Thursday, January 12, 2017

De Frank & His Professionals - 1976 - Psychedelic Man

De Frank & His Professionals
Psychedelic Man

01. I Don't Know The World Is One
02. Think Of The Future
03. Psychedelic Man
04. Let's Make The Music
05. Call Me Frank
06. Waiting For My Baby
07. Man No Cry

Recorded At – Ghana Films Corporation Studios
Made By – Ambassador Records Manufacturing Co. [A.R.M.C.]
Printed By – Akan Press Ltd.

Arranged By, Composed By, Leader, Lead Vocals, Written-By – De Frank Kakra
Backing Band – Vis A Vis
Issac 'Superstar' Yeboah - Bass, Leader
Sammy Copper - Lead Guitar
Kung-Fu Kwaku - Drums

Yet another highly sought-after gem from Ghanaian funketeer - De Frank.  Much like other renown West African funk artists - Ambolley, Geraldo Pino, Harry Masco - De Frank’s catalogue affirms his admiration for American funk and soul.  On “psychedelic Man” he  goes all in and does away with most of the highlife and other Ghanaian rhythms found on some of his other recordings - one which we featured a while back - and replaces it with english-induced afro-soul and the occasional reggae number.

Most often, the record is noted for the track “Call Me frank,” but the real standout is the song right after. “Waiting for My Baby” embodies everything I love about Afro-funk:  moody organ chords, dirty horn lines, and a driving pulse, all accented by De frank’s signature high-pitched vocals. De frank allows the band to breath over the instrumental, adding little more than the title name as a chorus, with the occasional added line, which he sings just long enough to give the listener a break before ushering back the horns.

This track is beautiful in every way and yet another testament to De Frank’s gifted musical ability. Check it out!

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