Not the kind of discotheque grooves you might normally expect, but a really wonderful range of music
from the 70s scene in Guinea – most of which would still be right at home on the dancefloor! The tunes are often upbeat, and rhythmic – but also filled with instrumental elements that vie equally for attention with the beats – off-kilter horns, jagged guitar parts, and other bits that ring out and really make these tunes great – all in ways that are very different than the familiar Afro Funk of the time, or any of the softer sounds in the contemporary world music
generation. There's vocals on most of the tracks, but the instrumentation alone is what really grabs us – a hypnotic blend of unexpected elements that's plenty appealing, even if you don't understand the language or culture. But on that front, the set's also got a great booklet too – done like others in this cool Syllart series, with full notes in English and French, and a huge amount of vintage photos too! 25 titles in all – including "Apollo" by Horoya Band National, "En Tout Cas" by Sorsornet Rhythme, "Nazoki" by Sory Kandia Kouate & Keletigui, "Maliba" by Kaloum Star, "Sensenko" by Tele
Jazz De Tele
me, "Deny" by 22 Band Kankan, "Kononin" by Camayenne Softa, "Kana Sarakabo" by Bembeya Jazz National, "Kha Mu Lan Ma" by Super Boiro Band, and "Senero" by Syli Authentic.
(Out of print. Includes original slipcase.)