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World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who Is William Onyeabor?
Cat: RT 54/8089900791. Rel: 21 Oct 13
Body & Soul (10:07)
Atomic Bomb (7:59)
Good Name (10:04)
Something You Will Never Forget (10:03)
Why Go To War (9:00)
Love Is Blind (7:50)
Heaven & Hell (4:03)
Let's Fall In Love (7:18)
Fantastic Man (6:28)
When The Going Is Smooth & Good (7:26)
The Way To Win Your Love (7:01)
Jungle Gods (4:05)
Love Me Now (13:40)
Review: Following 2012's fourth volume that celebrated the existential work of Tim Maia, here we find Luaka Bop exploring the legacy of William Onyeabor. A high chief and Kenyan diplomat who allegedly refuses to discuss his music, he self-released eight albums in the 70s and 80s and these are some of the many highlights. Stretching from the New York-influenced post-punk synth funk of "Good Name" to the most authentic Afro fusion of "Why Go To War", Onyeabor's range not only reflects his clear creative skill, but also the ever-developing international language of music during the fruitful period he was active. Who is William Onyeabor? Press play and find out yourselves...
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Obaa Sima
Obaa Sima (LP + MP3 download code)
Cat: ATFA 014LP. Rel: 23 Feb 15
Obaa Sima
Moma Yendodo
Daa Nyinaa
Yemmpa Aba
Bome Nnwom
Review: This latest reissue from Awesome Tapes From Africa is the whole reason for founder Brian Shimkovitz starting the blog and the label that grew out of it. Some 13 years ago, Shimkovitz stumbled across a cassette copy of Obaa Sima whilst travelling Ghana and his love for Ata Kak's music lead to the foundation of the Awesome Tapes From Africa blog and the commencement of a long running effort to track down the Ghanaian musician. Some four years after ATFA became a label, Shimkovitz finally tracked down the musician, real name Yaw Atta-Owusu, and was granted permission to reissue Obaa Sima, using the second hand tape purchased in Ghana as the source. The seven tracks on this LP are a winning tinny combination of highlife, rap, pop, and more with "Daa Nyinaa" sounding like a cover version of William De Vaughn's "Be Thankful For What You've Got".
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New York Addis London: The Story Of Ethio Jazz 1965-1975
Cat: STRUT 051LP. Rel: 03 Nov 09
Yekermo Sew
I Faram Gami I Faram
Yegelle Tezeta
Asiyo Bellema
Ebo Lala (with Seifu Yohannes)
Fikratchin (with Menelik Wossenatchew)
Yefikir Tizita
Girl From Addis Ababa
Mascaram Setaba
Ene Alantchie Alnorem
Kasalefut Hulu
Wubit (with Muluken Melesse)
Lanchi Biye (with Tiahoun Gessesse)
 in stock $30.02
Make It Fast Make It Slow
Make It Fast Make It Slow (heavyweight vinyl LP)
Cat: SNDWLP 040. Rel: 02 Apr 13
Loose Up Yourself (3:27)
Make It Fast, Make It Slow (5:28)
Not The End (3:52)
I've Got To See You Again Lord (3:56)
He Shall Live In You (5:30)
But You (3:26)
Bargain (5:21)
Back On You (2:46)
Review: Soundway surpass themselves again with this wonderful reissue from the Ghanaian artist Rob, who released two albums back in 1977 for the West African Essiebons label. Rob was a seasoned musician in the 70?s, having recorded and toured with many well known bands. The album is a somewhat Spartan, brooding affair where less is most definitely more as slow burning, hip swaying cosmic funk drenched compositions are offset by wonderful punchy brass arrangements. A slow burning pulse is present throughout with highlights being ''Loose up Yourself'' and the irreplaceable carnal conquest anthem '' Make it Fast, Make it Slow''. Songs of celebration sit alongside other pieces of introspection and socially conscious topics; some might criticise the odd duff notes and occasional raw vocal edge, but this just adds texture to the overall performance and vibe. Without question one of the best reissues of 2012.
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Late Night Tales
Late Night Tales (180 gram vinyl 2xLP + art print + MP3 download code)
Cat: ALNLP 60. Rel: 04 Dec 20
Devadip Carlos Santana & Turiya Alive Coltrane - "Illuminations" (4:19)
Brilliantes Del Vuelo - "I Know That (When The Springtime Comes)" (5:17)
Nazia Hassan - "Khushi" (4:25)
Kelly Doyle - "DRM" (2:12)
Sanullim - "Don't Go" (4:10)
Maxwell Udoh - "I Like It (Don't Stop)" (6:19)
David Marez - "Ensename" (3:38)
Gerald Lee - "Can You Feel The Love" (reprise) (3:02)
Justine & The Victorian Punks - "Still You" (7:43)
George Yanagi & Nadja Band - "Track 10" (4:04)
Pesnyar - "Zacharovannaya Moya" (5:55)
Khruangbin - "Summer Madness" (Exclusive Cover version) (3:15)
Paloma San Basilio - "Contigo" (4:04)
Roha Band - "Yetikimt Abeba" (5:16)
Tierney Malone & Geoffrey Muller - "Transmission For Jehn: Gnossienne No 1" (Exclusive Spoken Word Piece) (4:58)
Review: Khruangbin might be the most logical and fitting choice for a Late Night Tales compilation in recent memory. The Texan psychedelic chill artists have always had a sense of the exploratory and unknown running through their blissful grooves, and the fundamental idea behind this series was always about opening up doors to new musical discoveries for listeners.

