El Rego Et Ses Commandos Zon Dede
As an instrumental, this tune could easily confuse even a seasoned funk expert into thinking he was listening to a late-'60s track recorded by San Antonio's recording maestro, Manny Guerra.
Yet, of all of El Rego's seven-inches, this is my favorite. The JB-summoning exhortations toward the end of the song, amidst melodic call-and-response and atop a rock-solid rhythm Joseph LoDuca Evil Dead Original Motion Picture Soundtrack combustible vamp, flirt with funk perfection. As a wet-behind-the-ears "beat digger" in the mid-'90s, I loved a drum break above all else.
And I hated nothing more than a drum break that occurred mid-song and went off rhythm. Well, this tune is one of the only examples of a successful deviation from the groove that you'll find in my collection. I have no idea what the drummer was thinking toward the end of the song -- he selfishly goes for himself and never comes back. It's fitting that the song ends after El Rego Et Ses Commandos Zon Dede solo; it's as if El Rego thought, "Well, that didn't make much sense.
But this is funk, dammit, and that kind of thing works sometimes. More than one West African record collector has posited that Fela's Afrobeat owed as much to Beninois folk rhythms as it did to those from Yoruba or the funk of James Brown. I await something that sounds like proof, but in the meantime, I listen to songs like "Zon Dede" and make my own quiet assumptions. Release Date October 25, Track Listing.
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