Funky desert blues with some Congotronics on "République Amazone" by Les Amazones D’Afrique (Real World) on CD as well 2-LP.
The “Amazonian Republic” proves an exciting country, its music tumbling between languages (Mandinka, French, English), and African and western styles. Benin star Angélique Kidjo opens in strident form against a “Congotronic” setting from producer Liam Farrell (of Mbongwana Star fame), whose backings segue easily from spritely African kora to R&B and reggae grooves.
1. Dombolo (5:12)
4. La Dame Et Ses Valises (4:06)
11. I Play The Kora (4:03)
12. Desert Storm (5:55)
Few records have blown us away this year quite like the high-octane debut from all-female west African group Les Amazones D’Afrique. In the first instance, République Amazone is a protest record targeting the repression of women both on the continent and around the world – or as they said in a recent interview, “a love letter to men” – and one where the music is as fresh and urgent as the message. Produced by Mbongwana Star affiliate Doctor L (Liam Farrell), it seamlessly crafts a contemporary sound from fragments of the region’s traditional heritage, desert blues, syncopated synth-heavy funk and stack-rattling bass music. Quite possibly one of the most under-rated party records of the year, political or otherwise. (review by Vinylfactory)