December 12, 2017
Gerald Van Waes
Clermont Music Hama Sankare: Ballébé - Calling All Africans (ML,2017)***°
The first track catches attention immediately with it louder produced groovy electronic music beats and rhythms mixed with warm African song sing...
August 10, 2017
Now-Again Records V.A.: Zamrock vol. 1-2 (ZAM,re.2017)****°
It is amazing that a book with 2 CDs like this could be realised knowing how few records survived from these high days and highlights of African Roc...
Clermont Music Oumar Konaté : Live in America (2017)**
Oumar Konaté embraces a widened scope of podium rock improvisation that is captured in this studio album, which reflects aspects that you can expect during concerts. The effect, without p...
July 20, 2017
Now-Again Rec. Peace: Black Power (re.2017)****’
This album for me really is what African Rock music is about and makes it also so original and collectable. The songs are clear, direct and powerful, the balance in the productio...
February 28, 2017
Soundway V.A.: Doing It in Lagos:
-Boogie, Pop & Disco in 1980s Nigeria- [2CD] (re.2017)**°'
As usual for the label, also this release has an attractive idea, package and large booklet that provides information regarding the scene the album tends to give...
February 26, 2017
Now Again Wells Fargo: Watch Out ! -LP/book + CD-
This is a great and convincing, straightforwardly recorded, here and there somewhat more funky approach but generally a moody-and-sightly-heavy rock album with harmony lead vocals arrangements and strong song a...
Now Again Rec. V.A.: Can’t you hear me ?
–African Nuggets and garage rock from Nigeria, Zambia, Zimbabwe- (2017)****
Now Again released this compilation that shows in fact a great deal of how the garage rock sounded like in parts of or some area or let’s say...
October 12, 2016
Word Association Publishers Edward Banchs: Heavy Metal Africa:
Life, Passion, and Heavy Metal in the Forgotten Continent Paperback (2016)
There haven’t been much publications of rock music in Africa at all. Until a few years back it was almost unknown to for...
October 6, 2016
Born Bad Rec. Francis Bebey :
African Electronic Music 1975-1982 (CM/F,comp.2012)***°°
I need to mention this release as well. I already knew Francis Bebey from one incredible and fantastic track on the “Yodeling” compilation, about a failed Pygmy marriage. What...
Cristal Rec./Harmonia Mundi Distr. NMB Afro-Beat Experience :
It took me a while to grasp in which area of style they this band really belongs. Their website introduces them as saying they are featuring African and European guests that “met o...