|

Click here to expand and collapse the player

Soul Makossa

Rate It! Avg: 4.0 (6 ratings)
Retail
Member
Soul Makossa album cover
01
Soul Makossa
4:45
$0.49
$0.99
02
Kissing My Love
3:08
$0.49
$0.99
03
Sleepwalk
3:42
$0.49
$0.99
04
Let Me Do My Thing
4:54
$0.49
$0.99
05
Slow Motion
4:18
$0.49
$0.99
06
Hot Mud
4:19
$0.49
$0.99
07
House of the Rising Funk
3:20
$0.49
$0.99
08
Dueling Guitars
3:34
$0.49
$0.99
09
Hot Doggin'
3:30
$0.49
$0.99
10
Get It
3:31
$0.49
$0.99
Album Information

Total Tracks: 10   Total Length: 39:01

Find a problem with a track? Let us know.

Write a Review 0 Member Reviews

Please register before you review a release. Register

They Say All Music Guide

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 folks sought to cover it — most badly. But, in this case, that single track spawned a band of studio musicians hell bent on creating not only a club and jukebox 45 hit of 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 LP, the only Afrique title, 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,” than you are ready for anything. For those for whom groove is everything, this album is to be procured at any cost. – Thom Jurek

more »