Revolution (Live Disco Show In New York City)

by Sidiku Buari

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  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    Vinyl tracklisting:

    A1 Keep The Rhythm Going
    A2 Ofey Karambani
    B1 This Is Music
    B2 Disco Soccer
    C1 Revolution
    C2 Together We Can Rebuild It (Ghana Motherland)
    D1 Merry Christmas And Happy New Year
    D2 Happy Birthday

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    digital album releases January 31, 2020
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  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    Includes digital pre-order of Revolution (Live Disco Show In New York City). You get 1 track now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.
    digital album releases January 31, 2020
    item ships out within 3 days
    Purchasable with gift card

      €12 EUR or more 

     

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    Pre-order of Revolution (Live Disco Show In New York City). You get 1 track now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.
    Purchasable with gift card
    releases January 31, 2020

      €8 EUR  or more

     

1.
Keep The Rhythm Goin
2.
Ofey Karambani
3.
This Is Music
4.
Disco Soccer
5.
Revolution
6.
Together We Can Rebuild It (Ghana Motherland)
7.
8.
Happy Birthday

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Revolution (Live Disco Show In New York City) is the fourth and final BBE reissue of Sidiku Buari’s unique and sought-after body of African Disco albums.

Side 1 is (possibly!) ‘live’ throughout, from a 1979 show at the (possibly mythical!) La Cheer Nightclub, NYC, but very well recorded for a ‘live’ album with clean, bright top notes, sharp percussion and heavy bass-lines. Keep The Rhythm Going segues into Ofey Karambani reminiscent of the Kongos’ massive Loft Club floorfiller Anikana-O, whilst This Is Music and Disco Soccer keep up the 120-140bpm pace to complete a side that rocks enough for the lazier DJ to play from start to finish without lifting the needle!

Side 2 consists of four very varied tracks all recorded at Aire L.A.Studios, the two openers Revolution and Together We Can Rebuild It (Ghana Motherland) being polemics against government and army corruption, and a battle-cry for Flight Lieutenant Jerry Rawlings, who ruled the country for a brief period in 1979 when this recording was made, later serving as Ghana’s President from 1981 to 2001.

Then there’s a perennial crowd-pleaser Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Side 2 rounding off with the super-heavy Afrobeat-Disco groover, Happy Birthday.

Originally a national athlete, winning silver and gold medals in the Senegal All Africa Games and West African Games in 1963 and a bronze in the All African in Congo Brazzaville in 1965, Sidiku Buari then moved to America on a music scholarship at The York Institute, obtained as a result of his athletic achievements. When one of York’s music teachers, Irvin Mechanic, heard him singing in the Ga language- he suggested putting a rhythm section behind the songs, recording them, and seeing what the American record buying public thought of them. Four classic albums followed in quick succession, after which Buari’s solo output abruptly ceased.

But it was an ending that held within it the seeds of greater musical achievements to come. In 1990 he was appointed to the board of the Musicians’ Union of Ghana, later becoming its President from 1999 until 2007. In 2019, he was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Pan-African Republic Honorary Award Society for ‘meritorious contribution to the development of music and movie industries in Ghana’.

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releases January 31, 2020

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