In the early 1970’s, when African circulation of soul records hit its peak, James Brown’s signature funky groove hit West Africa hard. The rhythmic intensity of funk resonated with young Africans looking to get down on the dance floor, and James Brown’s wide vocal range and theatrical stage presence made a lasting impression.While the influence of funk can be heard in everything from Afro-Beat to South African choir music, this playlist features artists playing straight from the source.