You'd think that by now, almost two years into the current African groove craze, the stash of incredibly funky afro beats would be almost finished. Apparently not.
After the success of its Racubah and Ouelele collections, French label Comet has cobbled together 13 more neck-bobbing, African-inspired records from around the planet, wisely breaking the vise-like grip of JB's inspired grooves for a more diverse and well-rounded afro-funk survey. Alfred Panou jams with the Art Ensemble of Chicago on a remarkably coherent bit of afro-fusion, George-Edouard Nouel brings Congolese Cuban grooves, Les Dum infuses his sinewy groove with slinky North African charm, and Ephraim Nzeka fills the required Fela quotient with a stomping cover of Zombie. Just as funky as the first two volumes, but in a less obvious way. MG