8 August 2011
Albums | Reviews

Remi Kabaka – Black Goddess

Soundway

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In 1977 Nigerian film director Ola Balogun started work on an Afro-conscious time travel flick called Black Goddess, and needed a suitably exciting soundtrack. He hired master drummer Remi Kabaka and Mono Mono front man Joni Haastrup (both had worked together in Ginger Baker’s Airforce) among others to give sound to his vision. The results they conjured up clearly owe a debt to Fela Kuti’s Africa ’70, but also to the jazz funk of the era. One or two of the tracks clearly make a lot more sense when heard in conjunction with the movie, but the title cut and ‘Brothers & Sisters’ are bursting with clavi-funk goodness.

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