Various Nigeria Rock Special: Psychedelic Afro-Rock &
- Words: Zoneil Maharaj
- Label: Soundway
- XLR8R Rating: 8/10
Mixing their regional roots with European and American prog-rock influences, the bands that comprise this collection of funk-fused psych-rock gems didn’t follow the popular Afrobeat style pioneered by Nigeria’s Fela Kuti. Instead, fuzzed-out guitars and lyrics of multiple languages dominate these 15 spacey rhythms. Highlights include The Action 13’s funk anthem “More Bread to the People” and The Hygrades’ “In the Jungle,” a searing instrumental that conjures up visions of Hendrix. Along with these tracks, the 20-page, history-rich booklet provides quite an incentive to get to Africa for some serious crate-digging–or at least to the laptop for some extensive Googling.
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