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Tuesday, November 6, 2007

The African Hustle

posted by on November 6 at 15:18 PM

Disco Soccer LPDisco from Africa? Sound interesting? In the mid to late 1970s, there was an underground African disco movement with groups like Black Blood, Oneness Of Juju, Pacific Express, and Buari that blended disco and funk with traditional African music and tribal percussion grooves.

I’ve been addicted to this genre of music as of late, leading to some amazing finds. One of my favorite albums from this genre is Buari’s 1979 LP Disco Soccer. This record consists of original and amazing disco rhythms and arrangements without becoming too much of a departure from the traditional disco sound we all love. The record features two dynamite singles “Koko Si” and “I’m Ready.” “Koko Si” is an exotic disco gem that could easily make its way onto a ’70s adult film soundtrack, while “I’m Ready” is a more straightforward dancefloor-ready classic with a driving groove. The rest of the record should not be forgotten, with solid tracks like “It’s What’s Happening,” “Feed My Body,” and “African Hustle” to help round it out.

Original records of this genre tend to be extremely rare and expensive but extremely good, especially because it consisted just a few different groups. After listening to a few tracks, you can see how this music helped influence not only disco and funk but dub, reggae, jazz, and house. I would highly recommend giving it a listen and indulge yourself in something new.

Buari, “I’m Ready”
Buari, “Koko Si”

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