Record Label: Secret Stash Records
Each LP package is hand assembled, hand numbered, and placed in a resealable dust bag by our staff (along with some wonderful volunteers). As always, each copy comes with an MP3 download card good for the entire album.
George Danquah’s Hot Jumpy is one of the most collectable funky gems to come out of the incredible music scene in Ghana during the 70s. Today original copies can easily fetch over $300. To many collectors, this record seems to have come out of nowhere. It is the only known album by this New Edubiase (3 hours NW of Accra) native. He appears to have arrived out of thin air, recorded one of the funkiest albums in African history, and then vanished. However, this isn’t entirely true.
Danquah played with many of Ghana’s top musicians all throughout his career. Before recording this album he toured all over West Africa playing in such bands as Benya Beats, Blue Monks (which C.K. Mann, Ebo Taylor, and Pat Thomas were all members of), and the legendary Uhuru Dance Band (one of today’s most popular artists from this scene thanks to some wonderful compilations in recent years). He honed his skills playing with some of the country’s greatest musicians and arrangers. Hot and Jumpy is the culmination of many years of hard work and musical exploration.
As the cover art states, Hot and Jumpy offers up “New Dimensions in African Hustle! Reggae! Native! Soul!” It ranges from monster funk bombs like “Just For A Moment” and “Araba Soso Wo Ndzema” to super mellow reggae cuts like “African Reggae” (which pretty much breaks any stereotypes about Ghanaian Reggae).
“Why Worry-Let’s Do Highlife” is a refreshingly funky take on the classic sound of Ghana. Tracks like “Mbesiafo” and “Chain of Love” mix all of the above together (and then some).
1. Mbesiafo (Part one)
2. African Reggae
3. Just For a Moment
4. Araba Soso Wo Ndzema
5. Chain Of Love
6. Why Worry
7. Mbesiafo (Part two)
8. Mese Medo No9. Onyame Sane
Body Music, Afro Funk's 1975 LP, was recorded and released in London, England. The band was comprised mostly of West-African expatriates residing there. At the time, the city was host to a vibrant African music scene. The massive success of Osibisa created a swarm of young bands trying to use London as a launching pad for international stardom. Unfortunately, Afro Funk did not find the success they were looking for and Body Music became their only album. The deep funk grooves and driving afrobeat rhythms featured on this rare LP have made it a desired addition to record collections around the world. After its small private press release in London on "Kabana Records," Body Music was also released in extremely limited quantities by Kojo Asare's Chairman Records in Ghana. Despite the well crafted mix of various West-African styles and American funk, without the support of a label and no major touring it quickly faded into obscurity. Today copies rarely surface. Secret Stash is proud to present the first ever reissue of this collectable piece of African music history. As always, this vinyl only release includes a digital download card giving the user high quality MP3s of the entire album.
"Sweatin' (Do What You Want To)" was recorded in 1965 at One-derful! Records in Chicago, but never issued. It features Cash, assisted by a male chorus, chanting lyrics playing off a host of then current dances, The Twist, Boomerang, Pony, Shake, and Twine, plus the latest sensations, "Barracuda" and "Shotgun." Years after it was recorded, a mislabeled instrumental acetate of the song surfaced in England. The acetate, under the incorrect name ""You Got Me Baby"" by The Kinettes, became a floor filler on the northern soul scene. This new 45 will be the first official pressing of the "Sweatin' (Do What You Want To)" instrumental, and the discovery of the vocal take finally solves the mystery behind this sought after recording."
Combining the sounds of Afrobeat, Ghanaian Funk, and Ethio Jazz, Dérobé (Pronounced Day-Row-Bay) Dance Band creates a unique brand of heavy dance music tinged with dark intensity. Their debut 45, “Gogoplata” B/W “Kem Dahg,” was recorded at Secret Stash in late 2013. The haunting melodies and intense driving rhythms crafted by this 13 piece Minneapolis based outfit make this record a must have.