An album of ManuDibango's that was released after his big hit "Soul Makossa", but which was actually recorded before, in a very heavy Afro Funk mode! Manu plays organ and piano, as well as his usual soprano sax, and the tracks include "Weya", "Tom Tom", "Pepe Soup", "Senga", "Moni", "Essimo", and "Mwasa Makossa". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch.)
Waka Juju ... LP Disques D'Esperance (France), 1982. Near Mint- ...
A killer album of Afro Funk – with a very unusual origin! In the wake of ManuDibango's big hit (and some kind of failure to register the copyright), many many versions of "Soul Makossa" were recorded and released, some good, some bad. This album is a good example of that situation – kind of a quickie project issued by Mainstream Records to cash in on the hit – but it's also an amazing bit of lost funk, and a record that's lasted for years in the hearts of beatheads! The group's a studio combo headed by Richard Fritz – and includes funky drummer Paul Humphrey, organist Charles Kynard, and guitarist David T Walker – all players we can trust to keep things groovy. The record does include a version of "Soul Makossa" that's pretty great – but even better is the breakbeat classic "House Of The Rising Funk", apparently the same version of the track that was issued on a 45 under the name The Chubukos. Other nice ones include "Kissing My Love", "Hot Mud", "Get It", "Hot Doggin", and "Let Me Do My Thing". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has some wear, a top seam that is coming unglued, and a bottom corner that has some peeled paper due to moisture.)
After a disasterous attempt at recording a live show, the Fania All-Stars went in the studio with guests like Billy Cobham and ManuDibango and created their funkiest album of the seventies. Although a few cuts are more Latin sounding, some of these tracks have a nice hard funky jazz feel, and sound like they could have been recorded for Prestige. There's great versions of "Soul Makossa" and "Viva Tirado", plus a very nice track called "Smoke". LP, Vinyl record album
(Multi-color label pressing. Cover has some wear, a split bottom seam, a small split on the top seam, and some stains inside the gatefold.)