"Compass" collects (mostly) non-rock based music from areas around the world outside of North-America and Europe (though some of these artists may have been based and recording in European countries at the time). The compass helped us find this music (yes, we could have called it "map"), and it also allows us to avoid a slightly more controversial term (which we shall not mention here). Enjoy!
(Streaming is not available at the moment. I'm working on it.)
1984 – Compass vol. 1
Rubén Blades y Seis del Solar: “Caminos Verdes” from Buscando America, Elektra, 1984. Ruben Blades (vocals, accoustic guitar, maracas, coro), Mike Viñas (bass, accoustic guitar, coro), Oscar Hernández (piano, Fender Rhodes), Ricardo Marrero (synt., perc., vibraphone, coro), Louie Rivera (bongos, perc., coro), Ray Adams (drums), Eddie Montalvo (perc., congas, coro), Ralph Irizarry (timbales, perc.)
Thomas Mapfumo and the Blacks Unlimited: “Nyarara Mukadzi Wango” from Ndangarino, Shanachie, 1984. Thomas Mapfumo (vocals, guiatr). No other credits available.
Tom Zé: “Mamar No Mundo” from Nave Maria, Phantom, 1984. Tom Zé (vocals). No other credits available.
King Sunny Adé and His African Beats: “Ire” from Aura, Island, 1984. King Sunny Ade (lead guitar, lead vocals, bongos, congas), Jeyy Ihejejo (bass), Shino Abiodun (congas, backing vocals), John Akpan (rhytm guitar), Segun Ilori (guitar), Bob Ohiri (tenor guitar), Michael Babalola (maracas), Ganiyu Alashe (shekere), Ademola Adepoju (steel guitar), Alhaji Timmy Olaitan (talking drums), Femi Owomoyela, Jacob Ajakaiye, Niyi Falaye, Tunde Temiola (vocals).
Barrington Levy: “Here I Come” from Here I Come 12'', London Records, 1984. Barrington Levy (vocals, mixing), Jah Crew (production), Jeff (mixing). No other credits listed.
Manu Dibango: “Abele Dance” from Abele Dance 12'', Celluloid/Carrere, 1984. Manu Dibango (saxophone, vocals, synth.), Francis Mboppe (bass, vocals), Jean-Pierre Coco (congas, vocals), Jerry Malekani (guitar), Valery Lobe (percussion, vocals), Martin Meissonnier (production, synth.), Abdul Alafrez (synth.), Florence Titty (vocals, vocoder).
African Image: “Isoka Liyatatazela (Uneasy Playboy)” from Roots (Izimpande), Grammavision, 1984. Tom Mkhize (arrangement, production), Glen Storm (arrangement, production). No other credits listed.
Frankie Paul: “Pass the Tu-Sheng Peng” from Pass the Tu-Sheng Peng, Greensleaves, 1984. Frankie Paul (vocals), Sly Dunbar (drums), Willie Lindo (guitar), Robert Lyn (keyboards), Robbie Shakespeare (bass), Skully (percussion).
Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey: “Gbebe Mi” from Solution, Stern's Africa, 1984. Chief Ebenezer Obey (vocals), Arigidi-Giwa Ojo, Ayo Bada, Bode Akinwowo, David Olaleye, Folorunsho Abiodun (chorus singers), Dele Akinyeju (1st bass guitar), Sammy Fayoseh (2nd bass guitar), Samson Ogunlade (congas), Sunday Fadugba (drums), Paul Tao (guitar), Yinusa Dauda (Hawaiian guitar), Abbey Koleosho (guitar), Francis Aluko (tenor guitar), Sikiru Adepoju (backing talking drum), Simeon Adeleke (lead talking drum), Akanbi Oloye (marracas), Alhaji Vasco Da Gama (clefts), Lamidi Akilapa, Mathew Oguntade, Yomi Samuel (other, performers).
African Brothers Band: “Me Bisa” from Me Poma, Stern's Africa, 1984. Nana Kwame Ampadu I (lead vocals, guitar), Osei kofi (vocals, guitar), Jacob Osae (rhythm guitar), Elis Anane (drums), Kwasi Donkor (conga), Guy Opa (bass), Paul Arthur (vocals), Koo Foru (vocals, cowbell), Philip Dunu (shakeree), Nyarko Abronoma (vocals), Kwadjo Akwaboah (organ), Oscar (sax), Luis Hammond (trumpet).
Les Ambassadeurs: “Mana Mana” from Les Ambassadeurs: Dance Music From West Africa, Rounder, 1984. Salif Keita (vocals) No other credits listed.
Black Uhuru: “Black Uhuru Anthem” from Anthem, Island, 1984. Michael Rose (vocals), Duckie Simpson, Puma Jones (vocals, backing vocals), Robbie Shakespeare (bass), Sly Dunbar (drums), Mikey Chung (guitar), Radcliffe "Dougie" Bryan (guitar), Frankie Waul (keyboards), Darryl Thompson (guitar), Dean Fraser (sax.), Ronald "Nambo" Robinson (trombone), David Madden, Junior "Chico" Chin (trumpet). Note: there was a version of this album available in the UK late 1983. However, a new version surfaced in '84 with additional tracks, and it is now listed as a 1984 release in most discographies.
Tabu Ley Rochereau: “King Sa” from Tabu Ley, Shanachie, 1984. Tabu Ley Rochereau (vocals, production. No other credits listed.
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