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The Daktaris

The Daktaris were an Afro-beat group on the New York-based funk revival label Desco, recording compact, Fela Kuti-style grooves that sounded as though they'd come straight out of 1970s Nigeria. At first, Desco did nothing to discourage that perception, packaging their 1998 album Soul Explosion to look like an authentically African collector's dream, and even giving some of the band members Nigerian aliases. But in reality, the Daktaris were Brooklyn-based studio musicians, many of them white, many of whom had already been assembled by Desco heads Gabriel Roth and Phillipe Lehman as the label's house band, the Soul Providers. Besieged by inquiries about the music's origins and demand for a Daktaris tour, Roth and Lehman soon acknowledged the hoax, but given the quality of the album, the backlash wasn't enormously great. There was no follow-up to the Daktaris' initial session, but some of the members formed a new Afro-beat revivalist group called Antibalas in the spring of 1998. ~ Steve Huey
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Track List: Soul Explosion

1. Musicawi Silt

2. Musicawi Slit Part 2

3. Quiet Man Is Dead Man

4. Modern Technology

5. Super Afro-Beat

6. Give It Up Turnit Loose

7. Eltsuhg Ibal Lasiti

8. Daktari Walk

9. Voodoo Soul Stew

10. Upside Down

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This is some chill music that u can smoke some ganja and grove. 1 nation!!!!!
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STILL BAAAAAD-AXX as it GITTZ!!!!! :-D
Da FONK be`s DA FONK, y'all.
InDUBitably.
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It is Ethiopian classical music! This is not ethical at all !
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The more it sounds like The Bamboos the more I like it! Right on brotherman.
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I do not care if they are blue. The music is internationa l ain't that enough.
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Fela Kuti styles... No wonder I dig them!
Jazz on.
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Keeeeeeeeeee e e e p the beats n harmonies alive u beautiful people !!!!! FUC#!&@@ FUNKS NOT DEAD !wanna gotoo school askk me
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Ouch! Hurt myself dancin 2 this. Again....... . . . . . . . . .
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Sounds kool
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super AFRO beat.
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This album cover is MADD FLY...Bizzzz z z z z z z .
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Yesssssssss. . . C u t blood riddim'!
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Intensely, forward moving funk with a great horn section and deep corduroy grooves.
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Good smokin' music. (only on me days off..) Love to all and all!
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who cares if they are white... so was Milli Vanilli--oh crap, wait, bad example.... naw for reals this gotz sum funk
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It's good
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shawn.coryel l 0
They could have painted a black ring around their mouths and said they were playing whitefaced.. . .
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one of the great hoaxes of the 90's.
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aaron_lintz
FUNK, FUNK, FUNK

My toes are dancing right now to this rhythm. If the dead could dance they would clap their bones to this. James Brown should be screeching and spinning over those horns.

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