In many ways, the Houston trio have gone above and beyond. Melding a breadth of sounds that have emerged from an equally diverse set of cultures, we visit Hindi-disco, South Korean rock, African bass, Belarusian folk. Capped off with an exclusive version of Kool & The Gang's 'Summer Madness' conceived by the compilers themselves, it's a case of 15 gateway tracks all of which belong to artists and genres that are crying out for you to dive in.
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Kenya Special: Selected East African Recordings From The 1970's & 80's
Cat: SNDWLP 046. Rel: 15 Mar 17
The Loi-Toki-Tok - "Ware-Wa"
Slim Ali & The Famous Hodi Boys - "Watoto Nyara"
Orchestre Baba National - "Sweet Sweet Mbombo"
Gatanga Boys Band - "Wendo Ti Mbia"
Hafusa Abasi & Slim Ali with The Yahoos Band - "Sina Raha"
Nashil Pichen & The Eagles Lupopo - "Ng'ong'a Wa Mwanjalo"
Nairobi Matata Jazz - "Tamba Tamba"
The Lulus Band - "Ngwendeire Guita"
Mbiri Young Stars - "Ndiri Ndanogio Niwe"
The Lulus Band - "Nana"
Afro 70 - "Weekend"
The Rift Valley Brothers - "Mu-Africa"
DO 7 Band - "HO Ochiri"
Afro '70 - "Cha-Umheja"
Peter Tsotsi Juma & The Eagles Lupopo - "Kajo Golo-Weka"
New Gatanga Sound - "Thonia Ni Caki"
Sophia Ben & The Eagles Lupopo - "See Serere"
Kalambya Boys - "Kivelenge"
The Loi-Toki-Tok Band - "Leta Ngoma"
Huruma Boys Band - "Theresia"
Orchestre Veve Star - "Nitarudia"
The Mombasa Vikings - "Mama Matotoya"
The Lulus Band - "Mutumia Muriu"
Ndalani 77 Brothers - "Nzaumi"
Review: Having explored the rich heritage of Nigeria and Ghana with well researched vigour, Soundway turn to Kenya for their next adventure... A rare insight: while Lagos was churning out seminal Afrobeat compositions, Kenya took to western influences in a much subtler fashion. With heavy emphasis on the Kenyan benga and Afro-Cuban rumba there's a much deeper, local folk presentation and format throughout most of the selection. Complete with detailed notes and beautiful presentation (like all Soundway compendiums) this won't look out of place in any collection.
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Tags: African | Afrobeat | Afro Funk
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Mr Bongo Record Club Vol 3
Cat: MRBLP 165. Rel: 03 Jun 19
JB De Carvalho E Seu Terreiro - "Fui A Umbanda" (2:33)
Trio Ternura - "A Gira" (3:04)
Alcione - "Figa De Guine" (2:19)
Impacto 5 - "Longe Daqui Aqui Mesmo" (3:23)
Abaete - "Pisa No Taboado" (2:34)
Tobias - "Coisa Sentimental" (4:00)
Os Flippers - "Estrelar" (2:02)
SpaceArk - "Don't Stop" (unreleased long version) (4:09)
Pure Release - "I'll Know It's Love For Sure" (3:37)
Luther Davis Group - "You Can Be A Star" (4:39)
Kaleidoscope - "Let Me Try" (3:26)
Marumo - "Khomo Tsaka Deile Kae?" (3:43)
Splash - "Peacock" (4:51)
Gyedu Blay Ambolley - "Highlife" (5:00)
Harari - "Senyamo" (4:44)
Tokyo Academy Philharmonic Chorus Group - "Taharazaka" (2:57)
Cesar Roldão Vieira - "Ze Do Trem" (2:14)
Elias Rahbani - "I Want To Be" (3:21)
Elias Rahbani - "Dance Of Maria" (2:45)
Galt MacDermot - "Coffee Cold" (3:22)
Review: The crate-diggers behind the Mr Bongo label can usually be relied upon to showcase some seriously good tunes old and new. That's certainly the case on this third volume in their occasional "Record Club" series of compilations. Spanning sunshine soul, obscure samba, spacey jazz-funk experimentation, wide-eyed underground disco, fiery funk, weirdo rock, cheery South African bubblegum, synth-laden early '80s highlife, Ramsay Lewis style workouts and the psychedelic Middle Eastern disco-funk of Elias Rahbani, the compilation's 20 tracks are not only near faultless, but genuinely surprising and eye-opening. To quote a cliche, this collection genuinely is all killer and no filler.
