On the distant planet Funkatron a man was born to the cosmos under the name Mustafa Akbar. His voice is reminiscent of an amalgamation of several classic funk icons, like George Clinton and Gil Scott Heron, yet he’s distinctly fresh. Mustafa has been featured on tons of releases, such as Fort Knox Five’s “Funk 4 Peace”, on solo projects, and with various bands for nearly twenty years. Mustafa Akbar is a true musician, living and breathing funk into the world every single day.
“Get Down Wit It”, Mustafa Akbar’s new single on Super Hi-Fi Recordings, is a fully pumping party inside a straight-forward, funky dance tune. Co-written by Tony Ozier and featuring Pete James on guitar, Art Dixie on synth bass, Farnell Newton on trumpet, and Kyle Molitor on trombone –along with additional production from All Good Funk Alliance’s Frank Cueto – the groove builds up and sustains nicely. Like Mustafa says in the intro of the song, “I need dancers tonight”! Qdup (ESL Music, Bombstrikes) drives his remix toward a more heavy electronic route, yet keeps the heart and soul of the original intact. All Good Funk Alliance make the horn lines shine as they contribute an electro-disco boogie vibe to this party. Deela – the latest project from the creative mind behind Kabanjak and Ancient Astronauts – strips back the song’s feel and delivers a percussive afrobeat-electro remix.
Mustafa Akbar’s “Get Down Wit It” refreshingly upfront and fun, sure to inspire good times in the boogie zone. Ten thousand DJs agree: dance music needs more songs like this!
Ursula 1000 (Insect Queen Music) – “This is hitting all the right buttons. Boogie meets Minneapolis funk meets some Mothership madness!”
Double-D (Funky Fresh Radio Show) – “Super dope! Super Hi-Fi’s funk is back again with a great funky banger.”
Quincy Jointz (Timewarp Music Radio Show) – “Awesome EP. All versions are rocking.”
Graham Scullin (The Back Room) – “Funky as heck. The drums on the original are spectacular.”
Dogu (Ancient Astronauts) – “I’ve always loved the voice of Mustafa Akbar. The Deela Remix levels it to another afro dimension!”
Aja Allsop (Ketch A Vibe Radio Show) – “If this does not make your shake your stuff and give you a huge smile, you must be dead!”
Soul of Man (Finger Lickin’ Records) – “Authentic FONK! Great mixes, it’s hard to pick a favorite.”
Sleazy McQueen (Whiskey Disco) – “So damn funky!”
Morphosis (The Hong Kong Ping Pong Club) – “Some proper funky business right here. The remixes are top notch as well.”
misterG (Green Arrow Radio Show) – “I’ll get down, but I’m not sure I’ll stop … the remixes are taking over!”