Various Artists / Rough Guide To Psychedelic Africa
Album: Rough Guide To Psychedelic Africa   Collection:World
Artist:Various Artists   Added:Mar 2012
Label:World Music Network  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2012-04-07 Pull Date: 2012-06-09 Charts: Reggae/World
Week Ending: Jun 10 Jun 3 May 27 May 20 May 13 May 6 Apr 22 Apr 15
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Recent Airplay
1. Jan 05, 2022: New World Disorder (rebroadcast from Jun 2, 2012)
Eruq Yalèshew
4. Jun 09, 2012: New World Disorder
Ekassa 28
2. Sep 20, 2013: Doc Com
Eruq Yalèshew
5. Jun 02, 2012: New World Disorder
Eruq Yalèshew
3. Jul 08, 2012: New World Disorder
Let Yourself Go
6. Jun 02, 2012: Frequency Jam
Let Yourself Go

Album Review
Sadie O.
Reviewed 2012-04-05
Rough Guide to Psychedelic Africa
Reviewed by Sadie O., 4/5/12
Interesting Highlife/Afrobeat collection. I wouldn’t call this psychedelic, personally, although it does have occasional tinges thereof.. Maybe it’s African incorporation of some Western elements, without the same access to pharmaceuticals. All tracks on CD 1 are great, all for different reasons. CD 2 is mostly Afro-Cuban jams with all the best intentions… No FCCs detected.
CD 1:
1. 2:10 ***downtempo swingy funky soul with grunts and screams. Backwoods James Brown.
2. 6:18 ***slithery twangy slide guitar, pretty and downbeat Highlife horn section. Pretty and rather exotic. Soulful vocals in second half. Apparently a call for social justice and peace.
3. 3:43 ***uptempo and upbeat with great percussion and horns. Venerable Afro-beat group. Tiny bits of psychedelic organ.
4. 5:01 ***very slow, subdued, rootsy blues, trumpet has a Swing sound – sounds like a particularly scary version of St. James Infirmary… guitar solo is highly psychedelic. Gnarly!
5. 3:35 ***Ethiopian jazz with arpeggio bassline, elaborately decorative male vocals (most Ethiopian singers we have in the collection are female; it’s interesting to hear the style in a lower register.)
6. 5:45 ***cool, swingy Highlife with horn section and complex percussion, vocal harmonies, but psychedelic guitars in the background. Handdrum solo.
7. 6:25 ***downtempo mashup of sweet vocal harmonies, mariachi horn section, wah wah electric guitar, swingy groove, maybe a kora? Anyway, it works.
8. 7:14 ***almost a flamenco solo guitar intro, then very chill downtempo groove, great vocals, very cool sound. Sax solo, wah wah guitar. Actually recognizably psychedelic in bits.
9. 5:25 ***funky downtempo Afro-beat. Clean horns, rhythm section, wah-wah on most everything else. Goes into lazy psych jam.
10. 5:43 ***sprightly sweet Highlife with lots of high guitar tones, goobly background bits, vocals in English about Mami Wata (water spirit). Fun, and definitely very wet.
11. 13:26 ***electric guitar trills intro hovering on the edge of feedback, then sweet midtempo rumba sashay. Great vocals. I guess it’s the mashup of styles that makes it psychedelic. LONG, but stays interesting. Amazing guitar solo in second half of song. Wowzers!
CD 2:
1. 5:21 ***exuberant percussion, a bit 60’s pop and a bit Afro-Cuban. Gnarly guitar solo.
2. 6:43 **bippity boppity farfisa dance, wiggly with Latin tinge. Flute solo. Gets kinda trance-y in a voodoo kinda way. Falls apart at end.
3. 4:00 **gnarly farfisa intro leads into a relaxed rumba. Would be pleasant and nondescript, but that farfisa is damned perplexing.
4. 3:23 ***60’s pop vibe, happy bouncy, lots of flute and shakers.
5. 2:31 **upbeat pop groove. Less flute, more guitar.
6. 5:08 ***sweet pop with chimes, rumba groove. Desi Arnaz on ‘ludes. Odd vocal slides and soap opera organ. Different, fer sher!
7. 4:01 **midtempo Afro-Cuban feel (I’m visualizing everyone in the band having outfits with ruffled sleeves and maracas…) Nice wah-wah guitar solo.
8. 5:45 **minimalist groove with percussion strummed guitar and chimes. Very Caribbean feel. More gnarly organ…
9. 3:47 **more Afro-Cuban jollity with flute.
10. 3:07 ***bouncy yet trance-y, wah-wah guitar solo. This one actually qualifies as Psych, I think!

Track Listing
 ArtistTrack Name
1. Victor Olaiya's All Stars Soul International Let Yourself Go
2. Celestine Ukwu Obialu Be Onye Abiagbunia Okwukwe
3. Orchestre Poly-Rythmo Pardon
4. Orchestra Del La Paillote Kadia Blues
5. Alèmayèhu Eshètè Eruq Yalèshew
6. Balla Et Ses Balladins Fadakudu
7. Mlimani Park Orchestra Taxi Driver
8. Orchestra Baobab  Nijaay
9. Ebo Taylor Nga Nga
10. Victor Uwaifo Guitar Boy
11. Rail Band Wale Numa Lombaliya
12. Sir Victor Uwaifo Ekassa 28
13. Sir Victor Uwaifo Ekassa 34
14. Sir Victor Uwaifo Ekassa 31
15. Sir Victor Uwaifo Ekassa 32
16. Sir Victor Uwaifo Ekassa 25
17. Sir Victor Uwaifo Ekassa 38
18. Sir Victor Uwaifo Ekassa 24
19. Sir Victor Uwaifo Ekassa 26
20. Sir Victor Uwaifo Ekassa 35
21. Sir Victor Uwaifo Ekassa 29