Category Archives: Funk

EDWIN SANZ-OVERFLOW.

EDWIN SANZ-OVERFLOW. There aren’t many six year olds that leave home to become a dancer. That’s apart from Edwin Sanz.  He was only six when he joined the Grupo Madera dance group, which promotes Afro-Caribbean and Afro-Venezuelan culture through dance and music. For the next twelve years, Edwin Sanz toured Venezuela and traversed South America and Europe. …

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MARY AFI USUA-AFRICAN WOMAN.

MARY AFI USUA-AFRICAN WOMAN. When Mary Afi Usuah released her sophomore album African Woman on Clover Music in 1978, very few people outside of Nigeria heard the album. That was despite Mary Afi Usuah having performed in front of hundreds of thousands of music fans.  Mary Afi Usuah had spent thirteen years touring Europe with …

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LITTLE RICHARD-THE RILL THING, THE KING OF ROCK ’N’ ROLL AND THE SECOND COMING.

LITTLE RICHARD-THE RILL THING, THE KING OF ROCK ’N’ ROLL AND THE SECOND COMING. After a three years absence, Little Richard hit the comeback trail on the 11th March 1970. That was when he began work on his new album The Rill Thing. This would be the first album the thirty-five year old rock ’n’ …

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SPACE ECHO-THE MYSTERY BEHIND THE COSMIC SOUND OF CABO VERDE FINALLY REVEALED!

SPACE ECHO-THE MYSTERY BEHIND THE COSMIC SOUND OF CABO VERDE FINALLY REVEALED! In the spring of 1968, dockers in Baltimore, loaded cargo onto a ship bound for Rio De Janeiro, in Brazil. For the dockers, it was just another day at the  “office.” This was what they did, day in, day out. No longer did …

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WEATHER REPORT-THE COLUMBIA YEARS 1971-1975.

WEATHER REPORT-THE COLUMBIA YEARS 1971-1975. By the late-sixties, jazz was no longer as popular as it had once been. Jazz’s popularity had plummeted over the last few years. Many jazz clubs were  closing, or being converted into venues that put on rock bands.  Sales of jazz were down. Critics and cultural commentators were drawing comparisons with  blues music.  Although there had …

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TIM MAIA: WORLD PSYCHEDELIC CLASSICS 4: NOBODY CAN LIVE FOREVER: THE EXISTENTIAL SOUL OF TIM MAIA.

TIM MAIA: WORLD PSYCHEDELIC CLASSICS 4: NOBODY CAN LIVE FOREVER: THE EXISTENTIAL SOUL OF TIM MAIA. Tim Maia was unlike most singers. Not only was he hugely talented and charismatic, but each day, he lived life on the edge. Defiantly, Tim Maia lived each day as if it was his last. By then, he was a cult hero in …

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WILLIAM ONYEAEBOR MUSICIAN AND MAN OF MYSTERY.

WILLIAM ONYEAEBOR MUSICIAN AND MAN OF MYSTERY. Enigmatic. That’s the perfect word to describe synth funk pioneer, William Onyeabor. He is, without doubt, one of the most mysterious and elusive musicians. There’s a good reason for this, Much of William Onyeabor’s life is shrouded in mystery. After releasing eight albums between 1978 and 1985, William Onyeabor became …

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DJ FORMAT’S PSYCH OUT.

DJ FORMAT’S PSYCH OUT. Nowadays, compilations of psychedelia are commonplace. Indeed, hardly a week goes by without another compilation of psychedelia being released. Alas, these compilations vary in quality, and are best described as the good, the bad and ugly.  The best compilations of psychedelia are lovingly curated  by knowledgeable and enthusiastic compilers. Others compilations …

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HOLGER CZUKAY-MOVIE!

HOLGER CZUKAY-MOVIE! In 1979, Holger Czukay’s career was at a crossroads. Can the group he cofounded in 1968, had split-up. After releasing eleven albums in eleven years, one of music’s most innovative groups were no more. This came as no surprise to Holger Czukay, who was about to resume his solo career. During the ten …

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IDRIS ACKAMOOR AND THE PYRAMIDS-WE BE ALL AFRICANS.

IDRIS ACKAMOOR AND THE PYRAMIDS-WE BE ALL AFRICANS. By the time The Pyramids arrived at the UC Berkeley Jazz Festival in 1977, they had established a reputation as one of the most exciting and innovative live bands on the international circuit. The Pyramids shows were unique, and were a mixture of percussive, spiritual and space-age …

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MOP MOP-LUNAR LOVE.

