• Forbidden music of Cape Verde unveiled with “the best funaná album ever made”

    By | August 23, 2016

    Analog Africa strikes again!

    After revealing some of the most extraterrestrial synth music we’ve heard with Space Echo, Analog Africa has announced another offering from the magical Cape Verde islands.

    This time, the label has dug out a masterpiece by Victor Tavares aka Bitori – considered by many Cabo Verdeans to be the best Funaná album ever made. Analog Africa’s Legend Of Funaná is the first widespread outing outside for these recordings, which were originally issued in 1998 in Cape Verde.

    The press materials detail the forbidden status of funaná during Portugese rule:

    “Perceived as a symbol of the struggle for Cabo Verdean independence and frowned upon as music of uneducated peasants, the funaná was prohibited by Portuguese colonial rulers. Performing it in public or in urban centers had serious consequences — often jail time and torture. As a result, the funaná began to slowly disappear. In 1975, Cape Verde achieved independence from Portuguese colonial rule, and the ban on the funaná was lifted. Many artists embraced the funaná, translating and adapting its musical form in new ways. It was not until the mid-1990s, however, that the funaná in its traditional form was actually recorded.”

    In 1997, Tavares, aged 59, walked into a studio for the very first time to record a funaná work that he had been developed for over four decades. Finally his accordion-based sound is available to the world to hear, as Bitori (Legend of Funaná, the Forbidden Music of the Cape Verde Islands) drops on 2 September. Pre-order here.

  • The cosmic sound of Cape Verde revealed on new compilation; stream a wild space disco track now

    By | May 11, 2016

    Analog Africa unearth some of the most extraterrestrial synth music we’ve ever heard.

    Located 350 miles off the west coast of Africa, Cape Verde is one of the last places you’d expect to find a treasure trove of electronic dancefloor grooves.

    The island that synths certainly didn’t forget, it’s the focus on Analog Africa’s superb new compilation Space Echo, revealing a vibrant and intoxicating scene that flourished in the late ’70s and early ’80s as the arrival of synthesisers and electronic instruments revitalised the nation’s local mornas, coladeras and funaná rhythms.

    SPACEECHO_image_JOSE-CASIMIRO 1981 copy

    How did they get there? The story told by Analog Africa is (almost) too magical to be true. Legend has it that a ship load of Rhodes, Moog, Farfisa, Moog, Hammond and Korg gear left Baltimore on the 20th March 1968 bound for Exposição Mundial Do Son Eletrônico Exhibition in Rio De Janeiro, the first major expo of electronic equipment and gadgets in South America.

    By the evening of the 20th March, the ship had gone missing, only to reappear eight miles off the coast of Cape Verde three months later. Despite evidence to the contrary, the ship was deemed to have fallen from the sky, baffling local elders and Portuguese scientists alike. When they finally opened the hold, astonishment abounded. Curious but not overwhelmed, the instruments ended up in storage in a local church, no use to a community without electricity.

    SPACEECHO_image_TCHISS-LOPES-1983 copy

    With the instruments eventually distributed among local schools, the children of Cape Verde began to nurture a unique talent for playing synthesizers, which would explode a decade later into a cosmic funk and dance music scene like no other. Digging deeper than most, Analog Africa have compiled the ultimate introduction to what they’re now calling ‘The Cosmic Sound of Cape Verde”, featuring fifteen flabbergasting tracks that have almost never left the island.

    Released on double vinyl, with a booklet featuring interviews with 12 of the 14 musicians featured, it’s one hell of a document, and up there with the most ambitious, audacious, utterly brilliant compilations we’ve come across in recent years.

    Listen to ‘Quirino Do Canto’ by Mino Di Mama below. If anything sums up the comp’s title Space Echo, it’s this.

    Space Echo – The Mystery Behind the Cosmic Sound of Cabo Verde Finally Revealed! will be released on 27th May via Analog Africa. Click here to pre-order a copy.

    Tracklisting:

    01. António Sanches – “Pinta Manta” 4:25 – Originally released on Táki-Talá (004-XL), circa 1983
    02. Dionisio Maio – “Dia Ja Manche” 4:37 – Originally released on Carlita Cox (CAR-COX-1), 1984
    03. José Casimiro – “Morti Sta Bidjàcu” 5:23 – Originally released on Iefe Discos ‎(Iefe-029), circa 1983
    04. Bana – “Pontin & Pontin” 4:16 – Originally released on Discos Monte Cara (DMC 111-120), circa 1984
    05. Fany Havest – “That Day” 5:01 – Private press (001 FH5), 1984
    06. Pedrinho – “Odio Sem Valor” 6:05 – Originally released on Iefe Discos (IEFE-022), circa 1983
    07. Quirino Do Canto – “Mino Di Mama” 5:53 – Unknown
    08. Tchiss Lopes – “Mundo D´Margura” 3:05 – Private Press (TL 02), 1984
    09. João Cirilo – “Po D´Terra” 5:38 – Originally released on Edição Táki-Talá ‎(001-XL), circa 1983
    10. Abel Lima – “Corre Riba, Corre Baxo” 3:08 – Originally released on Afrika New ‎(ERL-01), 1977
    11. Os Apolos – “Ilyne” 3:50 – Originally released on La Do Si Discos ‎(780726)
    12. Americo Brito – “Sintado Na Pracinha” 2:53 – Originally released on Arsom Records (801004), 1981
    13. Elisio Vieira – “Capchona” 3:16 – Originally released on Brandão Records ‎(BR-001), 1984
    14. Antonio Dos Santos – “Djal Bai Si Camin” 7:21 – Private Press (A.S.-001-WZ), 1983
    15. Abel Lima – “Stebo Cu Anabela” 4:31 – Originally released on Production Abel Lima ‎(AL 05), 1980

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