Old African Music

Harari – Musikana

2 classic albums from psychedelic South African afro-rock, Rufaro and Harari, are re-released on 3/1/2021.

The Beaters – Harari was released in 1975. After changing their name, Harari went into the studio late in 1976 to record their follow-up, Rufaro / Happiness. In 1976 they were voted South Africa’s top instrumental group and were in high demand at concert venues across the country.

Old African Music

Marijata – No Condition Is Permanent

This is raw 70s Ghanean Funk… (1976)

Full album

  1. I Walk Alone
  2. We Live In Peace – 10:55
  3. No Condition Is Permanent – 15:08
  4. Break Through – 22:16
Old African Music

T. P. Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou: Unité Africaine

Mélomé Clément Chef d’Orchestre

Unité Africaine will be rereleased this February:

Two monumental full-side tracks from a pair of late 70s Orchestre Poly-Rythmo albums, Unité Africane isn’t exactly a compilation, more a combination of the standouts at a time when the band was at the peak of its powers.

Originally released in 1977, the title track is an infectious Afro-Latin workout that is interwoven with driving horn stabs by master trumpet player Tidiani Kone. Unité Africaine was recorded over the Nigerian border at the state-of-the-art EMI Studios in Lagos, yielding majestic sonic results.

Mede Ma Gnin Messe is taken from the 1978 Special 30 Novembre, and this time Poly-Rythmo wore their Afro-funk hat to deliver almost sixteen minutes of dancefloor fire. Propelled by Poly-Rythmo’s super-tight beats and underpinned by a relentless keyboard refrain, the magic is the stellar horn parts that take this track to another level.