Contrary to what some people believe, the music we know today as Afrobeat wasn't created by Fela Kuti alone in a vacuum. There were numerous bands in Lagos during the mid-60s creating new hybrids by mixing ideas lifted from their favourite R&B and jazz records from the U.S. with West African highlife.
Of the Nigerian artists scrambling to incorporate James Brown's latest innovations, Orlando Julius was way out in front of the pack, as can be heard on the double-disc Super Afro Soul package. It brings together 1965's influential Super Afro Soul album (which never made it out of Africa on its initial release) with the compilation of his work with the Afro Sounders band, Orlando's Afro Ideas 1969-72, complete with well-researched liner notes.
The percussion-heavy bumper James Brown Ride On is one of the funky-finest tributes to the Godfather you'll ever encounter.