As I've mentioned countless times over the past six months, 2011 has been a great year for funky new Afro-centric music. Many fresh new group's have been arriving on the scene with some solid new releases that have been nicely capturing the sound of seventies-era Afro funk and Afrobeat.
One of the best new Afro funk tracks of the year, in my opinion, is "Journey Through Time" by the group The Shaolin Afronauts. This funky track is featured on the group's superb debut album Flight of the Ancients, which was just released off the UK label Freestyle Records. The new LP features some other standout gems including "Kilimanjaro", "Shira", and the title track "Flight Of The Ancients" to name just a few. I find that many of the songs off the record have a sound that falls somewhere in between the heavy Afrobeat of Fela Kuti and the Ethio-Jazz grooves of Mulatu Astake. Definitely a new group and record worth checking out! Enjoy!
The Shaolin Afronauts - Journey Through Time