Label: Superfly Records - VSCD-9402,Production Dessinée - PDSF-071 • Format: CD Album, Reissue Paper Sleeve • Country: Japan • Genre: Funk / Soul, Folk, World, & Country • Style: Afrobeat
He'd gather together the hottest musicians in Ghana and record an album of the heaviest and funkiest sounds coming out of America. And this time, he wouldn't just design the cover, like he'd done with Fela Kuti, he'd even release it on his new label, Emporium, as well.
They were christened the Kelenkye Band and gelled immediately. Moving World, is a funky, disparate album that exudes a rare warmth, enthusiasm and togetherness. There's also a bit of reggae, 'Dracula Dance', and old-school highlife, 'Wale Tobite'.
Accra's leading DJ, Charlie Sam, declared his mind 'well and truly boggled. Augustus Kerry Taylor shut down Emporium and went back to designing album covers. But in Moving World they delivered a perfect moment of funk alchemy that has rightly become Dracula Dance - Kelenkye Band / ケレンケ・バンド* - Moving World / ムーヴィング・ワールド holy grail of '70s Ghanian groove.
Moving World. Dracula Dance. Brotherhood of Man. No Man Is Born to Suffer. Groovy Love. Jungle Music. Wale Tobite. Kelenkye Beat. A band from Ghana with an irresistible sound. Many of the songs have a undeniable Jamaican sound and Dracula Dance could easily be mistaken for a song by Jimmy Cliff. Having discovered the Kelenkye Band and " Moving World" quite by accident I was instantly taken with their unique African style, great musicianship, wide ranging varied songs.
The drumming and organ are great but the vocals tend to, like Mars (Live Radio Mix) - LT. Gabber - Mars of African music, tends slightly toward monotonousness ,therefore only 4 stars. A very intriguing group who deserve at least a fair listen to see if they charm you as much as they did me.
By, Jonathan Still.
Donde Estan Tus Ojos Negros - Various - Baila Mi Amor, Trampa de Pobreza - Chulo - Rapaz y Carroñero (PlayTape), Combine XXXIII - Due Process - Combine XXIII-XXXV, Symphony No. 2 In C Op. 61 - Schumann* - Riccardo Muti, Philharmonia Orchestra, New Philharmonia Orc