Afro National - African Experimental

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The Afro National band was formed in Freetown, Sierra Leone in 1972. Their inspirational leader, Sulay Abu Bakarr accompanied by his wife Patricia and Ayo Roy Macauley split from the Sabanoh Jazz Band to form their new group. They skillfully merged highlife and jazz sounds with a deep knowledge of West African sounds. Growing to become one of the premiere bands to emerge from Sierra Leone they not only defined the sound of the country for a generation but also crafted some of the country's most popular and memorable songs (for example Sonjo which is included on this collection). This collection focuses on possibly not the best known songs of the band but the tracks which have the rhythms to move the dance floor. It opens with the foot tapping Jokenge and its driving shuffle beat, swirling organ and percussive guitar lines. Push Am Forward takes a afro-psychadelic turn with its hypnotic rhythms and driving distorted guitar. Mr Who You Be is a cover of the Fela Kuti track, doing it fine justice. Gowa highlights the vocal prowess of the band, as does the ever popular Sonjo (the version featured here is a rare alternate recording). Money Palava opens up side two with its infectious highlife beat and hooky vocals. Money Nor Bataya highlights the bands first use of synthesizers. Mother In Law sweeps up back to Free Town 1973 with its clever vocal. Set My Soul On Fire is a bonus track which brings in the International flavour of the band.

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