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Afrovision
Cat: ASVN 020. Rel: 20 Oct 16
International
  1. Big Blow
  2. Dakar Streets
  3. Aloko Party
  4. Bayam Seel'am
  5. Baobab Sun 7
  6. Afrovision
 in stock $6.45
Funky Disco Music
Cat: ASVN 052. Rel: 15 Feb 18
Disco/Re-Edits
  1. Funky Disco Music (4:12)
  2. Ndolo Embe Mulema (6:07)
  3. Une Chanson Sans Paroles (4:41)
  4. Bowa'a Mba Ngebe (3:31)
  5. Doi Da Manga (3:16)
  6. Me To A De Try My Own (7:52)
  7. Esele Mba Musango Na Ndol'am (3:43)
  8. Emen Ango (6:17)
Review: A veritable French fusion institution; classically trained Cameroon musician Eko Roosevelt Louis was responsible for a catalogue of exciting jazz funk, disco and afrofunk records throughout the 70s and remained active touring Europe until the 90s when he returned to Cameroon to inherit the role as tribal chieftain from his grandfather. Released in 1979, Funky Disco Music was his third album and packs some of his most powerful compositions. The triumphant title track says it all; laidback, charming and full of positivity it sets the scene for the whole trip. Highlights include the rock-tinged soul chugger "Une Chanson Sans Paroles", the highlife uplift of "Doi Da Manga" and the smouldering showstopper finale "Emen Ango". Dig deep and enjoy... Africa Seven promise more Eko reissues in the near future.
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Born In Africa
Cat: ASVN 062. Rel: 19 Apr 18
International
  1. Nimele Bolo (5:23)
  2. Makakane Masu (6:12)
  3. Manyaka (8:39)
  4. Born In Africa (8:57)
  5. Nanga 'Boko (4:16)
  6. Reviens-Moi (5:01)
Review: Charlie Kingue Soppo, known simply as Charly Kingson, is a legend of afro-funk who managed to shake the entire continent up with his infamous 1978 LP, Born In Africa. Often forgotten when conversations turn to Afro-dance, and the likes of Tony Allen or Fela Kuti, he has been an incredible source of inspiration to many musicians exploring the funkier side of jazz-dance, and this album itself goes way beyond any traditional notion of tropical discotheque. In fact, tracks like "Makakane Masu" verge on the soulful and the poppy, while "Born In African" itself is a funky groover for the dancefloor. All in all, this is an album which was dying for a re-release, and now you can enjoy it courtesy of the wonderful Africa Seven outlet. Boom!
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We The People
Cat: ASVN 027. Rel: 11 Jan 18
International
  1. More Sekele Movement (Papa Ni Mama) (4:05)
  2. Dora (7:53)
  3. Watcha Get Ma Day Dreams (6:14)
  4. Sekelimania (Nku Bilam) (3:46)
  5. The Sekele Movement (6:28)
  6. As Far I Can Remember (6:23)
Review: Having previously reissued Pasteur Lappe's sought-after 1979 sophomore set, No Man Pass Man, the crew behind the Africa Seven label has turned its attention to the Cameroonian artist's similarly impressive debut, We The People. It's a vibrant and hugely entertaining six-track set, with Lappe offering up a range of dancefloor-ready cuts that variously touch on heavy Afro-disco ("More Sekele Movement (Papa Ni Mama)"), horn-heavy tropical funk ("Dora"), saccharine English language ballads ("Watcha Get Ma Day Dreams"), thrusting disco-funk righteousness (Clav-happy smasher "Sekelimania (Nku Bilam)" and "The Sekele Movement") and laidback, Steely Dan style West Coast jazz-rock ("As Far As I Can Remember").
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Du Mali
Du Mali (LP)
Cat: ASVN 045. Rel: 27 Jul 17
International
  1. Yayoroba (6:05)
  2. Porry (11:34)
  3. N'ne Diarabila (7:53)
  4. Dintal (8:57)
 in stock $17.77
Sory Bamba Du Mali
Cat: ASVN 035. Rel: 22 Sep 16
International
  1. Mayel (6:00)
  2. Kanaga 78 (4:59)
  3. Bayadjourou (6:24)
  4. Tjamantie Kolo (7:26)
  5. N'Nebakaidi (5:11)
  6. Nani Nani (6:17)
Review: 1979's Sory Bamba Du Mali was a masterpiece when it first came out, and that hasn't changed a single bit over thirty-five years later. Africa Seven are the ones to resurface this little gem of an album from the comparatively tiny corner of Africa's Mali, and it's very much in line with the rest of the wonderful music from that part of the hemisphere. "Mayel" starts off with a deep brass symphony guided by a mysterious wave of echoing guitar riffs and tribal chanting, but the following "Kanaga 78" is a moment of pure magic, a 4/4 groove with a nutty guitar and wild organ gliding with total freedom - recommended just for that. As you can imagine, the rest of this special album keeps on evolving with each new track, and from ritualistic, percussion-heavy dances to exotic rhythms, this is a must have. Don't even think of getting the original for less the L500.
