Since I was in the process of uploading some of these anyway for elsewhere, I thought I’d share some of the good compilations that have come my way this year.
First, the excellent Soundway label from the UK (which you may know from their Nigeria Special comps) released a bunch of good stuff from Sir Victor Uwaifo, on the selection entitled Guitar Boy Superstar 1970-1976. Despite the goofy title, this is a serious — and seriously awesome — set of Uwaifo’s ekassa sounds and a good overview for the newcomer (as I am) to 1970s African pop.
Also in Soundway’s Nigeria Special series is the Nigeria Disco Funk Special compilation. While it’s not my favorite one in the series (that’d probably be either Nigeria Rock Special or Nigeria Special Part 1), it’s still pretty smokin’.
More to come shortly…
African Scream Contest is a fantastic compilation of sounds from 1970s Benin and Togo, released by the Analog Africa label (which I don’t know much about except they appear to be based in Germany). The label’s blog has a pretty interesting, though short, post about the release here: http://analogafrica.blogspot.com/2008/01/analog-africa-no3-african-scream.html. Much like the Soundway releases in this post, African Scream Contest is available on vinyl, and I’ve been playing it constantly since I picked it up a few months ago. My favorite track is probably Roger Damawuzan’s “Wait For Me,” a fantastic proto-James Brown number with sweet horns and an even sweeter guitar riff. Boss.