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Hugh Masekela – The Boy’s Doin’ It (1998 FLAC)

Hugh Masekela - The Boy's Doin' It (1998 FLAC)

Hugh Masekela – The Boy’s Doin’ It (1998 FLAC)

Artist: Hugh Masekela
Album: The Boy’s Doin’ It
Release/Reissue: 1998
Genre: Jazz

01. The Boy’s Doin’ It
02. Mama
03. Excuse Me Please
04. Ashiko
05. In The Jungle
06. A Person Is A Sometime Thing
07. Colonial Man
08. Song For Brazil
09. Toejam
10. Hi-Life
11. You Told Your Mama Not To Worry
12. Mami Wata

No other work during Hugh Masekela’s long and fruitful career blended all of his interests — jazz, funk, pop, Afrobeat, and R&B, plus a little Latin and a lot of disco — into such an exciting mixture as 1975’s The Boy’s Doin’ It, his first record for Casablanca. Influenced by Kool & the Gang as well as the growing tendency for Latin artists (like Joe Bataan) to cross over toward contemporary dance trends (and labels), Masekela recruited a few veterans from the Ghanian highlife band Hedzoleh Soundz — with whom he’d worked with on one album before. Recorded in Lagos, Nigeria and dedicated to Fela Kuti, The Boy’s Doin’ It has six extended jams, each of which does an excellent job of playing off deep grooves against ensemble vocals and catchy hooks, with plenty of room for Masekela’s own trumpet and every note polished to a fine ’70s sheen. It didn’t matter what type of music fan you were: pop, disco, funk, world music, and any but the most hidebound jazz purist could get into these tracks.

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