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31 Jan 2017

Afrique “Soul Makossa” 1973 US Afro Funk,Afro Rock













Afrique “Soul Makossa” 1973  killer..!! US Afro Funk,Afro Rock…recommended….!
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Killer Afro Funk issued by Mainstream Records to cash in on the success of soul makossa. The all star group includes funky drummer PAUL HUMPHREY, organist CHARLES KYNARD, CHUCK RAINEY - bass, KING ERRISSON - percussion, and guitarists DAVID T WALKER and ARTHUR WRIGHT. The record does include a version of “Soul Makossa” but the ticket is the breakbeat classic “House Of The Rising Funk”, the same version of the track that was issued on a 7" under the name The Chubukos. Other include “Kissing My Love”, “Hot Mud”, “Get It”, “Hot Doggin”, and “Let Me Do My Thing”…..

Now here’s an odd one. The track “Soul Makossa” was a hit for Manu Dibango in early 1973. After it was issued, a lot of acts covered it – most badly. But in this case, that single spawned a band of studio musicians hell bent on creating not only a club and jukebox 45 hit from the Dibango original, but an entire set of groove-driven instrumentals that could be issued as 45s for the juke market. Afrique which was comprised of organist Charles Kynard, guitarist David T. Walker, bassist Chuck Rainey, Joe Kelso and Paul Jeffery on saxophones, drummer Ray Pounds, and a host of percussionists including, Chino Valdes and baritone honker Steve Kravitz. There were 13 members in all for this one-off. So the deal is simple: this is a hell of a slab of lost funk. Sure, there’s a groovin’ greasy version of the title track, but the real gems lie in “House of the Rising Funk” on side two, the “Mustang Sally” knockoff “Sleepwalk,” the tripped out sax ballad “Kissing My Love,” the dirty, chunky funk of “Hot Doggin,” and the lubricious “Let Me Do My Thing.” There is plenty of wah-wah excess, saxist angst, and drunken careening rhythm to propel a soul train from one end of the continent to the other. And if you can dig the guitar breaks against Kynard’s hammering, contrapuntal cut up chords on “Slow Motion,” then you are ready for anything. For those for whom groove is everything, this album is to be procured at any cost….by Thom Jurek……

Studio band formed in Los Angeles, Calif. David T. Walker and Arthur Wright (guitars); Charles Kynard (organ); Joe Kelso, Paul Jeffery and Steve Kravitz (horns); King Errisson, Paul Humphrey, Wallace Snow, Charles Taggart and Chino Valdes (percussion); Chuck Rainey (bass); and Ray Pounds (drums). Same group also recorded as The Chubukos.(discogs)
Their album released in 1973 on Mainstream Records (MRL 394).Two songs from this album, Manu Dibango’s “Soul Makossa” and “House Of Rising Funk”. Enjoy!!!………….

A killer album of Afro Funk – with a very unusual origin! In the wake of Manu Dibango’s big hit (and some kind of failure to register the copyright), many many versions of “Soul Makossa” were recorded and released, some good, some bad. This album is a good example of that situation – kind of a quickie project issued by Mainstream Records to cash in on the hit – but it’s also an amazing bit of lost funk, and a record that’s lasted for years in the hearts of beatheads! The group’s a studio combo headed by Richard Fritz – and includes funky drummer Paul Humphrey, organist Charles Kynard, and guitarist David T Walker – all players we can trust to keep things groovy. The record does include a version of “Soul Makossa” that’s pretty great – but even better is the breakbeat classic “House Of The Rising Funk”, apparently the same version of the track that was issued on a 45 under the name The Chubukos. Other nice ones include “Kissing My Love”, “Hot Mud”, “Get It”, “Hot Doggin”, and “Let Me Do My Thing”…. …..

Credits
Baritone Saxophone – Steve Kravitz
Composed By – Richard Fritz (tracks: B1 to B5)
Drums – Ray Pounds*
Electric Bass [Fender] – Chuck Rainey
Guitar – Arthur Wright, David T. Walker
Organ – Charles Kynard
Percussion – Charles Taggart, Chino Valdes, King Errisson, Paul Humphrey, Wallace Snow
Tenor Saxophone – Joe Kelso*, Paul Jeffrey



Tracklist
A1 Soul Makossa
Written-By – Manu Dibango
4:30
A2 Kissing My Love
Written-By – Bill Withers
3:02
A3 Sleepwalk
Written-By – Farina*, Farina*, Farina*
3:36
A4 Let Me Do My Thing
Written-By – F. Brunson*
4:45
A5 Slow Motion
Written-By – Gamble-Huff*
4:09
B1 Hot Mud 4:10
B2 House Of Rising Funk 3:27
B3 Dueling Guitars 3:27
B4 Hot Doggin’ 3:23
B5 Get It 3:24 

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