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Rob (reissue)
Cat: MRBLP 166. Rel: 19 Feb 19
Funky Rob Way (6:14)
Forgive Us All (8:00)
Boogie On (4:10)
Just One More Time (7:39)
Your Kiss Stole Me Away (5:22)
More (5:19)
Review: Eight years on from its previous reissue (that time courtesy of Analog Africa's "Limited Dance Edition" series), Mr Bongo is offering up a fresh, licensed re-press of Rob's eponymous 1977 Afro-funk masterpiece. If you missed out in 2011, the set is definitely worth picking up because it's rock solid heat from start to finish. Check, for example, the heavily percussive Afro-beat/Afro-funk fusion of "Funky Rob Way", the flanged funk guitars and heavy brass action of "Boogie On", the jazz guitars and loved-up vocals of "Your Kiss Stole Me Away" and the William Onyeabor-does-James-Brown heaviness of closing cut "More".
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Selassie (7" limited to 300 copies)
Cat: MSH 109. Rel: 29 Jan 21
Selassie (part 1) (4:09)
Selassie (part 2) (3:58)
Review: The first release from the Ethiopian Brothers, 2019's 'Ashadwa', was a brilliant slab of Afro-funk that many erroneously believed to be a long-lost classic. In fact, it was the work of a contemporary producer associated with Jalepeno Records. Regardless, the record sounded authentically old and dusty, as does this equally as inspired sequel. 'Selassie (Part 1)' sets the tone, with the producer and his session musicians serving up a righteous Afro-funk workout rich in Tony Allen influenced drum-breaks, flanged guitars, raw tenor sax lines and killer bass guitar. Even more righteous is the flipside 'Part 2' version that showcases more snaking sax lines and some seriously infectious, chant-like vocals.
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Elado Edits
Elado Edits (180 gram vinyl 12")
Cat: RNT 053. Rel: 26 Jan 21
Big Baba (4:56)
Gulab Jamun (4:10)
Blame (4:54)
Halloumi (4:42)
Review: Antal has already been dropping the worldly beats on this EP which is a fine stamp of approval for Israeli DJ and collector Elado. This marks his debut on the label having won plenty of fans for his offering on Eddie C's cult Red Motorbike. The music take its cues from all over the planet - Africa, India and the Middle East - and brims with disco joy, funk richness and plenty of earthly soul. 'Big Baba' is a classy party starter with good time feels, 'Gulab Jamun' is a foreign language acid laced love song and 'Blame' is synth heavy disco funk.
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Samba (limited 7")
Cat: AFRO45 001. Rel: 14 Apr 22
Amazones De Guinee - "Samba" (4:53)
Moussa Doumbia - "Samba" (5:28)
Review: Mr Bongo kickstarts a new Afro 45s series with serious intention; all-girl troupe from Guinea Amazones De Guinee take the lead with a live recording from Paris, 1983. Taken from their Au Coeur De Paris album, it's the perfect example of a live recording with the balance of musicianship and crowd participation precision tuned. Flip for the previously rare 1980 recording by Ivory Coast's Moussa Doumbia whose smoky vocals and JB-level shrieks hit hard over a clam-tight Afrofunk rhythm. What a way to start a new series.
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Tags: African | Afro Funk
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Kelen Ati Leen
Kelen Ati Leen (limited 7")
Cat: AFRICA 4506. Rel: 20 Apr 22
Kelen Ati Leen (3:41)
Souleymane (4:29)
Review: Insanely funky business from Senegal's famous Orchestra Baobab (who are still touring and toiling 40 years later), "Kelen Ati Leen" is a really sweaty, heavy slab of funk that stares west for inspiration and a mild psychedelic Hendrixian sheen. "Souleymane", released three years after the A-side in 1978, takes more of a Latin influence as the horns get steamy over a rigid highlife spine to create a detailed and very physical groove.
