“Nowadays Lisbon is a huge pot of creativity which attracts artists from all over the World and it is a privileged space where musicians find each other, share ideas and mix rhythms. It is from this mixture that, in 2005, afro beat collective Cacique´97 is born. With musicians with Mozambican and Portuguese origins, this collective incorporates members from groups such as Cool Hipnoise, Philharmonic Weed and The Most Wanted, well known projects in the areas of funk, reggae and the afro sound.
The passion for the music of Fela Kuti and Tony Allen has united these musicians for the pursuance of a common goal: to create a collective that mirrored the Lisbon mixture, by crossing the characteristic urban Nigerian rhythm which is afro beat, with the musical tradition of the African Portuguese speaking countries and of Brazil, whom has always been very present in the Portuguese capital.”
I've never heard of any of those "well known projects in the areas of funk, reggae and the afro sound ", but Philharmonic Weed sounds like something that needs to be tracked down. Until then, here are The Caciques with a couple of tracks from their very enjoyable 2016 album, "We Used To Be Africans".
"Chapa 97" - Cacique '97
"Mahala" - Cacique '97 (featuring Azagaia)
Today's video clip is a belated birthday tribute to the estimable Charity Chic. If you believe he is as old as he claims - and I'm not sure I do - then this was topping the charts in the UK on the day he was born.