Sometimes it may seem like the world is going to hell in a handbasket. One of the things that makes me happy is the revival of Afro-beat - the funk from West Africa in the 70s originally pioneered by Fela Kuti.
The Souljazz Orchestra, a fantastic Canadian group is currently making very good Latin-infused Afrobeat, that is simultaneously both heavily political and celebratory, which is part of what makes Afrobeat so much fun). Here's "Ya Basta" (Enough Already) from their 2012 album:Another great group of younger folks funking out is the Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra. Here's a great track of new millennium Afrobeat http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJLsAHNkyqM
A kind of revival in Afrobeat has also brought out some stars from the past. Ebo Taylor, 75 yrs. young, leads a dance party in Ghana and sounds pretty damn good to my ears, the track is Odofo Nyi Akyiri Biara):Strut records signed Ebo Taylor in 2010, he's released 2 albums since then and shows no signs of slowing down. Finally, there's also been a smattering of remastering and re-releasing great Afrobeat recordings from the 70s, like the K. Frimpong releases coming out of Minneapolis's Secret Stash Records.
Enjoy it if it's your thing, but either way leave some fun music or something else positive in the comments below.