Afro-music continues to inspire a whole host of musicians, producers and DJs but even now the full picture of Afro-music in the 1960s and 70s is still far from being properly represented. Ghana Soundz Volume 2 goes some way to readdressing the balance.
Ghana was one of the centers of the music called highlife, but the Afro-beat and funk that came out of the country in the 1970s, in the wake of Fela Kuti's musical success in Nigeria, has largely gone undocumented – until now. Compiled from obscure 45s and albums, Ghana Soundz is the first of a three-volume series that will most definitely put Ghanaian funk on the map. Some of it is truly fabulous, like tracks by the Sweet Talks, the Ogyatanaa Show Band, and the Apagya Show Band, all of which do funk in the Afro-beat mold of interlocking parts over an infectious rhythm, giving room for improvisation. Others, like Oscar Sulley & the Uhuru Dance Band, take more of a jazz tack.
Albums came less frequently from Stanley Clarke in the 1990s as film scores took up more and more of his time. Not only that, the ideas and functions of film music play a large role in East River Drive, where selections come as often as not in the form of cue-like vamps, as well as two actual themes from Clarke's scores for the films Poetic Justice and Boyz N the Hood. Oddly enough, Clarke's music benefits from his film immersion, for his compositional ideas are sharper and more sophisticated here, and he applies them to a range of electric music idioms.
Cold Fusion was formed in 2002 by Marcin Bachtiak from Białogard (Poland).
"ORP Orzeł" (2006) is a musical vision of tragic and romantic history of brave crew of polish submarine. Music from this album has been used as a soundtrack to the documentary movie "Legend of the Orzel". But is it only a soundtrack? "ORP Orzeł" gives a lot more to the listener - it takes you underneath the waves, right to the interior of a Polish submarine taking part in IIWW military actions. The first of the eight untitled tracks is a great introduction to that. Sounds coming from afar, somewhere between hasty footsteps and engine room noise you can hear hums of explosions…