African Saven has unabashedly stuck to the formula of their debut compilation; keeping the funk deep and the groove pan-African. Heading straight for the afrobeat, dance-funk jugular.
They open up Volume Two with an absolute corker… “Na Real Sekele Fo Ya” from Cameroonian-in-Paris Pasteur Lappe. Produced by Jacob Desvarieux of Kassav fame, this track is an instant grabber; Think of the Blockheads “Rhythm Stick” goes Afro chant with deep, soulful moog grooves and on-point brass stabs. Next up is M’Bamina an Italian / Ivory Coast band who swing things heavy with “Kilowi Kilowi”. Sweeting strings, funky bass lines wrapped around a late 70s style disco groove.
Ekambi Briallant is next up with his floor tappingly catchy afro soul “Aboki (Mon Copain)”, produced by one of our favorite producers Slim Pezin. To round off the A-side of the vinyl we present the first outing from the Makeba family. Here the (sadly prematurely departed) Bongi Makeba, daughter of “Mama Africa” Myriam Makeba, shows the world just what an amazing artist she would have developed into. Bongi wrote a fair number of her mother’s tracks in her later years and “Don’t Do It” shows us the true talent she was blessed with. The track her powers along with wah-wah guitar and masterful alto sax. A real treat throughout.