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Beach Diggin Volume 5
Beach Diggin Volume 5 (gatefold 2xLP + MP3 download code)
Cat: HS 168VL. Rel: 04 Aug 17
Yasuko Agawa - "LA Nights" (5:19)
Stephen Colebrooke - "Stay Away From Music" (4:28)
Andre Marie Tala - "Sweet Dole" (4:32)
Tyna Onwudiwe - "Lite Low" (4:04)
Rebles - "Sweetest Taboo" (Soca version) (3:26)
Ricardo Marrero & The Group - "And We'll Make Love" (2:31)
Koko Ateba - "Si T'es Mal Dans Ta Peau" (4:03)
Sookie - "Tonight" (feat Jeannine Otis) (4:58)
Raphael Toine - "Femmes Pays Douces" (5:40)
Eboni Band - "Desire" (5:09)
Robert J Riggins - "I Need You Now" (4:06)
Salero - "Teardrops & Wine" (3:07)
Momo Joseph - "War For Ground" (4:13)
Claude Genteuil - "Dreams Of Love" (3:00)
Gatot Soedarto - "Sayangilah Daku Kasih" (1:46)
Synchro Rhythmic Eclectic Language - "Pasto" (5:51)
Review: Since the Beach Diggin' compilation series launched a few years back, a number of its obscure, Balearic-minded selections have been given full length reissues of their own. We can probably expect a number of the tracks from this brilliant fifth volume to get the same treatment. As usual, the wide-ranging track list is thick with highlights, from the synth-heavy, French language reggae of Raphael Toine's 1986 bubbler "Femmes Pays Douces" (taken from the artist's frustratingly hard to find Ce Ta Ou album) and vibraphone-laden jazz-funk smoothness of Yasuko Agwa's sought-after "L.A Night", to the barely-known brilliance of Andre Maria Tole's Cameroonian gem "Sweet Dole". In other words, it's another essential selection.
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Psychedelic Sanza 1982-1984
Cat: BORNBAD 064. Rel: 22 Sep 14
Sanza Nocturne
Sansa Tristesse
Africa Sanza
Forest Nativity
Sunny Crypt
Binta Madiallo
Tumu Pakara
Di Saegi
Ngoma Likembe
 in stock $26.50
Essiebons Special 1973-1984: Ghana Music Power House
Essiebons Special 1973-1984: Ghana Music Power House (gatefold 2xLP + booklet + MP3 download code)
Cat: AALP 093. Rel: 03 Dec 21
Ernest Honny - "Kofi Psych" (interlude 1) (4:28)
Joe Meah - "Dee Mmaa Pe" (6:14)
CK Mann & His Carousel 7 - "Yeaba" (4:27)
Santrofi-Ansa - "Shakabula" (4:13)
Seaboy & Nyame Bekyere - "Tinitini" (4:17)
Joe Meah - "Ahwene Pa Nkasa" (7:00)
Ernest Honny - "Ernest Special" (interlude 2) (4:02)
Seaboy - "Africa" (6:27)
Nyame Bekyere - "Broken Heart/Aunty Yaa/Omo Yaba (Nzema)" (Medley) (10:43)
Ernest Honny - "Say The Truth" (interlude 3) (6:09)
Black Masters Band - "Wonnin A Bisa" (5:31)
Sawaaba Soundz - "Egye Tu Gbe" (3:46)
CK Mann Big Band - "Fa W'akoma Ma Me" (4:11)
Ernest Honny - "Odo Mframa" (interlude 4) (6:12)
Review: Analogue Africa's 33rd compilation from their regular series, "Essiebons Special 1973 - 1983 // Ghana Music Power House", celebrating legendary producer Dick Essilfie-Bondzie's many achievements within Ghanaian music, which coincides with Analog Africa's 15th Anniversary.
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Tags: African | Afrobeat
 in stock $24.87
Asafo (12")
Cat: SNDW 12030. Rel: 30 Nov 18
Jon K - "Asafo" (4:45)
Pat Thomas - "Enye Woa" (extended intro) (6:25)
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This Is Marijata (reissue)
Cat: MRBLP 150. Rel: 14 Jul 17
I Walk Alone (10:56)
We Live In Peace (4:08)
No Condition Is Permanent (7:02)
Break Through (5:07)
Review: Back in 1976, legendary highlife artist Pat Thomas decided to throw his weight behind Ghanian three-piece Marjarita. Thanks to his patronage, they made quite an impact with their debut album (Pat Thomas Introduces Marjita), before striking gold with their killer follow-up, This is Marjita. Since then, the album has become something of a "holy grail" for Afro-funk collectors, with copies changing hands for astonishing sums of money. Happily, Mr Bongo has decided to license and reissue it. The album contains four superb workouts: the hard funk brilliance of "Break Through", the organ-heavy Afrobeat fuzziness of "No Condition is Permanent", the reggae-influenced wonder of "I Walk Alone" and the superior highlife of "We Live in Peace".
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Tags: African | Afro Funk
 in stock $19.19
Nigeria Soul Fever: Afro Funk Disco & Boogie: West African Disco Mayhem!
