Heard On The Floor: Manu Dibango – Reggae Makossa

When the two cardinal gurus behind Boiler Room and Rhythm Section INTL get behind the decks for an intimate b2b set, you can immediately expect to experience something both enriching and enlightening. Friday night’s Rhythm Section party was exactly that, with Bradley Zero and Thris Tian taking a break from their day jobs as principal pacesetters in the world of electronic music to parlay the finest global wax between each other from the comfort of Canavan’s Peckham Pool Club.

After loosening the congregation with guaranteed crowd-pleasers – from Snoop Dogg’s ‘Beautiful (ft. Pharrell Williams)‘ to Mala’s eponymous 140bpm take on Alicia Keys’ ‘Feeling U, Feeling Me‘ – the boys began to tropicalise the dance floor. Coasting from blinding South African boogie courtesy of Letta Mbulu’s ‘Nomalizo‘ (off the 1985 In The Music The Village Never Ends LP reissued this month) to Nigerian afrobeat king Fela Kuti, hands were reaching into the air across the floor. All of this built into a paradisiacal release with Manu Dibango‘s ‘Reggae Makossa’. Cameroonian horns billowed out, off-beat reggae rhythms got the crowd bouncing and funky female melodies marked this track down as a certified classic.

Just another great show from Peckham’s finest bi-monthly party.

Supplied by: Bradley Zero and Thris Tian at Rhythm Section @ Canavan’s Peckham Pool Club.

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