Friday, June 14, 2013

Le Commandant Tchico - Full Steam Ahead! (1985)

Full Steam Ahead! describes my life pretty well at the moment, and this album from Tchico is one that fits the rhythm of activity that has kept me offline, most of the time. Straight-ahead soukous at the right time is the perfect music to get you off your butt and doing things. Dancing would be good, but that will have to wait for me.

I'm at a brief pause in what has been and will be an enormous undertaking to relocate after many years in Alaska. So over the next few days I hope to post a couple more choice albums-in-waiting. I'll also be reviewing the new, important album from Femi Kuti. I received it just days after seeing the fantastic performance Fela! in Seattle. Google "Fela on Broadway" and if the performance is within hundreds of miles, go see it: Brilliance. In the meanwhile, rock to this fine album that helped ignite the worldwide "world music" market in the mid-80s.


BarryB said...

Fun LP, with some good female solos along with the group singing. Thanks!

Apurva Bahadur said...

Thank you! What a fantastic album. Apurva from Pune, India.

Anonymous said...

You're spot on about the Fela! theatrical show. I was skeptical about seeing it (after having seen Fela in concert several times), but a friend got us good seats in SF and... it was pretty damn good!

And don't miss Seun Kuti if he comes to your region. Along with his own strong political tunes, he covers one or two from his dad at every show. Saw him do I.T.T. and it was very very powerful.