This Saturday night sees Discolypso taking hold at Band on the Wall, bringing the sounds of the Caribbean, West Africa and Latin America to the Northern Quarter dancefloor. Ahead of the night, here are five vibes from five nations to warm you up before you stretch off, take on some fluids, and hit the floor!
HIGHLIFE FROM GHANA
Blay Ambolley – Afrika Yie
A cut from the great Blay Ambolley’s album Ketan, released this year on Agogo records. Brilliant horns and a hypnotic guitar loop set the tone, the character of Blay’s voice takes it to the next level!
ELECTRO-FUNK FROM SIERRA LEONE
Bunny Mack – (Let Me) Love You Forever
Hailing from Freetown, Sierra Leone, Bunny Mack was one of the country’s finest singers and this percussion-laden electro-disco number is example of his class, with an amazing bass guitar break!
AMERICAN AFRO-LATIN FUNK
Mongo Santamaría – Adobo Criollo
Cuban-born Santamaría chiefly operated from New York, having moved in the fifties and influenced its salsa and Afro-latin music boom. The percussion genius could do everything, this track showing his and his band’s chilled out latin-jazz side.
Network Rapso Riddum Band – Ring De Bell
Led by the mighty Brother Resistance, the Rapso Riddum band weave poetry of resistance around dancefloor beats and funky guitar, killer stuff!
Cocoa Tea – 86 Flood
Cocoa Tea, a musical magpie, DJ and dancehall toaster with a sweet vocal style, laid down some genius dancehall tracks in the ‘80s, this a beauty with an amazing drum machine riddim!
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