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Saturday December 16th, 2017 with ELORIOUS CAIN
They called it "THE AFRICAN MUSIC EXPLOSION"....

Back in the early 1970's there was a rush of amazing African artists doing their take on standard Western Disco. They called it "THE AFRICAN MUSIC EXPLOSION" and it really took off with successes like MANU DIBANGO's "Soul Makossa" in 1972. We have given you information on certain artists. This is just a small sample of the awesome collection of recordings African artists either making "standard" DISCO, FUNK or combining their music with such ranging from 1972 to 1988:
MATATA
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A Kenyan band founded by Jeik Kalunga Loksa in Nairobi's "Brilliant Club" back in 1963, MATATA; or MATATA (AIR-FIESTA), would record a couple of amazing albums in England in the early 1970's that produce FUNK classics like the single "I FEEL FUNKY" from 1973:
I FEEL FUNKY
MATATA - INDEPENDENCE (LP) - PRESIDENT
BLO
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The Nigerian FUNK band BLO enjoyed a lot of attention in the U.S. Their "Dance In A Circle" was popular in Lagos discos:
DANCE IN A CIRCLE
BLO - PHASES 1972-1982 (2LP) - AFRO STRUT
ROD
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ROD is ROCH NIANGANDOUMOU. Born to Senegalese parents in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, ROD rose to international fame as a DISCO and FUNK singer in the early 1980's in France with "Shake It Up (Do The Boogaloo)":
SHAKE IT UP (DO THE BOOGALOO)
ROD - ROD (LP) - JONATHAN
EVERYBODY GET DOWN
ASIKO ROCK GROUP - LAGOS DISCO INFERNO (2LP) - ACADEMY LPS
ABETI
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The late ABETI MASIKINI; also from Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, started with CONGOLESE RUMBA in the early 1970's. By the mid 1980's she was celebrated around the world as "the queen of Soukous". She did record a EURODISCO album with Slim Pezin in 1977:
MOTEMA PASSI
ABETI MASIKINI - VISAGES (LP) - BBZ PRODUCTIONS
AFRICAN HUSTLE
GERALDO PINO - BOOGIE FEVER (LP) - BLACKSPOT
HANG ON
NANA LOVE - LAGOS DISCO INFERNO (2LP) - ACADEMY LPS
SOULFUL DYNAMICS
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Formed in Liberia in 1965, the SOULFUL DYNAMICS would go to Europe to record numerous European discotheque standards beginning with the "Mademoiselle Ninette" in 1970. Their "Jungle People" spread around the world:
JUNGLE PEOPLE
SOULFUL DYNAMICS - 12" - METRONOME
SOUL MAKOSSA
MANU DIBANGO - SOUL MAKOSSA (LP) - ATLANTIC
MWASA MAKOSSA
MANU DIBANGO - MAKOSSA MAN (LP) - ATLANTIC
DON'T FIGHT THE FEELING
JO BISSO - DISCO AMOUR, TONIGHT (LP) - MAKOSSA INTERNATIONAL
BOOGIE TRIP
DORIS EBONG - LAGOS DISCO INFERNO (2LP) - ACADEMY LPS
ARABICA
TALA A.M. - ARABICA (LP) - FIESTA
EL HOMBRECITO
BLACK SOUL - BRASIL AFRICA (LP) - VOGUE
MANGOUS YE (A TOM MOULTON MIX)
BLACK SOUL - 12" - BEAM JUNCTION
BASA BASA
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Also known as BASA BASA SOUNDZ or the BASA BASA EXPERIENCE, this Nigerian group recorded some albums in the late 1970's that were popular in the Lagos disco scene. The Sofrito label would offer amazing remixes of their song "African Soul Power":
AFRICAN SOUL POWER (ATLANTIC CONVEYOR RE-WORK)
BASA BASA - TROPICAL DISCOTHEQUE (EP) - SOFRITO SPECIALS
BLACK BROTHERS (A TOM MOULTON MIX)
BLACK SOUL - 12" - BEAM JUNCTION
OZILA 2001
OZILA - OZILA 2001 (LP) - VOGUE
BLACK SOUL MUSIC
BLACK SOUL - BRASIL AFRICA (LP) - VOGUE
LOVE BEAT
JO BISSO - MADEMOISELLE (LP) - JOBISS INTERNATIONAL
YE KE YE KE (MORY'S HOUSE REMIX)
MORY KANTE - 12" - BARCLAY
OH, CIOLILI
ZANGA ZANGA - 12" - JONATAHAN
TAMA (GOLD COAST REMIX)
MORY KANTE - 12" - BARCLAY
I'M IN LOVE
NANA LOVE - DISCO DOCUMENTARY - FULL OF FUNK (LP) - NESTOR
Interactive CKCU
Jim K
Great funk!

1:06 PM, December 16th, 2017
Elorious Cain (host)
Africans were responsible for some of most amazing funk Jim!

1:09 PM, December 16th, 2017
Professor Mike
Awesome show as always and tuned in as I get ready for my last 2 shows of the year including my 200th Episode of Night Trax early Christmas Morning.

1:50 PM, December 16th, 2017
COCO
IN THE MOOD FUNK.......THANKS ELORIOUS.........LATER....

1:53 PM, December 16th, 2017
Elorious Cain (host)
Thanks for the comments!

2:44 PM, December 16th, 2017
Chilly
sick afrobeatz

10:26 AM, December 17th, 2017
Andrew Pakuts
Funk Yes !

9:56 AM, December 22nd, 2017
Kevin
So great to hear Black Soul so many years later.

5:22 AM, January 4th, 2018