Cat: SJRLP 344. Rel: 09 Sep 16
Joni Haastrup - "Free My People" (4:52)
Christy Essien - "You Can't Change A Man" (3:59)
Akin Richards & The Executives - "Afrikana Disco" (6:25)
Tee Mac - "Nam Myoho Renge Kyo" (5:40)
Joni Haastrup - "Greetings" (6:14)
Don Bruce & The Angels - "Ocheche (Happy Song)" (5:51)
Benis Cletin - "Get Up & Dance" (5:37)
Colomach - "Enoviyin" (5:02)
Joni Haastrup - "Do The Funkro" (4:04)
Tee Mac - "Living Everyday" (feat Marjorie Barnes) (5:19)
Arakatula - "Mr Been To" (4:01)
Angela Starr - "Disco Dancing" (5:30)
Joni Haastrup - "Wake Up Your Mind" (5:58)
Jimmy Sherry & The Musik Agents - "Nwaeze" (7:00)
Benis Cletin - "Soul Fever" (5:02)
Arakatula - "Wake Up Africa" (3:19)
Review: Another work of Soul Jazz curatorial gold: Nigeria Soul Fever is a detailed gatefold trip into one of Nigeria's richest chapters in music. Heavy trade restrictions allowed them to develop their own style without too much US or European influence and the result is an array of national talent who largely remained legends within their own borders. The range is mesmerizing; the sinewy synth and playground vocal Q&A of Benis Cletin's "Get Up & Dance", the ballroom disco soul of Tee Mac's "Living Everyday", the soulful afrofunk folk of Jimmy Sherry's "Nwaeze", the gut-punching power of Arakatula's album finale "Wake Up Africa". This is a treasure trove of unreleased gems that capture a truly unique time.
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Philantropiques (gatefold heavyweight vinyl 2xLP)
Cat: HS 190VL. Rel: 15 Apr 19
Voyaging Bird (feat Jowee Omicil) (7:32)
Mucagiami (feat Vum Vum) (3:48)
Ja Nao Ha Mais Paz (feat Catia Werneck) (6:45)
Groove Ma Poule (feat Djeuhdjoah & Lieutenant Nicholson) (3:54)
Daddy Sweet (feat Pat Kalla) (6:18)
Li Dous Konsa (5:59)
Kenk Corner (3:50)
Sa Ce Kado (6:25)
Shake It & Rise Up (4:05)
Nosso Carimbo E Do Mundo (feat Pinduca & Nazar Peirera) (3:53)
Matadou (3:36)
Se Nou Menm (4:06)
Boug Bagay La (4:23)
Penda (feat Emma Lamadji & Kandy Guira) (3:48)
Review: Under the Guts guise, instrumental hip-hop beat-maker turned tropical soul enthusiast Fabrice Franck Henri has become one of Heavenly Sweetness' most reliable artists. "Philantropiques" is Henri's first album for three years and could well be his most expansive and adventurous to date. The set's 14 tracks are as colourful and musically rich as you'd expect, with the storied producer and a range of vocal collaborators conjuring up tracks that draw influence from a myriad of Central American, Caribbean, South American and African styles. The results are uniformly excellent, with highlights including the tropical shuffle of "Mucagiami (feat Vum Vum)", the sun-kissed French Caribbean funk of "Daddy Sweet (feat Pat Kalla)", the Afro-Tropical rush of "Kenk Corner" and the synth-powered brilliance of "Shake It & Rise Up".
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Tags: African | Afro Funk | French | Caribbean
 in stock $23.79
Volume 5
Volume 5 (2xLP)
Cat: ATFA 004LP. Rel: 16 Mar 13
Dur-Dur Band Introduction
Ilawad Cashaqa
Garsore Waa Ilaah
Asda Fududey Iga Ahow
Tajir Waa Ilaah
Amiina Awadaay
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Everything You Do You Do For Yourself
Cat: PH 45013. Rel: 07 Dec 17
Everything You Do, You Do For Yourself (4:27)
Estre (feat Florence Adooni) (5:02)
Review: Philophon is a Berlin-based label run by Max Weissenfeldt. Part of Philophon is the Tonstudio Bluetenring in Kreuzberg, operated by Benjamin 'Stibbo' Spitzmueller. The label's essential motivation is to support any form of local culture with reason, freedom and ludic drive. North-Ghanaian singer Guy One presents his first international release here. He promises what his name is saying: he is the number one artist of Frafra music, named after his people. "Everything You Do, You Do For Yourself" is a driving Highlife rhythm and his only song having a phrase in English. "Estre" features one of the leading voices of Frafra-Gospel named Florence Adooni. She interweaves perfectly with the horn arrangements by Weissenfeldt and the drummer. Washington's Hailu Mergia, San Francisco's Idris Ackamoor and the Pyramids and the legendary Scandinavian producer Jimi Tenor have also released on the label over the last year too.
