Much like last year, 2011 has been a great year for not only good African compilations, however a remarkable year for new Afro-centric releases. It seems like there are a lot of new groups popping up from all over the world that are carrying on the torch that artists like Fela Kuti, Ebo Taylor, Orchestre Poly-Rythmo, Tony Allen, and once held when ity came to funky African music . One of the best new Afro funk albums of the year is easily Ikebe Shakedown's debut self-titled LP. It's honestly hard to get better than this new album by the Brooklyn-based group. The record, which came out on Ubiquity Records, features some amazing uptempo gems like Tame The Beats, Don't Contradict, and the incredible single "Tujunga", as well as a heavy dose of some superb downtempo cuts like "Kumasi Walk", "The Viking", and "The Hold Up". Do yourself a favor and go purchase Ikebe Shakedown's new album, which is truly one of the true gems of 2011. Enjoy!
Ikebe Shakedown - Tujunga