Mari.Cha, Thessaloniki, Greece

In music, the terms Afro, Cosmic Disco,the Cosmic sound, free style,and combinations thereofare used somewhat interchangeably to describe various forms of synthesizer-heavy and/or African-influenced dance music and methods of DJing that were originally developed and promoted by a small number of DJs in certain discothèques of Northern Italy from the late 1970s through the mid-1980s. The music genre and mixing style shares some history with Italo disco. The terms slow-motion disco and Elettronica Meccanica are also associated with the genre.