Funky souly goodness from start to finish. You can’t help but love this, I feel!
Her voice is stunning, of course. But that groove is brilliant. The squelchy yet tight bass struts confidently over a solid drum beat. You’ve got a smattering of guitars and a couple of old school synths to complete the package too!
Roy Ayers, who Sylvia had worked with extensively in the 70s, helped to write the song. It’s become her most famous, especially after being sampled in a Notorious B.I.G song (“Get Money”, 1995), and used in a Grand Theft Auto video game.
The song was released in 1981, on Roy Ayers’ record label, “Uno Melodic”.
Anyone who’s been going to the cinema in the last 5 years might be familiar with the Amazons as the tribe of fierce warrior women in Greek mythology. Or, you might know that through your extensive classical education and what not. In any case, the Amazons are a byword for bad ass women.
Have a listen to this banger, originally released on Au Coeur De Paris in 1983, and tell me that this all female ensemble of Guinean ex-servicewomen doesn’t absolutely smash it!
The pulsing percussion comes in a torrent, exuberant horns riding the wave, with the classic afrobeat guitar lick steadily rolling. And those vocals; the power!
You can feel the energy of the crowd, since the recording was done live. The appreciation of the deft guitar solo and bold horns rings out – and why not? This is simply flawless from start to finish.
Having posted a disco hit from 1975 yesterday, it seems only fair to include another. This is technically funk, but it makes me want to wear some flares and strut my stuff – not that I could ever pull that off!
I’m not sure if there are many songs catchier than this. This is very catchy indeed…
So catchy, in fact, that this track reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100.
A country in Africa which I haven’t touched on so much in this blog is Zambia.
The ‘Zamrock’ scene is one shaped by the tumultuous history of Zambia, and represents something special in music terms.
The fuzzy bass, the funky drums, the strident yet harmonious vocals – it’s almost like a more punky version of reggae!
This track is unmistakably African, and has the familiar psychedelic feeling of 70s rock fusion on the continent. But once you’ve listened to Zamrock for half an hour or so, you really start to gain an appreciation for its uniqueness.
The song can be found on Welcome To Zamrock! How Zambia’s Liberation Led To a Rock Revolution, Vol. 2 (1972-1977), released in 2017 on Now Again records.