Adelphoi Music's Jonathan Watts returns for the tenth in the Roots playlist series, taking us on another eclectic journey of old, new, overlooked and lesser known tracks that have musical roots in Africa
Roots X aims to shine a spotlight on music from around the globe that may not have had the exposure it deserves.
For our tenth in the series, this is a special extended playlist... There are so many highlights in this one - where do I start?
We kick off with Muyei Power - unknown outside of Sierra Leone, but one of the country's biggest bands.
I’ve tried not to go too obscure, so I've thrown in some LL Cool J; the piece from 1990 is one of his lesser-known tracks, but still highly influential and you can clearly hear its influence on N.E.R.D’s music.
I've also included Pomo’s recent tasteful remix of Daryl Hall & John Oates ‘I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do), which seems to have gone under the radar. It stays true to the original but brings that fresh Kaytranda-esque swing to the groove.
Link Wray may not be a household name in the Rock ’n’ Roll scene, but his influence must not be under-estimated! In a nutshell, he was one of the first to use the power chord in rock n roll. Pete Townshend said "He is the king; if it hadn’t been for Link Wray and 'Rumble’, I would have never picked up a guitar.".
Another highlight for me is The Cornelius Brothers and Sister Rose's 'Too Late To Turn Back Now', a very under-exposed soul track until now, as it features in such a beautifuly crafted moment in the BlackkKlansman film.
The playlist aims to build a bridge across Rhumba, Hip Hop, Trap, Jazz, Footwork, Post Punk, Soul, African Disco, Highlife, Rock n Roll, Reggae, Gospel and make the world feel like a smaller place. Enjoy.