V/A - African Scream Contest 2 (2xLP)
Double LP version comes on 140 gram vinyl; gatefold sleeve; includes 24-page, LP-size booklet.
Who knew that some of the most exciting Afro-funk records of all time were actually made in the small West African country of Benin? Once Analog Africa released the first African Scream Contest in 2008, the proof was there for all to hear; gut-busting yelps, lethally well-drilled horn sections and irresistibly insistent rhythms added up to a record that took you into its own space. Ten years on, intrepid crate-digger Samy Ben Redjeb unveils a new treasure trove of Vodoun-inspired Afrobeat heavy funk crossover greatness. Right from the laceratingly raw guitar fanfare which kicks off Les Sympathics de Porto Novo's pile-driving opener, it's clear that African Scream Contest 2 is every bit as joyous a voyage of discovery as its predecessor. Ignace De Souza & The Melody Aces' "Asaw Fofor" would've been a killer instrumental but once you've factored in the improbably-rich-to-the-point-of-being-Nat-King-Cole-influenced lead vocal, it's a total revelation. The screaming does not stop there, in fact it's only just beginning.
Already familiar to fans of the first African Scream Contest as a mainstay of ruthlessly disciplined military band Les Volcans de la Capitale, Lokonon André vanished in a cloud of dust at Ben Redjeb's behest with a list of names and some petrol money, only to return a few days later having miraculously tracked down every single name he'd been given. The source of this Afrobeat bounty-hunter's impressive people-finding skills -- his training with the KGB -- highlights the tension between encroaching authoritarian politics and fearless expressions of personal creative freedom which is the back-story of so much great African music of the '60s and '70s.
Happily, in this instance, Lokonon was tracking the artists down to offer them licensing deals, rather than to arrest them. Samy Ben Redjeb's determination to track this amazing music to its human sources pays huge karmic dividends. Features Stanislas Tohon, Elias Akadiri & Sunny Black´s Band, Picoby Band D´Abomey, Antoine Dougbé, Orch. Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou, Black Santiago, Lokonon André et Les Volcans, Sebastien Pynasco and L´Orchestre Black Santiago, Super Borgou de Parakou, Cornaire Salifou Michel et L´Orchestre El Rego & ses Commandos, Gnonnas Pedro and His Dadjes Band, and Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou. African Scream Contest 2 includes meticulously researched text and effortlessly fashion-forward photography, supplied by the artists themselves.
Les Sympathics de Porto Novo - A Min We Vo Nou We
Ignace de Souza & The Melody Aces - Asaw Fofor
Stanislas Tohon - Dja Dja Dja
Elias Akadiri & Sunny Black's Band - L´enfance
Picoby Band D´Abomey - Mé Adomina
Antoine Dougbé - Nounignon Ma Klon Midji
Orch. Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou - Moulon Devia
Black Santiago - Paulina
Lokonon André et Les Volcans - Glenon Ho Akue
Sebastien Pynasco and L´Orchestre Black Santiago - Sadé
Super Borgou de Parakou - Baba L´Oke Ba´Wagbe
Cornaire Salifou Michel et L´Orchestre El Rego & ses Commandos - Gangnidodo
Gnonnas Pedro and His Dadjes Band - How Much Love Naturally Cost
Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou - Idavi
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