SAHARA ALL STAR BAND JOS - Sahara All Star Band Jos (1976) 2016

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nicholas hamnett Overall, a superb Afrobeat album! Though I prefer my Afrobeat straight, no chaser, and the first track is a kind of reggae number, which clouded the purity of my enjoyment just a little. Reggae for me is about the only genre of Afro music I don't much like.("Super Wings" by Super Wings is dangerously close to Reggae, but that is such an awesome album I forgave it!).

There's a fabulous track on this album called "Take Your Soul" which I cannot believe the Stone Roses didn't hear before writing "Fool's Gold." You could call it an African "Fool's Gold," or more justly, you could call "Fool's Gold" a Brit "Take Your Soul." However, the overall sound of Sahara All Stars Of Jos has something John Squire himself said the Stone Roses music lacked: a nice "fat" sound.An instant favourite. Favorite track: Take Your Soul.
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℗ 1976 Sahara All Star Band Jos
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Based in the Havana Nightclub, in the central plateau town of Jos, the Sahara All Stars of Jos weren't part of the Lagos scene or the one in the east. Their leader, Dan Satch Ayo, had played with Dr Sir Warrior in the Orientals. He'd jammed with Mohammed Ahidjo and Sonny Akpan from The Funkees. Together with the All Stars he took the best of both scenes and created his own tight, hypnotic groove. First released in 1978, Sahara All Stars of Jos is a musical journey through all of those influences. ‘Freedom For Africa' is a potent rallying cry sugarcoated with a sweet reggae vibe. ‘World People' is an Afrobeat gem that condenses a night out at The Shrine into 10 min 43 secs. You can almost feel the steam coming out of New York manholes on ‘Take Your Soul.' And the Highlife-tinged ‘Alikali Adajo' brings it back, full-circle, to the Jos Hotel, just off the roundabout, where it all began. Engineered by Fela Kuti's regular knob twiddler, Emmanuel A. Odunesu, Sahara All Stars of Jos is a tight, funky sonic gem and a timely reminder that, in 70's, the groove was strong all over Nigeria.

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released September 12, 2016

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