Ivory Coast Soul

Various Artists

Ivory Coast Soul

While other collections showcase Afrobeat and highlife heavyweights from Ghana and Nigeria, Ivory Coast Soul shows another side of West African funk/soul from the ‘70s and early ’80s. Many cuts are smooth and straightforward: Pierre Antoine’s “Kalabuley Women” rides on a hook-heavy bassline and congas for nearly 12 minutes, and Ivorian pop trailblazer Ernesto Djédjé steals your heart with the horn-driven chorus of “Zadie Bobo.” But there are also heavier tracks like K Assale’s “Adoue Pla Moussoue,” featuring muscular drums and space-age synths.

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