Day 18: Carthago – Alech (Instrumental)

Day 16 of our charity Advent Calendar in aid of The Steve Reid Foundation.

Habibi Funk are eternally on a treasure hunt for rarities of the Arabic nature. The mission, started by Jakarta Records’ Jannis Sturtz, seeks to re-release funked-up finds from the 1960s to 1980s, much of which we’d rarely stumble across without their assistance.

Last month we premiered ‘Hanen’, an instrumental from Tunisian funk outfit Carthago, and now we have the pleasure of sharing another of the EP’s delectable cuts. Founded in the late 1970s as a merging of Tunis band Dalton, and another band called Marhaba, Carthago re-recorded their take on Dalton’s song ‘Alech’ with a strong disco focus. This fast-paced funk fiesta is driven by harmonious riffs, drums and subtle percussion shakes, leading to a soaring guitar solo. There’s foot tapping and guaranteed smiles all round as this stripped-back groove unfolds.

Download ‘Alech’ from our Bandcamp. It’s pay-what-you-like, with all proceeds going to The Steve Reid Foundation, a charity founded by Gilles Peterson that aims to support musicians in dedication to the visionary jazz drummer. Alech is taken from Habibi Funk 004, which you can also buy from Bandcamp.

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