Shaft In Africa

Johnny Pate

Shaft In Africa

  • Label: ABC
  • Catalogue number: ABC793
  • Format: LP
  • Genres: Bboy Breaks, Funk, Funky Jazz, Instrumental, Jazz, Jazz Funk, Rare Grooves
  • Origin: United States
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  1. You Can't Even Walk In The Park (Opening Theme)

  2. Are You Man Enough (Main Title)

  3. Aleme Finds Shaft

  4. Shaft In Africa (Addis)

  5. Headman

  6. El Jardia

  7. Are You Man Enough

  8. Jazar's Theme

  9. Truck Stop

  10. Aleme's Theme

  11. El Jardia (Reprise)

  12. Are You Man Enough (End Title)

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The first ‘Shaft’ movie soundtrack, scored by Isaac Hayes, was one of the most popular and innovative soundtracks for its time. For the second Shaft movie, director Gordon Parks tried to make the soundtrack himself and didn’t fare nearly as well. For the third in the series, ‘Shaft in Africa’, the call went to Johnny Pate. Pate was a great choice, because like Hayes, Pate had the background in sophisticated orchestral arranging as well as a background performing street tough funky RnB. Its this combination of conga and wah-wah guitar driven rhythms topped with slick modern orchestrations that are the hallmark of the highly collectable 70s crime jazz soundtrack commonly referred to as “blaxploitation”.