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Afro Exotique: Adventures In The Leftfield Africa 1972-82
VARIOUS
Cat: ASVN 064. Rel: 05 Dec 19
International
  1. Black Reggae - "My Girl Reggae" (3:05)
  2. Nel Oliver - "Let My Music Take You" (5:12)
  3. Yta Jourias - "Pesse Mi Buntare" (4:06)
  4. Myriam Makeba - "L'Enfant Et La Gazelle" (3:48)
  5. Dan Lacksman - "Coconut" (2:12)
  6. Uta Bella - "Eben Reggae" (3:18)
  7. Amara Toure & Orchestre Massako - "Lamento Cubano" (5:44)
  8. Aura (Aspiritual Emanation) - "On My Way" (3:20)
  9. Francis Bebey - "The Coffee Cola Song" (5:06)
  10. Chakachas - "Soledad" (3:54)
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Return To The Mothers' Garden: More Funky Sounds Of Female Africa 1971-1982
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Cat: ASVN 044. Rel: 05 Sep 19
International
  1. Theodora Ifudu - "This Time Around" (4:56)
  2. Oby Onyioha - "Enjoy Your Life" (6:18)
  3. Nana Love - "Talking About Music" (3:46)
  4. Joy Nwosu & Her Group - "Azania" (4:13)
  5. Miriam Makeba - "Malaika" (5:18)
  6. Nayanka Bell - "Just A Boogie" (3:42)
  7. Christy Essien - "Nobody Can Stop You" (5:03)
  8. Bebe Manga - "Lokognolo" (4:12)
  9. Diane Solo - "N'Ziketio" (5:47)
  10. Sissi Massila - "Salif" (4:23)
Review: Africa Seven's second tribute to the "funky sounds of female Africa" is packed to the rafters with gems. While some of the material may be familiar to those digging Afro-funk, disco and boogie - see Oby Onyioha's breezy boogie sing-along "Enjoy Your Life", the similarly awesome early '80s dancefloor pressure of Nayanka Bell's "Just A Boogie" and the gnarled disco-rock pressure of Christy Essien's "Nobody Can Stop You" - the vast majority of tracks are not only little-known, but also simply essential. Our picks include the disco-reggae bounce of Bebe Manga's "Lokognolo", Theodora Ifudu's Teena Marie style disco-boogie workout "This Time Around" and the spiraling heavy funk pressure of Diane Solo's "N'Ziketio".
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Africa Airways Six: Mile High African Funk 1974-1981
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Cat: ASVN 060. Rel: 21 May 20
International
  1. Eko - "Ndolo Embe Mulema" (4:54)
  2. JM Tim & Foty - "More & More (Ye Male)" (3:57)
  3. Ngalle Jojo - "Ngigna Loko" (3:03)
  4. Jude Bondeze - "Ndomo" (4:58)
  5. Vicky Edimo - "You" (5:03)
  6. JK Mandengue - "Kosa Mbe" (2:58)
  7. Akwassa - "Be Yourself (& Don't Let Nobody)" (5:17)
  8. Mike Kounou - "My Native Land" (3:48)
  9. Airto Fogo - "Black Soul" (2:57)
  10. Francois Misse Ngoh - "Njonjo Mukambe" (4:49)
Review: For their latest flight on "Africa Airways", the Africa Seven collective has decided to treat us to some in-flight "Mile High Funk", all of which was recorded between 1974 and 1981. In practise, that means a mixture of disco-funk, boogie, Blaxploitation-style heaviness, Afro-disco and slap-bass-propelled goodness from across the African continent. Highlights are plentiful, with our picks including the Hammond-sporting heaviness of Akwassa's "Be Yourself (& Don't Let Nobody)", the synth-sporting highlife style revelry that is Eko's "Ndolo Embe Mulema" and the horn-heavy voodoo funk-soul cheeriness of Jude Bondeze's "Ndomo".
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Africa Airways Five: Brace Brace Boogie 1976-1982
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Cat: ASVN 050. Rel: 14 Feb 19
International
  1. Black Bells Group - "Sweet Sidney" (edit) (4:12)
  2. Charly Kingson - "Nanga 'Boko" (4:17)
  3. Gyedu Blay Ambolley - "Highlife" (4:59)
  4. Dikalo - "Fine Biscuits" (2:45)
  5. Mekongo President - "Angona Mana" (4:04)
  6. Fotso - "French Girl" (3:27)
  7. Tala AM - "Sugar Lump" (edit) (5:01)
  8. JK Mandengue - "Chibidaba, Chibidaba" (2:55)
  9. Jide Obe - "Too Young" (5:13)
  10. Mulamba - "Dashiki" (version instrumentale) (3:07)
Review: There's a slightly different feel to the latest instalment of the fantastic "Africa Airways" compilation series. While previous instalments have largely focused on heavy Afro-funk and Afro-soul, this fifth edition showcases material recorded during the disco and boogie era (1976-82). The ten included tracks are superb, with highlights including the fuzzy, Clavinet-driven thrills of "Sweet Sidney (Edit)" by Black Bells Group, the heavy grooves and dancing synth lines of Gyedu Blay Ambolley's "Highlife", the spacey Afro-boogie badness of Fotso's "French Girl" and the flash-fried disco-funk celebration that is Jide Obe's spacey, Moog-sporting "Too Young". As the old cliche goes, this is all killer and no filler.
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