Africa Seven present a compilation of material from J.M. Tim (aka Jean Marie Tiam) and the late Maurice Foty, musical cousins hailing from Bafoussam in Cameroon. The ten songs on African Funk Experimentals 1977-1979 represent only a two year period but are some of the finest from the duo. Their signature vocal harmony sound (they sing in their native language Ngomâlah, as well as Duala and English) may be what they're known for, but they also produced some of the funkiest African funk around.
The album starts off slowly with the scene-setting and largely instrumental "Douala By Night." Tight guitar and choppy clavi drive this song along. The groove is so deep even Missy Elliot couldn't resist a cheeky sample. "Funky Bafoussam" carries on the theme and expands it to include a kick-ass horn section. "More And More" is next and here the vocals burst forth over this up tempo punchy pop-funk track. With "Love Is Light" the pair show their versatility with a smooth English-sung soul ballad.
The hopelessly upbeat "Aie" is next with its earworm keyboard riff, slice guitar and catchy falsetto vocal. "Not So Bad" brings on the boogie. "I Love Yaounde" is a smooth swinging boogie-ballad with a killer chorus hook. "Eda" is a hit from early in their career. The comp closes with the disco funk of "Funky Boogie Love" and synth grooves of "Eya Mba."