First released in 2015 as two separate vinyl compilations, “Africa Airways” is a deep exploration into the furthest parts of 1970’s and early 1980’s African Funk and Cherry Red are proud to join forces with the ace London/Paris label Africa Seven to collect the two volumes together on CD for the first time. The last decade has seen the un-tapping of an apparent endless well of music from the mother continent and this compilation (in our not so biased opinion) uncovers some of the cream of the crop and stands as one of the finest exponents of the African take on the music that it directly influenced, that being the funk and disco from the USA.
Featuring music from Cameroon, Nigeria, South Africa and the international African diaspora with artists including Manu Dibango, Jo Tongo and Jake Sollo this a truly pan-African affair, full of analogue synths, polyrhythms, rich vocals, jangling guitars and production slicker than oil. For lovers of music to get down to, this will make your rubber soled shoes burn.
The original pressing of the vinyl compilations sold out so quickly that another two represses had to be made to keep up with demand. For those not to latch on to the vinyl resurgence and prefer the old school CD format, this compilation is the one for you!!! File under: Funk, Makossa, Highlife, Awesome.
Funk Connection 1973-1980
1-1 –Ekambi Brillant Africa Africa 2:05
1-2 –Tala A.M.* Black Gold 5:18
1-3 –Kemayo Kag Am 3:05
1-4 –Jo Tongo Jangolo 4:54
1-5 –Manu Dibango Mimbo 4:33
1-6 –Jo Bisso Give It Up 4:01
1-7 –M'Bamina Mbongui 2:36
1-8 –Jake Sollo Father Time, Mother Nature 4:53
1-9 –Sookie Choco Date 4:21
1-10 –African Souls Band* Nande 3:50
Funk Departures 1973-1982
2-1 –Pasteur Lappe* Na Real Sekele Fo Ya 6:21
2-2 –M'Bamina Kilowi-Kilowi 5:46
2-3 –Ekambi Brillant Aboki (Mon Copain) 4:39
2-4 –Bongi Makeba Don't Do It 3:40
2-5 –Jo Tongo Piani 4:36
2-6 –Oscar Harris And The Twinkle Stars Relax (Before Doin' Sex) 3:51
2-7 –Bozambo Get It On The Music 3:49
2-8 –Misse Ngoh* Tata Ngoh 3:34
2-9 –Myriam Makeba* Toyota Fantasy (John Bryan Edit) 3:51