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LAFAYETTE AFRO-ROCK BAND Soul Makossa (2024 UK/EU limited edition 6-track remastered LP pressed on 180-gram black vinyl, the definitive repress of the iconic funk rock album Soul Makossa from 1973. Featuring one of the most sampled breaks of all time, 'Hihache', used by Wu-Tang Clan, A Tribe Called Quest, Flying Lotus, and more. Picture sleeve with original cover artwork, plus hype sticker. Highly recommended).

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Lafayette Afro-Rock Band Soul Makossa - 180 Gram Black Vinyl UK vinyl LP album (LP record)
Tracklisting / Additional Info: Strut proudly presents the first official remastered reissue of the funk/Afro classic, Lafayette Afro Rock Band's Soul Makossa from 1973. In 1971, an undocumented seven-member Afro-American ensemble known as the Bobby Boyd Congress made a transformative journey from the United States to France. Bandleader Frank Abel recollects,"We sensed that the soul and funk market was saturated back home, and our original plan was a brief 6-month stint in Paris. Surprisingly, we ended up staying for a decade." Upon lead singer Bobby Boyd's return to the U.S., the group rebranded as Ice and crossed paths with independent producer Pierre Jaubert, a seasoned studio professional with credits on groundbreaking recordings alongside Charles Mingus, John Lee Hooker, and Archie Shepp, among others.

Drawing inspiration from Motown's work ethic, Jaubert initiated regular rehearsals with Ice. He recalled, "I didn't want to mimic Berry, but with seven talented musicians collaborating daily, something unique emerged." The band, residing in Paris and immersed in the African-dominated Barbesse district, began infusing African elements into their music frequently performing with Paris-dwelling Camaroonian and legendary composer Manu Dibango.

Rechristening themselves Lafayette Afro Rock Band, the group's musical direction shifted towards predominantly instrumental compositions, characterized by a weightier, more intricate Afro-funk sound. Their debut recording under this new moniker, Soul Makossa, made a powerful impact with a dynamic rendition of Dibango's classic, coupled with the intense break of 'Hihache' and the contagious 'Nicky.' Initially released by Musidisc in France and later in the U.S. via Editions Makossa, the album omitted the title track due to publishing clearance issues.

Despite modest sales upon its initial release, the album's enduring influence became evident as hip-hop culture surged in the '80s, establishing it as a primary source for samples and riffs. The iconic 'Hihache' break found fame in Biz Markie's 'Nobody Beats The Biz,' and tracks from the album were lifted by LL Cool J, The Beatnuts, Kruder and Dorfmeister, and numerous others.

This remastered reissue, the first of its kind, meticulously crafted by The Carvery from the original tapes, showcases the album in its entirety and includes the full original artwork.

Side A
1. Soul Makossa
2. Azeta
3. Oglenon

Side B
1. Voodounon
2. Hihache
3. Nicky
Condition : This item is in Excellent condition or better (unless it says otherwise in the above description). We buy items as close to Mint condition as possible and many will be unplayed and as close to new as you could hope to find. Irrespective of the source, all of our collectables meet our strict grading and are 100% guaranteed. Click here for more info.
Availability: In Stock - Buy Now for shipping on Monday 15th July
Release date: OUT NOW!
Year of Release: 2024
Artist: Lafayette Afro-Rock Band (click here for complete listing)
Title: Soul Makossa (click here for more of the same title)
Price: £ 24.99, US$ 32.24   change currency
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Format: vinyl LP album (LP record)
Record Label: Strut Records
Catalogue No: STRUT300LPB
Country of Origin: UK  
Language: Regardless of country of origin all tracks are sung in English, unless otherwise stated in our description.
EIL.COM Ref No 67KLPSO840417 (quote this reference in any e-mails, letters, faxes or phone calls to help identify this item)
Barcode : 4062548089356
Genres: 70s Artists, Funk, Jazz-Funk
Complete Stock List: Lafayette Afro-Rock Band
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Alternative Names: THE LAFAYETTE AFRO ROCK BAND
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