Audio: Ivory Coast Soul 1972-1982

Audio: Ivory Coast Soul 1972-1982 is available from Hot Casa Records/Light In The Attic.

A couple of months ago we spoke to Gilles Peterson and he mentioned in passing that he was particularly excited about the music being unearthed from the Ivory Coast. Well, with the release of Ivory Coast Soul: Afrofunk in Abidjan 1972-1982, we can see why. It's a country that has been perhaps a bit neglected by diggers (and whose present sadly overshadows its past) but now it's time for this West African republic to shine.

In the 1970s the music industry based in Abidjan, the capital of the Ivory Coast, was second only to that of Lagos in Nigeria, with musicians flocking to lay down tracks there from all over the continent. This diversity is reflected in the tracks collected here, tracks that are primarily rooted in funk and afrobeat but reveal influences from all the musicians who assembled together in Abidjan during this time. It's a hell of a lot of fun and if you're down with collections of the ilk of Lagos Disco Inferno, then Ivory Coast Soul is a must.

Props to Dijamel Hammadi for putting it all together in the face of... well... cop the release and read the liner notes for the full story. In the meantime, check out and download the ridiculously catchy Oko Sekai Athanase and stream two others from Ernesto Djedje and Jimmy Hyacinthe below.

Ivory Coast Soul is available now from Hot Casa/Light In The Attic.

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DOWNLOAD: Okoi Seka "Melokon Mebun Ou"

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Stream: Ernesto Djedje "Zadie Bobo"

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Stream: Jimmy Hyacinthe "Yatchiminou"

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Kayode Kasum’s Quarantine Watchlist

From 'Wives on Strike' to 'Goodwill Hunting' here's what the Nigerian filmmaker is watching while stuck at home in Lagos.

Kayode Kasum, like most filmmakers, has been stagnated by the coronavirus pandemic. The director behind the blockbuster Sugar Rush and the critically acclaimed Oga Bolaji was working on the post-production of his upcoming movies, The Fate of Alakada: Party Planner and Kambili—a collaboration between FilmOne Entertainment and Chinese Huahua Media— when the Nigerian government announced the lockdown order.

While post-production on Alakada has concluded, the stay-at-home orders have delayed work on Kambili. "Since the team cannot meet at a single point, we are moving hard drives left and right," he says to me over the phone from his home in Lagos. "It is a challenge, but the beautiful thing about a challenge is, when you make it work, it is fulfilling."

Still from 'Kambili'

Kasum has turned to books and films for an escape from the unpleasant realities of the pandemic. "I have been reading Elnathan's books: Born on a Tuesday and Becoming Nigeria," he tells me. "I have also been reading film directing books, Directing Actors by Judith Weston." However, Kasum longs for the movies. "I miss going to the cinemas; I miss that experience," he says. "There are times during this pandemic that I'm like 'na wa o, I wish I can go to the cinema.'"

Below are five films he recommends you watch during this pandemic.

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