African Psychedelic

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                  OUT ON MARCH 8TH
         On March 8, 2005, Luaka Bop Records startles the music world from its slumber once again
with the release of Love’s A Real Thing, World Psychedelic Classics 3: The Funky Fuzzy
Sounds of West Africa, a hip-shaking, foot-tapping compilation of psychedelic West African rock
music. Delving deep into West Africa’s funky polyrhythmic take on psychedelia, this album is the third
in the critically and commercially acclaimed World Psychedelic Classics series.
         The twelve tracks on the record explore West Africa’s groove-heavy assimilation of the
psychedelic revolution, albeit a few years (and a couple thousand miles) removed from 1967’s
Summer of Love. Spanning countries such as Mali, Gambia, Benin, Nigeria, Ghana, and Cameroon,
this collection spotlights a time of incredible creative fermentation, reflecting on colonialism’s more
fortunate byproduct: the fascinating and unique intersection of hallucinogenic, distorted Western
psychedelia and local, traditional African music. This phenomenon of Afro-Rock is what lies at the
heart of Love’s A Real Thing.
         The record kicks off with the funk/soul inflections and James Brown-style shrieks of Benin’s
Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou Dahomey, followed by Gambia’s Super Eagles, with their
electric keyboards, sitar-like guitar and affinity for pedal effects, updating progressive fusion with
African roots in the title track. Known for wearing Sergeant Pepper-style uniforms, Super Eagles was
a hugely popular group – their cover of Hey Jude was as well known in Gambia as the original.
Cameroon’s Manu Dibango provides insight into the altered state element of psychedelic music
through a moody, atmospheric marimba-based theme from the Senegalese film “Ceddo.”
Representing Mali, Sorry Bamba’s masterful arrangement of keyboard, brass, and electric guitar,
“Porry,” modernizes a comic, self-aggrandizing drinking song.
         No. 1 de No. 1 de Guinea’s elaborates a transcendentally rhythmic groove with Cuban-
influenced trumpet and Hendrix-styled guitar, and, given the time, an unusually restrained and
effective use of the wah-wah pedal in “Gualira Ven.” From Nigeria, Lagos-based William Onyeabor’s
“Better Change Your Mind” juxtaposes politically conscious lyrics condemning the imperial powers of
the time with a thumping bass and soaring keyboards. A frequent collaborator with ex-cream drummer
Ginger Baker in the early 70s, Nigeria’s talking drum specialist Gasper Lawal concocts a dreamy
percussion-heavy chorus-chanting paean with “Awon-Ojise-Oluwa.” Closing out the record, ten-piece
Malian band Orchestre Regional de Kayes, led by Harouna Barry, hint at yet another cultural
transmigration with the Arabic-tinged vocal rounds of “Sanjina.”
         Luaka Bop’s celebrated World Psychedelic Classics series began in 2000 with Volume 1:
Brazil, a compilation of the inimitable genre-melding Brazilian band Os Mutantes, entitled Everything
Is Possible! Volume 2: California Soul, released in 2001 as the third solo record from multi-
instrumentalist Shuggie Otis (Inspiration Information), successfully reintroduced Shuggie to the world
at large.

       For More Information Contact:
       Samantha Tillman
       V2 Records
       212 320 8502