 and other cross rythyms which you can bounce off. as long as the music is good, they will come
  15. MixBass


    Feb 23, 2006
    L.A. Harbor
    Co-founder. GrabAxe
    For a cool spin on this stuff look for "Cravo e Canela", which is a Nasciemento tune redone by IG Culture with Bembe Segue. IG is one of the fathers of the British broken beat trip and did a very cool afro/funk/dance treatment on it. You can get it on Itunes and if you like this stuff it's worth every pennie.
    And there's another cool treatment of" Zombie" on a "Red hot +riot CD by Bugz in the Attic. It seems there are some cool London producers working this genre.
    For a more trad approach Femi Kuti and Toni Allen are cool too.
    I love Les Tetes Brulees though I wouldn't put them in the afrobeat zone. If you dig the Bikutsi there's a great band from Madagascar, Jaojoby, who do a style called salegy, which is VERY similar to bikutsi. Where the one is, if you can get there, will make your head spin.
  16. Great thread, I just posted about Michel Alibo in the "Recordings" thread. He may be the most recorded African bassist, although he's from the Island of Martinique. Check out his work at 19 years old with Salif Keita ("Soro"), impeccable. Although he's more into a funk/fusion thing now (Sixun, as mentioned above), his older African stuff remains a benchmark to me - Jamerson like grooves, Jaco-like chops. He picked up a bass at 15, toured for a year with Manu Dibango a year later, and at 17 began his career as perhaps the busiest session bassist in Paris, playing on over 300 African and Caribbean records in the 80's alone.

    Check him out: http://www.myspace.com/michelalibo

    Thanks, I'm a newbie and African music fan, so it's great to see this thread.

  17. bass12

    bass12 Say "Ahhh"... Supporting Member

    Jun 8, 2008
    Montreal, Canada
    Les Têtes Brulées are definitely not afrobeat, I just think they're kind of funky.
  18. kesslari

    kesslari Groovin' with the Big Dogs Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2007
    Santa Cruz Mtns, California
    Lark in the Morning Instructional Videos; Audix Microphones
    Toure Kunda, a favorite band of mine, from Senegal.
    em'ma - Afro Reggae
  19. Clark Dark

    Clark Dark

    Mar 3, 2005
    thanks for your post, most of my favorite music has been soukous from Zaire/Congo but I feel this Bikutsi. As you say the one is elusive hence my earlier reply to the OP about getting with a drummer who's into polyrythyms. here is a Bikutsi link , it kinda feels like a 6/8 against a 2/3

    My penchant for soukous stems from every song gives you like 3 basslines within the same song, the grooves and tempos move fluidly. the guys that cut with Djouna, Awilo and Koffi really have that trad thing together. IMO
  20. One Drop

    One Drop

    Oct 10, 2004
    Swiss Alps
    Thank's for the heads up.

    Can't do it this time around, but I'll keep my eyes open for the future.

    My brother has a few thousand albums and cassette tapes worth on a hard drive- he's been collecting for decades, can't wait to copy them over to myself!

    I was lucky enough to spend a week at the home of Mahmoud Guinea and his family in Morocco a few years ago, during the Gnawa festival. He took me to a midnight Lila that has to be one of the most powerful musical experiences of my life. That is some seriously deep music with some very long roots.

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