LP - Steve Black - Village Boogie - Reissue
After starting his musical career back in 1968, the Nigerian artist, drummer, singer, multi-instrumentalist and producer Steve Black released his fantastic and unique album Village Boogie in 1979. Village Boogie really deserves the status of a legendary rarity and holy-grail for fans of Afro-funk. The original album is incredibly rare today. On this unique album Steve Black presents a new version of the smasher, "Brand New Wayo", originally played by the band Mixed Grill, in which Steve Black was also the singer. Along with that hit, Village Boogie gives us six other groovers and movers that make your hips shake like you were hit by an earthquake, and in fact this is an earthquake of ever pulsating polyrhythmic drum and percussion patterns. A solid platform for lush horn arrangements and swinging bass lines. A little bit of guitar and other instrumentation adds color to the whole wild steaming funky sound and on top we find the utterly distinctive voice of Mr. Steve Black. Village Boogie comes as strong as the best U.S. funk releases of the '70s, but this has very special Nigerian power to make anyone move their hips, coming from the very depth of the musicians' souls. The album spreads a joyful and jolly feeling where and whenever you make it rotate on your turntable. It's a brilliant Afro-funk gem that everybody needs to hear. The concentration of real anthems moves on a highest level.