MOP MOP-LUNAR LOVE. Growing up, music was always a huge part of Andrea Benini’s life. He started to play the guitar when he was ten. By the time he was fourteen, Andrea Benini had switched to drums. This would stand him in good stead later in life. Towards the end of 1999, twenty-two year old …

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CALIFORNIA SOUL-FUNK AND SOUL FROM THE GOLDEN STATE 1967-1976.

CALIFORNIA SOUL-FUNK AND SOUL FROM THE GOLDEN STATE 1967-1976. Even today, many people still see California as an idyllic paradise. They see the Golden State as a place where the sun shines all summer long on a sparkling blue Ocean. Meanwhile, the beautiful people arrive at the beach in their Little Deuce Coupe, where they …

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SUN-WANNA MAKE LOVE (COME FLICK MY BIC)/SUN-POWER AND SUNBURN.

SUN-WANNA MAKE LOVE (COME FLICK MY BIC)/SUN-POWER AND SUNBURN.   During the seventies, Dayton, Ohio was the funk capital of America. The region produced some of the greatest and most successful funk bands of the era. This included Funkadelic, Parliament, The Gap Band, The Ohio Players, Lakeside, Zapp, Slave and Platypus. However, they weren’t alone. …

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ALOHA GOT SOUL.

ALOHA GOT SOUL. The 21st of August 1959 was the day the Hawaiian history was changed forever. That day, Hawaii became the fiftieth and most recent American state. This changed Hawaii forevermore; including its cultural identity. From that day onwards, Hawaiian music changed. The next generation of Hawaiian musicians would be influenced the British Invasion …

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THINGS GONNA GET BETTER: STREET FUNK AND JAZZ GROOVES 1970-1977.

THINGS GONNA GET BETTER: STREET FUNK AND JAZZ GROOVES 1970-1977. As the seventies dawned, America was still at war in Vietnam, and the struggle for racial equality continued. Things were improving,  but still, when it came to racal equality, America’s report card said “could do better.” There was hope though.  The civil rights movement hoped …

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THE FIFTY-FIVE BEST COMPILATIONS OF 2015-PART 2.

THE FIFTY-FIVE BEST COMPILATIONS OF 2015-PART 2. DISC0 2: A FURTHER FINE SELECTION OF INDEPENDENT DISCO, MODERN SOUL AND BOOGIE 1976-80. Just seven months after Soul Jazz Records released Disco: A Fine Selection of Independent Disco, Modern Soul and Boogie in November 2014, the London based label return with the sequel, Disco 2: A Further …

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THE FIFTY-FIVE BEST COMPILATIONS OF 2015-PART 5.

THE FIFTY-FIVE BEST COMPILATIONS OF 2015-PART 5. PRIVATE WAX VOLUME TWO. Private Wax Volume Two was released on BBE Music in October 2015. This is another compilation of “Super Rare Boogie and Disco Compiled By Zaflovevinyl.” Given their rarity, it’s no wonder it’s taken three years to compile Private Wax Volume Two. However, if anyone …

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LONNIE LISTON SMITH AND THE COSMIC ECHOES-REFLECTIONS OF A GOLDEN DREAM.

LONNIE LISTON SMITH AND THE COSMIC ECHOES-REFLECTIONS OF A GOLDEN DREAM. Of all the artists Bob Thiele signed to Flying Dutchman Productions, Lonnie Liston Smith and The Cosmic Echoes proved to be one the most successful. However, success didn’t come overnight for Lonnie Liston Smith and The Cosmic Echoes. Neither Lonnie Liston Smith and The …

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DAVE HAMILTON’S DETROIT SOUL VOLUME 2

DAVE HAMILTON’S DETROIT SOUL VOLUME 2 Sadly, Dave Hamilton is one of the forgotten men in the Motown story. That’s despite being one of the original members of Motown’s house band The Funk Brothers. They were formed in 1959, and right through to 1962, Dave Hamilton played guitar and vibes on early Motown recordings. Then …

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CHANGE-REACH FOR THE SKY AN ANTHOLOGY.

CHANGE-REACH FOR THE SKY AN ANTHOLOGY. Part of the soundtrack to the disco era was recorded by studio bands. They featured mostly anonymous session musicians and unknown vocalists. Many of these musicians and vocalists were just at the start of their careers, including Luther Vandross.  The twenty-eight year old backing vocalist had worked with everyone …

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