Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Afro Beat Explosion

Over the past decade, there has been a number of newer "Afro-beat" groups popping up on the scene. Keeping the sound that Fela Kuti helped create alive, group's like Fanga, Akoya Afrobeat Ensemble, Koloko Afrobeat Orchestra, Antibalas, as well as this group The Daktaris. The Daktaris were probably one the first modern day Afro-beat groups to successfully recapture Fela's unique African groove. This group released it's only record back in 1998, titled Soul Explosion. The entire record has overall classic 70's Afro-beat feel to it with cuts like "Super Afro-Beat", "Daktari Walk", "Voodoo Soul Stew", and a cover of Fela's classic "Upside Down". From what I've been able to research, it looks as if this group has broken up and the Soul Explosion record is the only material they successfully left behind. That being said, it's safe to say that their Soul Explosion album will forever be cheerished by Afro-beat and African funk enthusiasts as a true gem. Enjoy!

The Daktaris - Upside Down

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