barabara sounds sez:
Not the first time this has been seen in blogoville, but that's no reason to hold back. And not perhaps the ultimate Count Buffalos — my vote has to go to the magnificent Side 1 of Electrum (which you'll find hosted over at OIR). Or even Bakishinba (another of Bacoso's gems). But still most excellent and worthy of your time. Plus I seriously rate the album cover.
brief bio stuff:
Akira Ishikawa was born in Yokosuka in 1934. He played with Akira Miyazawa's Modern All Stars; and later with Toshiyuki Miyama and his New Herd (in its early days), then left to form his own band The Gentures (try this on YouTube), which later gave birth to Count Buffalos. He was hugely influenced by African rhythms after visiting East Africa in the 1970. Hence the albums Uganda: Dawn of African Rock (more here) and then Bakishinba.
Besides working as a session musician and also on TV (he takes the blame for this theme tune for an NHK kids show), he spent a lot of time working on projects to benefit African kids). In the 1990s he founded the music club Piga Piga in Ebisu, which hosted some of the best live African sounds in Tokyo. He later moved back to live in Kenya, which is where he died in 2002.
'Nuff said. Without further ado, time to Get it Up…