Wednesday, April 9, 2008

K. Frimpong

Alhaji K. Frimpong is a sadly missed Ghanaian singer who has had a bit of a renaissance in recent times after his inclusion on the superb Soundway compilations Ghana Soundz volumes 1 & 2, which were a staple of many a DJ's recordboxes a couple of months ago. Soundway is a British record label based in Brighton, England whose mission is to release underground tropical dance music with a funky flavour. With a philosophy of quality not quantity Soundway hope to delve deep into areas that have gone unnoticed, uncovering tasty musical gems for the dance-floor and beyond and their releases are accompanied by detailed research.

Kyenken Bi Adi Mawu was his hit song and is a great launching block to his brilliant afro-funk sounds. I know very little about the man beyond his music and the liner notes on the Soundway releases and if any of you can point me in the direction of more then please do so.

K. Frimpong & His Cubano Fiestas - Kyenken Bi Adi Mawu

Collecting music in Africa can be a time consuming and demanding practice and this article by Duncan Brooker is a great illustration of just how far people will go to get that elusive afro cut. Being from South Africa where records were still pressed well into the 90s finding music on black crack isn't as difficult as it could be for someone hunting down Mulatu LPs in Ethiopia or Air Fiesta Matata LPs in Kenya but as I've come to appreciate my African roots more as I have gotten older, I have found that there is something that stirs my soul whenever I hear records by the likes of Fela Kuti and at the moment every other record that I buy is from the mother land and although it is costing me a small fortune I wouldn't want it any other way. Check this blog for more grooves than you can shake a Mabr at.

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