Akwassa: In The Groove, LP (Vinyl)
Akwassa: In The Groove, LP (Vinyl)
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Akwassa
In The Groove
  • LP (Vinyl)
  • Germany
reissue of 1977 Nigerian Funk/Afrobeat album: Nigeria has been one of these African countries with a rich western oriented music scene spawning some highly praised garage rock acts like OFEGE and some hot blooded steaming funk acts. One of these groups taking a turn on music that was happening a few thousand miles west in the USA about five or six years prior was AKWASSA and here we gotta listen to their second album “In the groove” and the title actually says it all. They play some funky music that would make James Brown (God rest his soul) or Betty Davis (Miles Davis' beautiful and highly gifted wife) go crazy for and they do it with a routine you would rather expect with American superstars. AKWASSA impress with a tight as a teenie's ass rhythm section grooving some hypnotizing beats that consist of wild percussions and an airy drumming tied together by some captivating bass lines. Upon this rhythmical basement you find a grinding organ scrubbing your senses and a clean wah wah driven guitar that erupts into fuzzed out solos from time to time. The mid ranged voice comes with a rich tone and nobody would question me if I'd tell him this was a US act. Well, okay, there is a little accent but at least his English is grammatically perfect. In the end it does not matter much for the voice is one instrument that adds a patch of color to the whole picture. How great to know this Afro Funk classic from the 70s can now be enjoyed by a young audience with an open mind. Old school funksters, take your chance, this is sheer bliss.
  • Oom Dooby Dochas
  • (DOO17007LP)
  • Merlins Nose Label Group
  • (MNLG0041)
  • 8 Tracks
  • UPC 710473604406
  • M / M
  • virgin

tracks

A1

Have Patience

A2

No One Else

A3

We Believe In Peace

A4

Everybody's Getting On

B1

Love Me Now

B2

Make Your Self (What You Wanna Be)

B3

Give Me Some Funk

B4

Jam All Night

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