Geraldo Pino

Real Name:
Gerald Emeka Pine
Profile:
Singer and guitarist from Sierra Leone and one of the first artists to become successful while incorporating American funk into the growing West African Afrobeat scene of the mid to late 60s. To the sounds of the likes of James Brown, Pino infused strong African percussive elements and the revolutionary stance that permeated throughout Africa at the time. Also characteristic of Geraldo Pino's music were the distinctively funky sounds of the Hammond B-3 organ.
As Pino was selling-out shows in Nigeria he made a huge impression on Fela Kuti. Kuti then followed suit and incorporated similar funky elements into his live shows and recordings. It is said that Kuti then moved to America in order to promote his music because he didn't believe he could compete with Geraldo Pino's popularity in West Africa. The move proved beneficial for Kuti who immediately caught the ears of Western producers and audiences. Meanwhile, Geraldo Pino and his influence on the development of Afrobeat remained relatively unknown outside Africa until recently.
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Albums

HNLX 5108 Geraldo Pino - Afro Soco Soul Live album art Geraldo Pino Plus The Heart Beats '72* Geraldo Pino Plus The Heart Beats '72* - Afro Soco Soul Live (Album) His Master's Voice HNLX 5108 Nigeria 1972 Sell This Version
NEMI (LP) 0059 Geraldo Pino - Let's Have A Party album art Geraldo Pino And The Heart Beats* Geraldo Pino And The Heart Beats* - Let's Have A Party (Album) EMI NEMI (LP) 0059 Nigeria 1974 Sell This Version
B-SPOT 001 Geraldo Pino - Boogie Fever album art Geraldo Pino Boogie Fever (Album) Blackspot (2) B-SPOT 001 Nigeria 1978 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

GP 1 Geraldo Pino - Maria Lef For Waka album art Geraldo Pino and his Heartbeats* Geraldo Pino and his Heartbeats* - Maria Lef For Waka(7", Single) Pino Records (2) GP 1 Sierra Leone 1963 Sell This Version
GP 5 Geraldo Pino and his The Heartbeats (3) Geraldo Pino and his The Heartbeats (3) - More Time, Baby(7", Single) Pino Records (2) GP 5 Sierra Leone 1965 Sell This Version
KONA12101 Geraldo Pino - Heavy Heavy Heavy album art Geraldo Pino / Steele Beauttah* Geraldo Pino / Steele Beauttah* - Heavy Heavy Heavy DMI, Kona Records KONA12101 UK 2000 Sell This Version
SJR 362-7 Geraldo Pino - Heavy, Heavy, Heavy / Africans Must Unite album art Geraldo Pino Heavy, Heavy, Heavy / Africans Must Unite Suzumi Records SJR 362-7 UK 2017 Sell This Version
SJR 364-7 Geraldo Pino - Shake Hands / Power To The People album art Geraldo Pino Shake Hands / Power To The People Suzumi Records SJR 364-7 UK 2017 Sell This Version
P 001 Geraldo Pino - Shake Hands With Your Friends album art Geraldo Pino & His Heartbeats* Geraldo Pino & His Heartbeats* - Shake Hands With Your Friends(7", Single) Peanut Records (4) P 001 Nigeria Unknown Sell This Version
PEA 116 Geraldo Pino - Born To Be Free album art Geraldo Pino & His Heart Beat* Geraldo Pino & His Heart Beat* - Born To Be Free(7") Pathé PEA 116 Kenya Unknown Sell This Version

Compilations

RETRO20CD Geraldo Pino - Heavy Heavy Heavy album art Geraldo Pino & The Heartbeats (3) Geraldo Pino & The Heartbeats (3) - Heavy Heavy Heavy(CD, Comp) RetroAfric RETRO20CD UK 2005 Sell This Version