Shina Williams and His African Percussionists 'Shina Williams' LP
Shina Williams ‘Agboju Logun’ was a ground-breaking fusion of afrobeat, elec- tronics, boogie and disco. First released on Phonodisk in 1979 as part of the ‘African Dances’ album, then in 1984 as an alternative version on Rough Trade’s Earthwork off-shoot, it has gone on to attain cult-like status. So it remains a bit of a mystery how so little has been documented about the follow-up. Shina’s self-titled album was originally released on Help Records in 1980. It differs from the upfront afro-disco-funk of ‘African Dances’ as it diverts into deeper, hyp- notic, afro-beat territory.
Though listed as a six-track album, each side (composing of 3 tracks) is built- upon one continuous groove with call and response female & male vocals and instrumental solos coming and going as each side progresses. The results are raw, hypnotic, locked-in grooves, which sit perfectly on forward-thinking con- temporary dancefloors.
Catalogue number: MRBLP201
Label: Mr Bongo