Afro-Classics from the 1960s and 1970s

Tom Schnabel explores classic and forceful African music from the 1960s and 1970s. Much of this music was never issued on cd or came out of Africa or production centers like Paris and Brussells. Some music, like Orchestra Mazembe of Kenya, was only released as 45 rpm 7" singles. This is classic African music, driving rhythms, pre-synth and drum machines, often featuring strange-sounding guitars from Eastern bloc countries like East Germany, Czechoslovakia, and Poland during the Soviet era.

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Track List:

  1. Orchestra Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou | Houzou Houzou Wa | The Skeletal of Afro Funk 1969-1980  vol 3 | Analog Africa
  2. Bibi Tanga and the Selenites | Be Africa | Rough Guide to African Disco | Rough Guides
  3. Orchestra Super Mazembe | Mwana Mazembe | Mazembe @ 45 rpm | Stern’s
  4. Orchestra Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou | Vi E Lo | The Skeletal of Afro Funk 1969-1980  vol 3 | Analog Africa
  5. The Rift Valley Brothers | Tiga Kurira | Kenya Special | Soundway
  6. Dieuf Dieul de Tries | Na Binta | Aw Sa Yone Vol 1 | Terangabeat
  7. Sory Kandia Kouyate | Minawa | La Voix de la Revolution | Sterns





Tom Schnabel