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Tags: African | Highlife | Afro Funk
 in stock $9.19
Edo Funk Explosion Vol 1
Edo Funk Explosion Vol 1 (gatefold 2xLP + 20-page booklet + MP3 download code)
Cat: AALP 091. Rel: 26 Mar 21
Osayomore Joseph & The Creative Seven - "Africa Is My Root" (6:46)
Akaba Man & The Nigie Rockets - "Ta Gha Hunsimwen" (6:01)
Akaba Man & The African Pride - "Popular Side" (7:26)
Sir Victor Uwaifo & His Titibitis - "Iranm Iran" (5:34)
Sir Victor Uwaifo & His Titibitis - "Sakpaide No 2" (6:28)
Akaba Man & The Nigie Rockets - "Ta Ghi Rare" (7:21)
Osayomore Joseph - "My Name Is Money" (4:50)
Akaba Man & The Nigie Rockets - "Ogbov Omwan" (9:21)
Sir Victor Uwaifo & His Titibitis - "Aibalegbe" (3:51)
Osayomore Joseph & The Ulele Power Sound - "Who No Man" (8:38)
Sir Victor Uwaifo & His Titibitis - "Obviemama" (4:34)
Osayomore Joseph & The Ulele Power Sound - "Ororo No De Fade" (8:01)
Review: Analog Africa have put together their 31st compilation here, and it's another essential, well curated overview of a fantastic funk sound, focussing on the genre's greatest originators, namely Osayomore Joseph, Akaba Man and Sir Victor Uwaifo. All of these artists' primary skill was to strip down funk down to its core essence and use it as a foundation to rebuild their own unique interpretations. Each one is imbued with the spirit of the Edo culture and all 12 cuts here pulse with driving rhythm and raw musicianship, bright keys and tripped-out guitars that bring the funk in utterly fresh and thrilling ways.
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Tags: African | Afro Funk
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Featherbed Lane
Cat: F CLMN 152. Rel: 29 Jan 18
Featherbed Lane (3:46)
Handcuffed To The Shovel (3:45)
Review: Please welcome new LA Afrofunk troupe Mestizo Beat. Previously known as Soulfire Collective, this debut 45 marks a clear line in the sand and an exciting future. Sweaty, energetic, tightly woven instrumentals we kick off with "Featherbed Lane", a boogie-based jam with spiralling sax leads and a guitar solo so hot you could cook a banquet on it. "Handcuffed To The Shovel", meanwhile, gets to work with a rawness, persistence and infectious rhythmic motion. We know you're going to dig this!
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Tags: African | Afro Funk
 in stock $10.28
Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band
Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band (gatefold 2xLP + CD)
Cat: STRUT 126LP. Rel: 10 Jun 15
Mewo Akoma (8:22)
Gyae Su (4:12)
Odoo Be Ba (4:53)
Me Ho Asem (6:30)
Oye Asem (5:16)
Odo Asaada (4:03)
Brebrebre (5:22)
Amaehu (5:38)
Mewo Akoma
Gyae Su
Odoo Be Ba
Me Ho Asem
Oye Asem
Odo Asaada
 in stock $15.13
Amapiano Selections
Amapiano Selections (LP + MP3 download code)
Cat: ATFA 040LP. Rel: 19 Mar 21
Teno Afrika & Diego Don - "Ambassadors" (feat Stylo Musiq & Flame Darula) (5:27)
Teno Afrika & Diego Don - "Storytellers" (4:58)
8 Ubers (7:02)
Teno Afrika & Diego Don - "Conka" (feat Stylo Musiq & Flame Darula) (7:42)
Teno Afrika & SilvadropZ - "Smooth Criminal" (main mix) (6:24)
Lerato La Bass (5:42)
Teno Afrika & SilvadropZ - "Trip To Vlakas" (main mix) (5:17)
Chants Of Africa (6:08)
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We The People
Cat: ASVN 027. Rel: 11 Jan 18
More Sekele Movement (Papa Ni Mama) (4:05)
Dora (7:53)
Watcha Get Ma Day Dreams (6:14)
Sekelimania (Nku Bilam) (3:46)
The Sekele Movement (6:28)
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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Angola Soundtrack 2: Hypnosis Distortions & Other Sonic Innovations 1969-1978
Cat: AALP 075. Rel: 19 May 21
Os Anjos - "Avante Juventude" (3:34)
Quim Manuel - "Senhor Doutor" (3:35)
Tony Von - "N'Hoca" (2:57)
Urbano De Castro - "Kia Lomingo" (3:33)
Jovens Do Prenda - "Bina" (4:13)
Oscar Neves - "Mabele" (2:27)
Africa Ritmos - "Agarrem" (3:03)
Os Kiezos - "Saudades De Luanda" (2:43)
Kito - "Bongololo" (3:24)
Muhongo - "N' Ga Kunu M'Butu" (2:35)
Negoleiros Do Ritmo - "Lemba" (3:28)
Dicanzas Do Prenda - "Snipes" (4:08)
Carlo Lamartine & Aguias Reais - "Bazooka" (3:26)
Cisco - "Divua Diami" (3:17)
Levis Vercky's - "Meca" (3:35)
Elias Dia Kimuezo - "Chamavo" (5:08)
Africa Ritmos - "Olha O Pica" (3:24)
Urbano De Castro - "Fatimita" (4:00)
Africa Show - "Inspiracao De Nito" (3:30)
Dimba Diangola - "Despedida" (5:19)
Review: A unique political story told in 20 chapters, Angola 2 Soundtrack delves deep into the nine year history of recorded music culture that was born out of the live music oppression set in place by Portuguese rule. Between three labels over 800 recordings were released during this fertile period, each one reflecting Angolan folk and distinctive Latin influences. And these are 20 of the most creative highlights. From the frenetic guitar rhythms and harmonic chants of "Mabele" to the psychedelic highlife shimmers of "Avante Juventude" via the insistent, street-bound sermon of "Snipes", this collection is entrenched in a rich musical history. Complete with well researched booklet and powerful imagery, it's an immaculate lesson in modern music history.
