Timmy Thomas - Africano b/w Why Can't We Live Together (12")
Timmy Thomas: Without a doubt, hes most famously known for the hit song Why Cant We Live Together. The record topped the U.S. Billboard R&B chart, made the top three in the Billboard Hot 100 and was charted in top 10 in many countries including the UK. A staple in the R&B scene, he had a succesful solo career until the mid 80s, later focusing on the writing and production side of the business.
Why Cant We Live Together: It may have been his biggest hit, but also one that keeps resonating to this day. A response to the devastating news coming from the war in Vietnam, its words No more wars, we want peace in this world, and no matter what color, youre still my brother. are indicative of a time marked by the horrors of war abroad, and the racial discrimination in America. Written and Produced by Timmy Thomas himself solely on a Lowrey organ, and an early rhythm machine, the song however was far from simple as its emotive message continues to provide a profound context. And even though its been covered over the years by many artist including Sade and Joan Osborne, Why Cant We Live Together has managed to come back on the charts again in 2015, as the instrumental backing to Drakes Hotline Bling, which has now sold over 2 Million copies in the U.S. Alone. Once a hit, always a hit.
Africano: When it comes to this Deep Disco cut, Africano is one of those tracks that probably never got much shine in America, but has since become a dancefloor favorite of underground disco DJs worldwide. Curiously, years after its release, its biggest supporters were Italian DJs like Danielle Baldelli, Mozart and Gianni Maselli who during the 80s played Disco, African records, American R&B, and reggae to create what has been since become known as the Afro-Cosmic scene at the height of Club culture in the discothe?ques of Northern Italy.
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