Friday, September 18, 2009


Ginger Baker will forever be best known for his influential drum work as part of British blues-rockers Cream. But as most serious admirers of the drummer know, Baker subsequently tackled countless other styles. Case in point, African Force. Joining Baker is a supporting cast of percussionists with a tribal drumming background, and expectedly, this style is reflected throughout the album. In fact, it sounds very comparable to David Byrne's solo albums and also Paul Simon circa his Graceland period, especially on such tracks as "Brain Damage" and "Sokoto," while the over-epic twelve-minute album-closing title track adds some funk bass to the mix. For those who think that all of Baker's work sounds like Disraeli Gears, you're in for quite a surprise with African Force. ~ Greg Prato, All Music Guide

Ampofo Acquah Percussion, Vocals
Ginger Baker Drums
Ansoumana Bangoura Percussion, Vocals
JC Commodore Percussion, Vocals
Ludwig Götz Trombone
Jan Kazda Bass, Guitar, Keyboards
Francis Mensah Percussion
Wolfgang Schmidtke Baritone, Soprano & Tenor Saxophone

1. Brain Damage
2. Sokoto
3. Ansoumania
4. Adoa
5. African Force
Bonus Track:
6. The Palanquine's Pole*

*Recorded live at the Schauburg, Bremen,
West Germany on 4 May 1987
The palanquin (also known as palki) (India), is a class of wheelless vehicles, a type of human-powered transport, for the transport of persons. Examples of palanquin vehicles include jiao (China), sedan chairs (England), litter and gama (Korea). Smaller palanquin may take the form of open chairs or beds carried by two or more men, some being enclosed for protection from the elements. Larger palanquins, for example those of the Chinese emperors, may resemble small rooms upon a platform borne upon the shoulders of a dozen or more men. To most efficiently carry a palanquin, porters will attempt to transfer the load to their shoulders, either by placing the carrying poles upon their shoulders, or the use of a yoke to transfer the load from the carrying poles to the shoulder. Also the rickshaw is a close descendent of this.


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