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The Best of the Classic Years

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The Best of the Classic Years

type:
Music
Current Status:
In Season
performer:
King Sunny Ade
Producers:
Shanachie

We gave it an A-

Critics are predicting that King Sunny Ade’s juju will catch on in America as reggae did — the same thing they once said about Fela Kuti’s Afro-beat. But while Bob Marley shaped reggae to fit rock’s three-minute song structures, Nigeria’s Ade, like Kuti, fuses traditional African music and Western pop without stifling the former’s expansive flow. The 18-minute ”Synchro System” allows funk bass, propulsive rhythms, and guitar riffs — topped with alternately delicate and forceful vocals — to meander. Ideal for a party, not for radio.

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