Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Jive Afrika  

In keeping with the spirit of Black Shag's Africa post and Beat Electric's permanent ban on any Christmas related music, today we celebrate the African-American holiday Kwanzaa with this Hugh Masekela joint on the Jive Afrika imprint. Jive Afrika was created as a catalyst for Masekela's early 80's output which shifted towards electronic and boogie oriented sounds. The sub label never grew much beyond Masekela and a couple of other artists, but I like the idea behind it. I just wish they could have dug up more African boogie gems such as this one.

Hugh Masekela - Don't Go Lose It Baby (Stretch Mix)
Hugh Masekela - Don't Go Lose It Baby (Dub Mix)
Hugh Masekela - Don't Go Lose It Baby (BT Magnum Edit)

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  • December 25, 2009 at 6:58 PM  

    The marimba sounds and the breathy bed-pad sounds come from the Fairlight CMi.

    They're factory bank-sounds which came with the Fairlight. They sounded bloody awesome and were irresistible ...... thus used by many other artists such as Peter Gabriel, Tears For Fears (Shout), Duran Duran .... practically EVERY artists from the 80's.

  • December 26, 2009 at 12:52 AM  

    Funny, I was just downloading pictures of the Fairlight CMI the other day. One of the first cassettes I ever owned was The Unforgettable Fire. Lots of nice fairlight on that one.

  • December 26, 2009 at 6:20 PM  

    ^ above comment is a SPAM

    i googled "casey planet diarrhea," and the results show that it's the same comment (verbatim) posted on other blogs' comments section.

  • December 26, 2009 at 6:54 PM  

    Here's a great site all about the Fairlight, including direct .wav samples for download.

    I've played with the Fairlight-III back in 1987, in London, at a place called Syco Systems. Although I did not buy the Fairlight, but I was one of the first in London to get an Akai MPC-60. My sales-person was Kendall Wrightson who's been featured in several documentaries about the Fairlight and other electronic instruments.

    Here's a link to youtube video of Kendall showing a demonstration of the Fairlight in the mid 80's.

  • March 23, 2010 at 3:42 PM  

    Thanks! I've been looking for this for ages.


  • May 21, 2010 at 9:20 AM  

    would love to find a clean digital copy of techno bush... wore my cassette out years ago! not available at any of the major outlets. too bad. nice post!