Essential Afrobeat – The Very Best Of Afrobeat: Family Records

Afrobeat was brought to us first by Fela Kuti and his Africa 70 band (Dele Sosimi, who has compiled this album, worked with Fela Kuti as his musical director for a period of time). Now thankfully it is stirring up UK dance floors again with this tasty triple CD compilation giving a varied look at the history, influences and future. We have of course Fela Kuti & Femi Kuti plus Tony Allen, Orlando Julius, Hugh Masekela and Salif Keita. The DJ take on Afrobeat comes from Fatboy Slim and DJ Food while one of the discs is an ’Afro Chill Mix’ which includes Antibalas ’Elephant’ The Meters ‘Just Kissed My Baby’ and Afro Dizz with ‘Kalakuta Show’. 51 great tracks in all, feet don’t fail me now!

Graham Radley