Afro-Beat Airways: West African Shock Waves

The end of the noughties turned out to be something of a golden age for rare African and Latin American music, with labels like Soundway and Far Out travelling the globe to unearth a host of long-forgotten gems.

And two years after his African Scream Contest raised the bar for thoughtful, beautifully packaged re-issue compilations, Analog Africa’s Samy Ben Redjeb returns to claim the crown of King of the Crate-Diggers. Afro-Beat Airways: West African Shock Waves – Ghana & Tongo 1972-78 brings together fourteen fantastic cuts of raw, funky music from 1970s Ghana and Togo, with all the power and frenetic rhythm of Fela Kuti’s finest work. Don’t miss this one.

By Tom Crookston

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Afro-Beat Airways: West African Shock Waves
Various
Analog Africa
**** Four stars

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