Audio

C.S. Crew's 70s Nigerian Funk

Funk music reissue of Nigerian group C.S. Crew's record 'Funky Pack'.


A funk so authentic it can’t be replicated, Funky Pack takes listeners back in a way that only the real deal could. A mission to uncover new gems pointed Cultures of Soul Records to Nigeria circa 1970s, where they stumbled upon forgotten fathers of African funk collectively known as C.S. Crew. Hailed by Cultures of Soul as the Kool and the Gang and Ohio Players of Nigeria, C.S. Crew's bonafide cool sends a boost of strut to its listeners' steps.

Placed in the context of the 70s funk community Funky Pack isn't necessarily a fresh flavor of sound, though C.S. Crew's undeniable mastering of the art of the groove is easily apparent. The majority of the album remains on a similar rhythmic funk pace up until the album's fifth track, "Living Together," which marks a brief departure from the upbeat to Rolling Stones territory. Be sure to check out the liner notes for an added bonus of historical context as well as must-read updates on the crew. On Funky Pack history meets good vibes to make for a culturally significant Cold Fact-like musical document. Purchase Funky Pack here, out now via Cultures of Soul.

Interview

Interview: Mau From Nowhere Reinvents Himself

The Kenyan artist goes soul-searching with his new MFN EP.

Movement is the crux of mau from nowhere's music—the hip-hop and afropop undertones that dominate his work present a well-traveled artist.

Born in Kenya, Mau spent his life oscillating between the East African nation and England, followed by a short stint spent furthering his studies in New York. In a full-circle moment, mau uprooted his life in the big apple amidst the madness pandemic and made the move to Nairobi.

Listening to the MFN EP feels like diving head first into a pool of Mau's consciousness. He once spoke about the conflict between telling his fans to share their grief while withholding his own, but his latest offering MFN is far from stoic. The project marks his evolution from Kamau Wainana, the soft spoken kid with loud ambitions to mau from nowhere, a trailblazer defining music within 'Nu Nairobi.' As he gets less attached to being defined by a certain space, it's entrancing to watch him find comfort in his craft instead.

In this interview below, we demystify the man behind the music by discussing love, growth, disappointment and the recurrent themes of familial and romantic relationships.

This interview has been edited for brevity and clarity.

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