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Tags: African | Highlife
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Africa Airways Five: Brace Brace Boogie 1976-1982
Cat: ASVN 050. Rel: 14 Feb 19
Black Bells Group - "Sweet Sidney" (edit) (4:12)
Charly Kingson - "Nanga 'Boko" (4:17)
Gyedu Blay Ambolley - "Highlife" (4:59)
Dikalo - "Fine Biscuits" (2:45)
Mekongo President - "Angona Mana" (4:04)
Fotso - "French Girl" (3:27)
Tala AM - "Sugar Lump" (edit) (5:01)
JK Mandengue - "Chibidaba, Chibidaba" (2:55)
Jide Obe - "Too Young" (5:13)
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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O Yinne!
O Yinne! (limited LP)
Cat: PH 33008. Rel: 01 Jun 23
O Yinne (4:08)
La Ka Ba'a (4:13)
This Is Bolga! (7:17)
Te Bola Be? (3:39)
Yinne Te Yelle Be (4:41)
A Lemine Me (4:29)
Doose Mam (4:32)
Gure Yose Me (4:13)
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The Movers Vol 1: 1970-1976
The Movers Vol 1: 1970-1976 (gatefold 180 gram vinyl LP)
Cat: AALP 095. Rel: 05 Aug 22
Give Five Or More (2:33)
Tau Special (2:50)
Soweto Inn (3:13)
Soul Crazy (2:34)
Kudala Sithandana (2:54)
Oupa Is Back (3:37)
Balele (3:11)
Hot Coffee (2:33)
Gig Soul Party (2:56)
Ku-Ku-Chi (2:30)
2nd Avenue (2:35)
Phukeng Special (2:33)
Six Mabone (2:41)
Plenty Time (2:31)
Review: Initially discovered by the label via cassette tapes picked up in Jo'burg's Kohinoor store back in 1995, The Movers feature on the 35th in Germany's Analog Africa's series of band spotlights. As its title suggests, this captures the band's work across the lion's share of the 70s, and tracks like 'Hot Coffee' and '2nd Avenue' are irresistibly, instantly groovy, but also a fascinating sonic crossroads where African jit music meets the funk and soul of the US and the funkier end of the guitar music coming out of the UK and Europe at the same time. All executed In the most natural, free flowing, as well, which makes this package even harder to resist.
