Kabasa – S.T.

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Label:Atlantic ‎– ATH 4042


Used LP 1980

Disc:VG+/VG (some visible hailines/scuffs but we rated as being in a good condition for an African record, African VG+ we think, check audio clips)

Jacket:VG (repaired from inside, little damage/wears/stains/writing)

The first album in 1980 by South African super group Kabasa formed by guitarist Doc Mthalane, who is also known as Harari, percussionist Oupa Segwai, and bassist Tata Sibeko who was also active as an arranger. Even on this first album, they fully showcase quality afro fusion sound, combining neat performing form with mellowness and psychedelia. The whole content is amazing, particularly outstanding are "Afro Funkin'" which combines psychedelic guitar, trippy synths, and funky groove, group name song "Kabasa," the dynamic mid-funk that brings out the guitar and other individual playing at key points, and afro funk "Burning Splinters" which has a sticky groove that continues until the end. The second album is great, but this one is also highly recommended. Disc has light noise in the quiet parts, but it's generally in good shape.

Harariでも知られる南アのジミヘンの異名を取るギタリストDoc Mthalane、打楽器奏者Oupa Segwaiにアレンジャーとしても活躍したベーシストTata Sibekoが加わり結成された南アフリカのスーパーグループKabasaによる80年のファーストアルバム。この初作でも端正な演奏フォームにメロウネス、サイケデリックを併せ持ったアフロフュージョンサウンドを全面に披露しています。全編いいですが、サイケなギター、トリッピーシンセ、ファンキーなグルーヴが一体となった”Afro Funkin'”、ギターはじめ各々のプレイを要所に持ってくるグループ名がつけられたダイナミックなミッドファンク”Kabasa”、ねっとりとしたグルーヴが終りまで続いていくアフロ・ファンク”Burning Splinters”は特に秀逸。セカンドも凄いですがこちらも大推薦。静部では少しノイズ感じますが概ね良好なコンディションです。

A1 - Happy Together

A2 - Burning Splinters

A3 - Soweto

B1 - Afro Funkin'

B2 - Uzozibona

B3 - Kabasa