Voodoo Funk Party hits the ANZA Club
One look atFrank Gossner and you can tell he takes music seriously: tattooed on his right forearm is a pop art–style fist, surrounded by flying 45-rpm records. The image is taken from the cover art for “The Champ”, a classic from U.K. funk obscurities the Mohawks, and it dates back to a time when Gossner was hosting regular funk parties in the nightclubs of Berlin. These days, though, he’s living in New York City, and he’s turned his attention to the psychedelic soul sounds of Africa in the 1960s and ’70s. Gossner’s new fetish really took hold in 2005 when his diplomat wife was posted to West Africa, where crate-digging is always an adventure.
One of his best scores, he recalls, involved liberating hundreds of Syliphone LPs and 45s from a derelict government building in Guinea. “It had been all shot out in the early ’80s, in a coup attempt or something,” he explains. “I couldn’t go in there because it was still guarded by the military. But I hired some young guys from the market area, and they went in and got the records out of there.
“I still have, like, boxes of that shit,” the DJ adds happily. Some of them will no doubt come into play when Gossner hosts Voodoo Funk Party at the ANZA Club next Saturday (May 5). Be there if you, too, like your music raw, wild, and rare.