Track of the Day 6 – Rim & Kasa’s ‘Love Me For Real’
I remember I once watched a video where the interviewee said if you see a record sleeve and the musicians are all of varying nationalities, check out the record. And this is certainly true of the back sleeve of Rim & Kasa’s afro disco LP ‘Too Tough’, released on the private label Sum Sum Records in 1982. Originating from Begoro, Ghana, Rim Kwaku Obeng had obtained the title of ‘master drummer’ at age 18. After touring the world, he settled in the US and produced this piece of musical genius. Rim’s LP is a true masterpiece, featuring musicians from across the globe (including those Rim taught himself) to produce one hell of an offering to us.
No wonder originals are coveted so highly by collectors and DJs alike. Luckily, BBE reissued Rim’s two albums (‘Too Tough’ and ‘Rim Arrives’) as well as the killer single ‘I’m Not Going To Let You Go’, last year. Saves many of us a pretty penny spent buying an OG, and that’s if you could even track them down. Check out the mad drum break accompanied by killer bass and female vocals at the 4:04 mark! Pure badness.
Track(s) of the Day 5 – Shina William’s ‘Agboju Logun’ and ‘Cammy Jam Wayo’
If you’re looking for a track sure to get the crowd on their feet, maybe Shina Williams’ ‘Agboju Logun’ is the one for you. Released on Phonodisk in Nigeria on the album ‘African Dances’, and then rereleased by Rough Trade in the UK in 1984, the groove is tight, the female vocals sweet, the bassline squelchy and the trumpets loud. All the ingredients needed for a killer eleven-minute long track.
However, lesser known but equally great is Shina’s ‘Cammy Jam Wayo’. Only appearing on the Nigerian release, check out these trumpets! And the call-and-response throughout the track between Shina and his female backing singers needs to be heard. All accompanied by killer backing percussion. A mad sixteen-,minute long journey of the highest quality afrobeat.
Track of the Day 4 – Errol de la Fuente’s ‘Happiness’
You want some squelchy bass accompanied by tight drums and a killer breakdown? Well look no further than Errol de la Fuente’s offering, ‘Happiness’. Released on the small Surinamese label Bongo Music in 1980, this super-rare single is sure to get the crowd funking around on the dance floor. Thankfully, Rush Hour compiled it on their recent ‘Surinam Funk Force’ compilation, which deserves checking out. Saves us the pennies spent on buying an original…
Track of the Day 3 – Livy Ekemezie’s ‘Holiday Action’
It’s a shame that one of the strongest Nigerian boogie LPs has to also be one of the hardest to find. Livy Ekemezie’s ‘Friday Night’, released in Enugu on the private label Linic Major Production Records is full to the brim with funk, disco and boogie badness, every track sure to set the floor on fire. We’ve chosen here to highlight ‘Holiday Action’, but you should also check out the rest of the LP for more musical genius! Fortunately those good guys at Strut have been too kind, and a reissue is out soon. Saves us spending the better part of £1000 to get our hands on the tracks…
Track of the Day 2 – De Frank Professionals’ ‘Afe Ato Yen Bio’
Appearing on the Ghanian label Anopa Nsonoma in 1978, the De Frank Professionals’ album of the same name is a grail in the truest sense of the word, highly desirable for both collectors and DJs. And once given a listen its soon obvious why. In ‘Afe Ato Yen Bio’, De Frank, backed by Vis-a-Vis (a band highly renowned in their own right – just check out their track ‘Obi Agye Me Dofo‘ to see why) leads us through just under five minutes of killer afro funk. Thankfully, all shout outs go to Samy at Analog Africa, who has kindly done us all a massive favour, reissuing the track officially on his 2013 ‘Afro Beat Airways’ compilation. An original would always be nice though…
Track of the Day 1 – Oby Onyioha’s ‘Enjoy Your Life’
Released in 1981 on the Nigerian record label Time, Oby Onyioha’s LP ‘I Want To Feel Your Love’ is a classic Lagos boogie cut produced by the great Lemmy Jackson. Now highly sought-after by collectors and DJs alike, the album is most know for the track ‘Enjoy Your Life’, recently compiled by Soundway Records on their compilation ‘Doing It In Lagos’. Other great tracks on the album include the title disco track ‘I Want To Feel Your Love’, and the more traditional ‘Nine N’Enye’.