Various Artists - Africa Airways 04 (Disco Funk Touchdown 76-83)

Various Artists

Africa Airways 04 (Disco Funk Touchdown 76-83)

Africa Seven
Release date: 08/12/17
genre: Afro / Afrobeat
Format: LP
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1. Tala A.m. - Get Up Tchamassi
2. Eko - Bowa'a Mba Ngebe
3. Uta Bella - Nassa Nassa
4. Charly Kingson - Nimele Bolo
5. Manu Dibango - Sun Explosion
6. Kemayo & K. System - Biram
7. Momo Joseph - Africain
8. Jake Sollo - Tinini Yanana
9. Pierre Didy Tchakounte - Soul Magabe
10. The Monstars - Funny Saga
Various Artists - Africa Airways 04 (Disco Funk Touchdown 76-83)


It's just over 3 years since we launched the Africa Seven label in Paris and London. Our first release back then (Airways One) is still our best seller and had to be repressed 4 times so far. Forty or so releases later it is time to take to the clouds again. Being the unimaginative bunch we are, the fourth installment of our African sky filled musical cornucopia is called African Airways Four (Disco Funk Touchdown - 1976 - 1983). This time around all tunes have the Disco flavour. As ever it's all about the music... the skies are wide and funky and the air is filled with musical goodness. Your flight is about to leave.

Your flight opens with a punchy disco funk assault from Paris based Cameroonian Tala AM. Here with his drive bass and guitar funk riff 1981 stomper "Get Up Tchmassi". Next up and staying with the Cameroonian connection is Eko with "Bowaa Mba Ngebe". The lyrics talk of accomplishing the things in life for your family and yourself. The sweeping strings and gloriously uplifting music matching the sentiments of the words perfectly. Uta Bella began singing in the 60's and by the time disco hit in the 70's she was already established a singer in her native Cameroon, here the locked on groove of "Nassa Nassa" is a perfect snapshot of the sound and the African disco times.

Charly Kingson (cousin of Manu Dibango) is next with his "Nimele Bolo". Recorded in Germany with the cream of Munich's session musicians the bass synth is out in force on this one. Punchy brass, rock solid grooves and jazzy Rhodes add all the right ingredients for a fine disco synth excursion. Next is the musical heavyweight from Cameroon cousin Manu with his 1978 Disco, jazz funk masterpiece "Sun Explosion".

Side two opens with a blast of Elvis Kemayo and his piano and guitar funk bomb "Biram". Next Momo Joseph gives us "Africain". Best known in France as an actor, this disco funk groover was released on his self pressed LP "War For Ground" in 1983. A true gem indeed. Nigerian, ex

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