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Slim Ali and The Hodi Boys - 70s Pop! (2015)

3-11-2015, 18:18
Soul | World | Pop | Disco | FLAC / APE

Title: 70s Pop!
Year Of Release: 2015
Label: AI Records
Genre: Pop, Disco, Soul, World
Quality: 320 kbps | FLAC
Total Time: 00:57:12
Total Size: 131 mb | 406 mb


01. Smile (5:12)
02. Tuijenge Kenya (3:25)
03. We Gonna Sing a Song (4:30)
04. Your Cheating Love (2:58)
05. We Gotta Dance (4:25)
06. Keep On Doing (3:09)
07. Dancing On (3:29)
08. Home (3:21)
09. Mavuno (3:12)
10. Sing a Happy Song (3:55)
11. There's a Hard Time in Front of Me (3:13)
12. We've Got to Progress On (3:41)
13. I Need You (3:47)
14. You Can Do It (4:29)
15. Tell Me (4:25)

On this re-release we hear the long-gone sounds of Kenyan soul collected from recordings made during the short tenure of the Hodi Boys, a popular ensemble that played concert halls throughout Africa during the mid to late 70s. The music they made was a blend of funk, reggae and classic soul with a touch of African sensibilities. The music is meant to be danced to, and they sure delivered it, going from the early disco-inflected “You Can Do It” (their first major hit, released in 1976) to “We Gotta Dance,” a number that invites fans try the moves of their home sounds.

The band, however, was not just about busting a move – their arrangements are very elaborate, including three-part horn harmonies, smart guitar riffs and a solid rhythm section. Slim Ali (who is also a multi-instrumentalist) is a very soulful singer with lots of feeling to his interpretation – this is especially noticed in numbers like “Tell Me,” a more downtempo love song, and also in “I Need You,” a tune that borrows a lot from The Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back.”

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