Episode #120 Pt2 – Neftali Santiago / Funkadrill

For my final show in Black History Month, I’m highlighting this treasure trove of Rare Grooves  from one of the Fathers of Funk History.

In 2016, Mandrill drummer Neftali Santiago, released tracks from previously recorded sessions. Like most old school Funk artists, his attempt to capitalize on the success of Uptown Funk, and the resurgence in popularity of the genre, lacked the financial backing, airplay and promotion to garner much success However, these compilations are an important inclusion to the legacy of Funk History, and reveal the untapped genius of this acclaimed musician. Listen, Enjoy and Support!

PART 2 – Neftali Santiago – Funkadrill

While on the road with Mandrill, Santiago built lasting friendships with members of the P-Funk family, including Gary Shider, Cordell “Boogie” Mosson, and George Black. In 1994, Santiago, now called “Funkadrill, teamed with the P-Funkers for what promised to be a MONSTER Funk album. Sadly, the project was not completed, and both Shider and Mosson have since passed away. But, the Funk lives on through Groves tasty enough to make your mouth water! Also featured, Thundercat, Pleasure, Badd Kitti, Zo! and Lettuce.

PART 1 – Neftali Santiago – Santiago

 

santiago-22somerset Listen to Part 1- Santiago – 22 Somerset Dr
(from Dropbox)

Santiago left Mandrill in 1975 after a two-year run, and pursued a short lived, but fruitful solo career. Under the name Santiago, he recorded nine tracks which were complied on the album, 22 Somerset Dr., (the address of his childhood home.)
When Santiago resumed his relationship with Mandrill in 1977, his project was shelved, and remained unreleased for 40 years. In this hour, selected cuts from the album and some Mandrill’s greatest hits, on which Santiago contributed, are featured.

Part 1
Song Artist Album Year
Feelin’ Good Santiago 22 Sommerset Dr

2016

Bionic Funk Santiago 22 Somerset Dr

2016

Detroit After Dark BLAKBOT Analog Dreams

2019

Sweet Nothings Fat Night Sweet Nothings

2019

Kofijahm (Coffee Jam) Mandrill Mandrill

1972

Blacks and Blues Bobbi Humphrey Blacks & Blues

1973

Set It Free Santiago 22 Somerset Dr

2016

Mornin Dew Sunni Colón Mornin Dew – A COLORS SHOW – Single

2019

Fencewalk Mandrill Composite Truth

1973

Land of the Leaping Nono Santiago 22 Somerset Dr

2016

Freakin’ (1978 Demo) Santiago 22 Somerset Dr

2016

Can You Get It Mandrill We Are One

1977

Part 2
Song Artist Album Year
Anointed Funk Neftali Santiago
For Your Pleasure Pleasure Now is the Time

2019

W.T.F. (What The Funk) Badd Kitti single

2019

Royal Highness Lettuce Elevate

2019

No Sleep Til MTL Potatohead People Nick and Astro’s Guide to the Galaxy

2019

On The Four feat. Carmen Rodgers Zo! FourFront

2019

Whisper To Me Orgone Reasons

2019

Release the Funk (feat. Neftali Santiago, Gary Shider, Cordell Boogie Mosson & George Black) Neftali Santiago (Funkadrill)

2016

When Freaks Fall in Love Garrett Shider Regurgitated Youth

2019

Anxiety Q Forest Green (Deluxe)

2019

Black Qualls ft. Steve Lacy & Steve Arrington Thundercat It Is What It Is

2020

Funkadrillic Rhythm (feat. Cordell Boogie Mosson, Neftali Santiago & George Black) Neftali Santiago (Funkadrill)

2016

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