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RE-RELEASE. Timmy Thomas. Why Can't We Live Together/ Africano

Publicat in: 02.11.2017, 06:46AM
Autor: Richard Constantinidi
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Etichete: Africano, Get On Down, Timmy Thomas, Why Cant We Live Together
RE-RELEASE. Timmy Thomas. Why Can't We Live Together/ Africano
Artist: Timmy Thomas
Title: Why Can't We Live Together/
Africano
Format: 12" Vinyl
Label: Get On Down

Without a doubt, Timmy Thomas is most famously known for the hit song 'Why Can't We Live Together'. The record topped the U.S. Billboard R&B chart, made the top three in the Billboard Hot 100 and was charted in top 10 in many countries including the UK.
 
A staple in the R&B scene, Thomas had a successful solo career until the
mid-80s, later focusing on the writing and production side of the business.
'Why Can't We Live Together' may have been his biggest hit, but it's also one that keeps resonating to this day. A response to the devastating news coming from the war in Vietnam, the words "No more wars, we want peace in this world, and no matter what color, you're still my brother." are indicative of a time marked by the horrors of war abroad, and the racial discrimination in America.
 
Written and produced by Thomas himself solely on a Lowrey organ and an early rhythm machine, the song however was far from simple as its emotive message continues to provide a profound context. And even though it's been covered over the years by many artists including Sade and Joan Osborne, 'Why Can't We Live Together' has managed to come back on the charts again in 2015, as the instrumental backing to Drake's 'Hotline Bling', which has now sold over two million copies in the U.S. alone.
 
When it comes to the deep disco cut, 'Africano' is one of those tracks that probably never got much shine in America, but has since become a dancefloor favorite of underground disco DJs worldwide. Curiously, years after its release, its biggest supporters were Italian DJs like Danielle BaldelliMozartand Gianni Maselli, who during the 80s played disco, African records, American R&B, and reggae to create what has been since become known as the Afro-Cosmic scene at the height of club culture in the discothèques of Northern Italy.
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