Album: Ifetayo, Black Truth Rhythm Band (Soundway)

Howard Male
Sunday 08 January 2012 01:00

It's the muted ring of steel drums that gives the game away that this 1976 re-release is of Caribbean rather than African provenance.

These Trinidadians aren't bad at conjuring vaguely psychedelic Afrobeat and funk grooves, despite coming undone on the bossa nova-ish track "Aspire", which has some painful tuning issues. Although this was the band's only album, tellingly their leader Oluko Imo went on to play with Fela Kuti. Pleasant but not essential.

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