Review: Tamrat Kebede's Mombasa Roots is a project with a timeless edge and an inimitable Afro-roots vibe that is simply irreplaceable and downright irrefutable by any sort of music lover. Whether you are or are not into this delightful blend of tropical disco, tunes like "Karibishe" and "Mezea Tu" are almost impossible not to dance to, or at least appreciate. "Kasha Langu" is more appropriate to the true lovers of Afrobeat, thanks to its slow, seductive sway, while "What Is It That You Want" unleashes some fiery disco-boogie, and "My Everything" showers the room with yet more disco glitter, the sexiest of sorts.
Review: Destination Mombasa Reef Hotel, 1970s. The prestigious resort had a fittingly unique in-house band in the form of The Mombasa Vikings. Casting afrofunk and benga spells with raw energy, they were invited to Switzerland to record their only album African Songs, home to both of these stunning sun-kissed fusions. "Kibe Kibe" is a powerful bluesy jam with full effort from the horns and backing vocals. Meanwhile on the B "Mama Matotoya" gets heavy on the hammond with exultant results. Fully licenced from all original Viking members, Afro7 have smashed this one out of the park. Kibe up!