- Dancing Time – The Funkees
This heart-pumping, feet stamping hit by The Funkees from Nigeria inspired the Afro Disco explosion of the 1970s. The synthesised rhythms, funky guitars, wah-wah pedals and blistering horns gave expression to hot Afro rhythms on the dance floor. ❤️✌️
2. Keep on Dancing – Kiki Gyan
Kiki set the discos in London, Accra and Lagos on fire with this track in 1979, after he left Osibisa, the Afro Rock superstars.
3. Soul Makossa – Manu Dubango
Sampled by Michael Jackson and Rihanna, this song inspired a record number of remixes. Manu Dibango, the Cameroonian horn player originally wrote the song to celebrate his national team’s accession to the quarterfinals of the African Cup. Sang in Duala, the lyrics soon became immortalised the world over – Ma -Ma- Makossa – Soul Makossa!
4. Yeke Yeke -Mory Kante
Mory Kante from Guinea blends the sounds of the Kora, the African traditional harp with disco drum beats and synthesisers! Mory Kante played with Salif Keita, the famous singer in the Rail Band. Yeke Yeke shot to number one in many European countries in 1989.
5. Going back to my roots – Odyssey ❤️✊
6. Beka – Assegai
When a little break from the dancefloor is required, Beka is perfect. The original members of the band came from South Africa and Nigeria, all leading lights of the Afro Funk scene in 70s London – Louis Moholo, Mongezi Feza, Dudu Pukwana, Joe Cocker and Bizo Mngqikana. 😛
7. Pretty Pretty Girls – Kiki Gyan
The keyboard maestro returns with another disco hit.❤️
8 Everybody’s Groove
The New York Afro-Funk band lays down their gospel and it’s a party stomper! ✌️
9 Chechekula – Eddie Quansah
Eddie Quansah, the Ghanaian trumpeter translates the Akan nursery rhyme into a disco hit. A unique take on the rhyme that has been turned into dozens of songs😍
10. Celebration -Osibisa
The Afro Rock superstars release another hit in 1990, closing an exciting decade of Afro-funk music 💥