An Afro-Latin Love Story <3

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**DOUBLE THE LOVE FEATURE**

In the words of KRS-One, “That word love is a very serious thing,  and if you don’t watch out I tell you that (love’s gonna get you, love’s gonna get you), because a lot of people say I love my car or I love my chain or or I love that girl over there so for all the people out there that fall in love with material items we gonna bump the beat a little somethin’ like this…”

Love's A Real Thing

Amazing how the mainstream media and the powers that be put aside one day of the year to celebrate Love.  The reality is obvious that everyday has room for love from the moment of waking, to the dreams we carry through our sleep.  On this “holiday,” where the western world remembers love and pumps money into the corporations to please their loved ones we offer you some music made with love to enjoy whether you are alone, with your significant other, or among friends and family.  Good timeless music of love that is not limited to a single day of the year.

1st up on this double feature comes from David Byrne‘s series of World Psychedelic Classics, this third installment is titled, Love’s a Real Thing:  The Funky Fuzzy Sounds of West Africa.  Luaka Bop records put this out on compact disc and got help from Stones Throw on the vinyl in 2005.  On this excellent compilation we hear deep West African rhythms from the 70’s  that use elements of funk, psychedelic,  and afro-beat elements blending together for an easy to absorb impressive output.  Super Eagles, contribute as one of the album’s highlights with the title track bugged out “Love’s a Real Thing.” No. 1 de No. 1 brings to the table a latin twist with “Guajiro Van” and  Nigerian hero William Onyeabor absolutely destroys the super powers of the world with his sociopolitical charged “Better Change your Mind.”  The rest of the compilation is just as funky, just as fuzzy.

Download Love’s A Real Thing compilation  here.

On part two of our “Double Feature” we celebrate love with Sergio Mendes and Brasil ’77‘s 1973 release, Love Music.  Not as deep as some of the other Brasil 77 albums like Primal Roots as previously posted here, and in fact sometimes its a little quirky.  However Sergio has always found a way to re-invent Latin American and Western world classics.  Here is no exception as the group journeys through love songs in broader than Broadway style.  Note super percussionist Paulinho da Costa appears on this album as well.

Download Love Music here.

Track List:

01 – Where Is This Love (MacDonald / Salter)
02 – Put a Little Love Away (Lambert / Potter)
03 – Don’t Le Me Be Lonely Tonight (James Taylor)
04 – Killing Me Softly With His Song (Fox / Norman Gimbel)
05 – Love Music (Lambert / Potter)
06 – You Can’t Dress Up a Broken Heart (Lambert / Potter)
07 – Hey Look At The Sun (Ângelo)
08 – Walk The Way You Talk (Burt Bacharach / David)
09 – I Won’t Last a Day Without You (Nichols / Williams)
10 – I Can See Clearly Now (Nash)

Truley Yours,

Mike Styles

2 comments on “An Afro-Latin Love Story <3

  1. […] listeners crash course to Musica Brasiliera.  The mix features Brazilian inspired  tracks from Sergio Mendes’ Brasil ’65 – ’77, Baden Powell, Astrud Gilberto, Wanda de Sah, Nana Cayimmi, J […]

  2. […] listeners crash course to Musica Brasiliera.  The mix features Brazilian inspired  tracks from Sergio Mendes’ Brasil ’65 – ’77, Baden Powell, Astrud Gilberto, Wanda de Sah, Nana Cayimmi, J Dilla, Platinum […]

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