Premiere: Jo Tongo – Jangolo

Africa Seven is a new London and Paris based label and if it isn’t obvious already, they have a liking for music of African origin. The wonderful new compilation, Africa Airways One (Funk Connection 1973-1980), is the label’s first release and is a generous helping of percussive grooves, deep basslines and vocal mantras that is sure to see them become an authority in African reissues before too long.

We’re delighted to premiere ‘Jangolo’, a classic afro funk track from Cameroon native Jo Tongo. Through lack of resource on the continent in those days, Tongo left Africa for Paris in 1976 to record what came to be one of his most successful hits. Start with a combination of rhythm guitar and drums, along with some iconic wah wah effect lead guitar and signature afrobeat horns and you will get heads turning. Add to that Onyeabor-style keyboard synths and irresistible fender bass solo lines played by Tongo himself and you have something pretty special.

Early signs are good from the afro music obsessive crate-diggers-come-label at Africa Seven, and we look forward to more of the same, with news that albums from Jake Sollo, Jo Tongo and Manu Di Bango are in the pipeline.

Africa Airways One is released 23rd March and is available to pre-order from Piccadilly Records, Kudos and all other good record stores.

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