Afrobeast: Yaaba Funk (Sterns/Southbound)

 |   |  <1 min read

Afrobeast: Bukom Mashie
Afrobeast: Yaaba Funk (Sterns/Southbound)

Here's a true meltdown of many African styles from a multi-culti/multi-continent group from Brixton which pulls together juju guitars and a horn section, brings in some rolling Afrobeat percussion of the old style and deliver the brew with a dose of palm wine warmth and Ghanaian highlife.

Purists may bemoan the all-in collision of sounds but it works and hits head, heart and feet simultaneously, and doesn't overplay its hand in the horns and percussion which are busy but masterfully restrained.

Not exactly essential, but certainly an album to keep the home fires burning on a cold winter night. 

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   World Music articles index

Choban Elektrik; Choban Elektrik (CDBY)

Choban Elektrik; Choban Elektrik (CDBY)

Among the more irritating people on the planet are those who ask you if you've heard such'n'such a band (usually utterly obscure, not available to hear on Spotify or buy through some on-line... > Read more

Various Artists: Music of the Santal Tribe (ARC Music)

Various Artists: Music of the Santal Tribe (ARC Music)

At Elsewhere we've observed as recently as earlier this year -- in a review regarding the Taranaki Womad -- how much festival-programmed "world music" has become just... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

ONE WE MISSED: Deerhunter, Fading Frontier (4AD)

ONE WE MISSED: Deerhunter, Fading Frontier (4AD)

Quite how we missed this new album by Deerhunter/Bradford Cox who has long been an Elsewhere favourite is simple: laziness. The album doesn't announce its contents in the clever cover so it... > Read more

GRAEME GASH OF WAVES INTERVIEWED (2103): On the crest of new Waves

GRAEME GASH OF WAVES INTERVIEWED (2103): On the crest of new Waves

Back in February 2012, I pulled the sole album by New Zealand's Waves from off my shelf and posted the track Arrow as a From the Vaults entry. At the time I said this innovative self-titled... > Read more