angola soundtrack: the unique sound of luanda 1965-1976 (double LP, £21.50)label: Analog Africa
On its ninth release Analog Africa unearths musical gems from the former Portuguese colony in south central Africa. The compilation includes tracks from arguably the golden era of Angolan music. Angolan music is unique and stands on its own as a sound that can only be found in that part of the world. Rhythms such as Rebita, Kazukuta, Semba and Merengue, all of which are presented on 'Angola Soundtrack', might be unfamiliar to most listeners, but they are superbly melodic, highly danceable, hypnotic, raw, quintessentially beautiful - and totally addictive. A powerful confluence of traditional rhythms from the Luandas Islands, psychedelic guitar sounds imported from neighbouring Congo, Latin grooves, old school Caribbean merengue and the hard beat of the Angolan carnival bands conspired to create the modern music of Angola. These sounds were immortalised by two excellent recording companies - Fadiang (Fabrica de Discos Angolano) and Valentim de Carvalho. The emerging Angolan music scene was set on fire by a small group of courageous singers, backed by an array of super tight bands and led by extraordinary guitarists who revolutionised the musical and the political panorama of the 60s and 70s. These great electric bands of Angola were a well kept secret until the late 90s when France-based music label Buda Musique released a short-lived series of Angolan music compiled by Ariel de Bigault. Inspired and taken aback, these releases proved to be a pivotal juncture for Analog Africa's founder Samy Ben Redjeb. Includes tracks by MAMUKUENO, OS KIEZOS, JOVENS DO PRENDA, ZE DA LUA, OS BONGOS, DIMBA DIANGOLA, SANTOS JUNIOR, N'GOMA JAZZ, FERREIRA DO NASCIMENTO, DAVID ZE, OS KORIMBAS, ALLIACE MAKIADI, QUIM MANUEL O ESPIRITO SANTO, AFRICA RITMOS and AFRICA SHOW.
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