Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Kongas' Anikana-O

I'm going to take the liberty today to post one of my all-time favorite tracks in Kongas' 1978 version of "Anikana-O". This extended version of the song was featured as the leading track on the Anikana-O LP. An earlier and shorter version of the song first showed up on the first Kongas LP back in 1974. However with the help of Tom Moulton, who mixed the track, and Alec R. Costandinos, who helped re-write the later version, "Anikana-O" became a disco gem, as well as one of the group's most notable cuts. The song has an overall latin-flavoured groove to it that works nicely alongside the gritty vocals. Regardless, it's an amazing song and one of the many solid productions from a group that features some of disco's most legendary players (Cerrone, Don Ray, Alec R. Costandinos, etc.).

Kongas - Anikana-O

NOTE: The image is from the 1974 7" version of "Anikana-O", and not the 1978 LP. I choose this photo instead, because I thought it was a bit more interesting.

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Anonymous said...

yes! afro disco bomb!

a great track, featured on this really nice Citizen Kane mix...


ATM said...

awesome. grabbing now, tj. if you haven't heard them, i've got some good tunes up from their 'africanism' lp up. http://grisgrisonyourdoorstep.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

yeah can be found on the africanism 2 (white cover) 12".

quality stuff!


Pat Les Stache said...

Thanks! I'm enjoying the Citizen Kane mix!