Johnny Pate – Are You Man Enough (Theme To Shaft In Africa) [1973]

Johnny Pate, what a legend. composing the soundtracks to two of the biggest blaxsploitation movies of the seventies, Shaft In Africa and Brother on the Run. This for me is one of his very best offerings, keeping the funk nice and mature rather than descending into wah-wah cheese that for me killed many a funk track. The break is absolutely mint, combined with the soulful, funk bassline and your laughing.

From Discogs
Track A.4 of this album (Shaft In Africa) is a fantastic instrumental song made famous later by Norman Cook, using it as an intro for his “It Began In Africa” song that appears in the “Urban All Stars EP” from 1988 under the “Urban” Label. The Congas, Percussions and heavy breaks reminds me of Michael Viner’s “Incredible Bongo Band”. Shaft In Africa continues to be an essential sample by many Dj’s and Hip Hop Producers.


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