Monday, August 17, 2009

Funky Makossa

Here's an interesting question, How many different artists have covered "Soul Makossa"? The quick answer is "many", which obviously includes the classic version done by Manu Dibango. That being said, the version I have been most into as of late, even though Dibango's rendition is one of my all-time favorites, is the version done by African percussionist Babatunde Olatunji. The artist also known as just Olatunji is probably known better for his very influential and break-through 1959 album Drums Of Passion , as well as his work with the group Oneness of Juju. However in 1973, Olatunji released another amazing and now very rare album, entitled Soul Makossa. Even though I'm a huge fan of the Drums Of Passion album, I believe the Soul Makossa record is Olatunji at his best. The album includes many great cuts that have a huge emphasis on funky African rhythms and intense percussion drivin' grooves. Some of the standout tracks include "Takuta", "O-Wa", and of course "Soul Makossa". Overall, this album is perfect for anybody like me, who loves funky African music. That being said, this album is pretty rare and it probably is going to cost you a bit if you're lucky enough to even hunt down a used copy. Regardless, another timeless album from one of the most influential African musicians of all-time. Enjoy!

Olatunji - Soul Makossa

Olatunji - Takuta

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Anonymous said...

Hi Pat
Just discovered your blog! Thanks for all the great disco cuts that you bring to us!
I'm looking forward to Disco Cabana vol 3. Any chance vol 1 will get a re-press?
Btw, the link to P.L.S. - Cabana Disco Mix on the STUDIO blog is dead. Could you please re-up? Thanks

ish said...

Thanks for the chance to listen to these tracks.