VARIOUS ARTISTS
Sound Affects:Africa

[Mr. Bongo, www.mrbongo.com]

Whenever music takes a stand for a cause, I tend to listen. Thing is, not all efforts have music as sumptuous as "Sound Affects: Africa", but that's another story for another time. The 2 CD compilation takes some of the best sounds from the Afrobeat scene of the 70's [mostly from Nigeria and Ghana] and stands up for a good cause. This time around, the charity is Bottletop, a UK based outfit that supports health education initiatives [concentrating heavily on sex education initiatives in Africa and the UK]. Co-sponsored by Malmaison, the project aims to cut risks of sexually transmitted diseases, while at the same time promoting African design culture. Music is the perfect medium for the cause. With that said, the compilation goes heavy on the 70's, with gems such as the call-and-response theme of "Psychedelic Woman" from Honny and the Bees Band, the brass-heavy, Fela Kuti-like vibes of Dele Sosimi's "Turbulent Times" and the very funky "Yahoos" from Mabala. The icing on the cake is the 12 minute long deep soul-funk epic from Dackin Dakino "Yuda". Second disc is made up solely of re-mixes of original material. According to Adam Freeland, his remix of "Olufela" sounds rather obtuse as compared to the straight-ahead beats of Kayode Olajide's original. Radio Slave's minimal d'n'b mix on "Yuda" is exceptional as is the heavy dub concoctions on Quantic's remix of "Bukom Mashie". The one and biggest mistake is Paul Oakenfold's remix of "Turbulent Times". Why in the world would you want to make a Eurobeat disco mix of something that in its original state sounded so good is beyond me. No matter, this is a strong effort all around with a good cause attached to its heart. To learn more and donate, go to Bottletop website: www.bottletop.org.uk

-Tom Sekowski


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