Touki Ba Banjul: Acid Trip From Banjul To Dakar (Kindred Spirits)
Freestyle / Nu Jazz / Funk / Afro
'Touki Ba Banjul’ is a compilation of the Senegalese psych sensation Guelewar who played a major part in the development of the Afro Manding sound. From 1979-1982 the band released four albums, featuring some of Senegal’s best funk tunes. This double pack LP features the highlights of those rare records. Before Guelewar, Laaye N’Gorn, the lead singer of the band, was already one of Gambia’s most celebrated artists. He was the centre figure in The Supreme Eagles, later known as The Super Alligators, whose unique sound came from a mixture of western influences such as soul, funk and psychedelia with traditional and regional rhythms like boogaraboo and sawrouba. In 1973 the Super Alligators decided to rename the group to Guelewar, meaning “Noble Warrior”. After a turbulent couple of years with many musicians joining and leaving the band, Laaye managed to reform the band in order to record their first album in 1977. Over the course of the following five years Guelewar released a total of four albums, which are all filled with deep psychedelic funk gems. Due to the limited pressings, these albums are very much sought after by collectors. Kindred Spirits has compiled their highlights on this first ever official reissue of any Guelewar recordings. ‘Touki Ba Banjul’ is a must have for all collectors of African music.