The combination of “African music” and “psychedelic” may seem strange for some music fans. For one, African music conjures up typical sounds that most fans associate with Africa; like Higilife from Ghana, Juju and Afrobeat from Nigeria, and Rumba-Soukous music out of Congo. Now psychedelic music? Yes! Psychedelic Africa is a new compilation from Rough Guide that explores some of the finest of the styles that gained prominence in the 60s and 70s as some African musicians experimented instrumentalism over smooth vocals.
The funky vibes include Guitar Boy by Nigeria Victor Uwaifo, a deep guitar focused tune with mesmerizing riffs; also Nga Nga by Ghanaian Ebo Taylor, a horn laden trip vibe of funky psychedelic fused cut; also be sure to check out Taxi Driver by the Tanzanian group Milmani Park Orchestra and take a trip to the streets of Zanzibar. This is simply a refreshing and for most, an eye opening album and introduction to the diversity of African music. Enjoy!