Urb gives ‘Funk Aid for Africa’ a 4 Star Review!

Various Artists :: Funk Aid For Africa
Reviewed on Thursday, June 25, 2009 by Adam Figman

The term “funk” has different meanings to different people. It could imply a series of horns over an electronica-inspired soul groove. Or maybe a Spanish guitar accompanying a storming drum beat. Or perhaps it requires a smooth voice crooning above a jazz tune. No matter the interpretation, DJ OBaH made sure any fan of the term has something to enjoy on the first installment of New York City-based production school dubSpot’s compilation series. With 100% of the proceeds going to the construction of a “green” playground for children of a South African organization (called Youth with a Vision) that runs AIDS prevention programs, listeners can spend their hard-earned money on this knowing their contributions are certainly going to a positive cause.

And while feeling good about yourself for donating, you can keep the upbeat emotions running while listening to this release. The mix is designed to get your dance on, as contributors include versatile soundmakers J Boogie’s Dubtronic Science and the NYC Afropunk band Kokolo Afrobeat Orchestra. Other notable cuts include The Lions’ brassy “Jungle Struttin” and vocalist Ursula Rucker’s spiritual “Electric Santeria (Remix by King Britt).” Whether it be the uptempo vibes of the music or the good-hearted feeling one gets after performing a charitable deed, purchasing this album and supporting the cause is well worth the money and the effort.