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COM 017 CD
"Following Racubah! and Ouelele, here's Bilongo, the third volume of our modern Afro rhythms collection. Once again, we've been working hard hunting around for some obscure African and Antillan rare grooves and, believe me, good records are getting really scarce! However, we manage to make Bilongo at least as good as their predecessors, with our usual blend of Antillan jazz, Latin grooves, Afrobeat and Afro funk. Features: Eko (Cameroon born composer-singer-keyboardist Eko made several records in France in the mid-seventies), Kelenkye Band (produced in Ghana in the mid-70's), Richard Raux & Hamsa (French saxophonist Richard Raux produces in 1975 an afro jazz LP with the Hamsa collective), Henri Guedon (a classic vibra-led Latin jazz cut that moves from traditional Cuban groove to particular Antillan arrangements), Georges-Edouard Nouel (awesome 1975 version of a track made famous by Harry Belafonte in the 60's), Ephraim Nzeka (discofied version of Fela'ss classic 'Zombie' by Nigerian singer Ephraim), Alfred Panou & Art Ensemble Of Chicago (probably the rarest track of the compilation, taken from an original 7'' from the cult French label Saravah, and introduces Alfred Panou's poetry over an hypnotic groove provided by the Art Ensemble Of Chicago), Les Dum (originally composed for the French version of Tarzan TV cartoon (!)), Michel Sardaby (all-time classic of Antillan pianist Michel Sardaby), Roots Foundation (A Nigerian band that recorded this afro-funk anthem in 1981), Julian Bahula (another great piece of jazz to come out of South-Afrika! ), Louis Xavier (a groovy almost-Afrobeat track with catchy bass-line and heavy horns arrangements), Sergio Otanazetra (we choose to close this collection with this track that melt jazz chords, Brazilian percussions and African vocals)."