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Tags: African | Afro Funk | Cumbia
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Resurrection Los
Resurrection Los (limited gatefold heavyweight vinyl LP + poster + MP3 download code)
Cat: AADE 07. Rel: 29 Sep 17
Resurrection Los (6:54)
Beton Sala (5:28)
Miss Ya Ntem (4:44)
Mindzuk Ya Enyin (5:44)
Bezimbi (4:02)
Mbembe Ndoman (5:23)
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Nigeria 70: Sweet Times Afro Funk Highlife & Juju From 1970s Lagos
Cat: STRUT 079LP. Rel: 13 May 11
Moneyman & The Super 5 International - "Life"
Ali Chukwumah & His Peace Makers International - "Henrietta"
Bola Johnson & His Easy Life Top Beats - "E Ma S'eka"
Dr Victor Olaiya's International All-Stars - "Kinrinjingbin"
Zeal Onyia & His Music - "Idegbani"
Sina Bakare - "Inu Mimo"
Eji Oyewole - "Unity Of Africa"
Tunde Mabadu - "Viva Disco" (instrumental)
The Don Isaac Ezekiel Combination - "Ire"
Etubom Rex Williams & His Nigerian Artistes - "Ama Mbre Ewa"
Soki Ohale's Uzzi - "Bisi's Beat"
Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey & His International Brothers - "Ajoyio"
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Mogoya (heavyweight white vinyl LP)
Cat: NF 36LP. Rel: 17 May 17
Bena Bena (4:53)
Yere Faga (feat Tony Allen) (5:09)
Fadjamou (4:36)
Mali Niale (5:14)
Kamelemba (4:13)
Djoukourou (4:05)
Kounkoun (4:44)
Minata Waraba (4:57)
Mogoya (3:29)
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World Psychedelic Classics 3: Love's A Real Thing - The Funky Fuzzy Sounds Of West Africa
Cat: LBLP 0052. Rel: 19 Mar 14
Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou Dahomey - "Minsato Le, Mi Dayihome"
Super Eagles - "Love's A Real Thing"
Moussa Doumbia - "Keleya"
Manu Dibango - "Ceddo End Title"
Sorry Bamba - "Porry"
Orchestra Number One De Dakar - "Guajira Ven"
William Onyeabor - "Better Change Your Mind"
Ofo & The Black Company - "Allah Wakbarr"
Gasper Lawal - "Awon-Oise-Oluwa"
Bunzu Sounds - "Zinabu"
Tunji Oyelana & The Benders - "Ifa"
Orchestre Regional De Kayes - "Sanjina"
Review: Back in 2005, the Luaka Bop and Stones Throw labels jointly issued World Psychedelic Classics 3: Love's A Real Thing - The Funky Fuzzy Sounds Of West Africa with the former releasing the CD edition and the latter a double LP version. As the elongated title suggests, the third edition of Luaka Bop's World Psychedelic Classic series swung the focus to West African music from the seventies and really opened people up to the psychedelic sounds of Manu Dibango, William Onyeabor, Gasper Lawal and a whole other host of artists from West Africa. Luaka Bop have evidently secured the rights for a vinyl reissue of the compilation, and anyone who indulged in their popular fifth volume focused on William Onyeabor will relish the opportunity to pick this up again.
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The Bariba Sound 1970-1976
Cat: AALP 071. Rel: 04 May 12
Bariba Soul - "Gandigui"
Bariba Soul - "Wegne Nda M Banda"
Pachanga Fon - "Me Ton Le Gbe"
Afro Beat Bariba - "Abakpe"
Pop Bariba - "Guessi-Guere-Guessi"
Folklore Dendi - "Sembe Sembe Boudou"
Afro Beat Bariba - "A Na Gan Garo Ka Nam"
Pachanga Dendi - "Bori Yo Se Mon Baani"
Folklore Dendi - "Aske"
Folklore Bariba - "Ko Guere"
Vodoun Hounwato Minon Dou Gbandja
Cavacha Dendi - "Abere Klouklou"
Afro Beat Dendi - "Dadon Gabou Yo Sa Be No 2"
Soul Dendi - "Hanoubian Gabou"
Boucher Dendi - "Binin Hounnin"
Cavacha Bariba - "Adiza Claire"
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Tezeta (LP + insert + MP3 download code)
Cat: ATFA 041LP. Rel: 04 Jun 21
Tezeta (4:30)
Endegena (5:00)
Zengadyw Derekou (3:40)
Gumegum (4:26)
Nefas New Zemedie (3:34)
Atmetalegnem Woi (3:38)
Mestirawi Debdabe (4:35)
Ou-Ou-Ta (3:21)
Aya Belew Belew (4:22)
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Mulatu Of Ethiopia (reissue)
Cat: STRUT 129LP. Rel: 19 May 17
Mulatu (5:02)
Mascaram Setaba (2:50)
Dewel (4:14)
Kulunmanqueleshi (2:14)
Kasalefkut hulu (2:29)
Munaye (3:35)
Chifara (7:03)
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Mam Yinne Wa
Cat: PH 33005. Rel: 07 Nov 19
Mam Yinne Wa (3:57)
Allema Timba (4:42)
Sandana Fom (4:36)
Zota Yinne (4:20)
Fom Se Mam (3:51)
Yu Ya Yumma (3:22)
Ma'algo (3:52)
La Ta'aba (4:45)
Sala An Songa (3:22)
Review: It's taken a while, but Philophon chief (and in-house producer) Max Weissenfeldt has finally managed to finish the album he started working on with Ghanaian Frafra-gospel singers Alogte Oho & His Sounds Of Joy. It's a set that has been promised for the best part of five years, so it's fantastic to see it finally materialize. Musically, it explores similar sonic territory to Oho's previous singles on Philophon (all of which featured music from Weissenfeldt), effortlessly joining the dots between traditional Ghanaian styles, local interpretations of funk and soul, dub-wise reggae rhythms and occasional nods towards contemporary electronic beats. The results are superb, making this a must have for those who love a bit of West African musical positivity.
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Basa Basa
Cat: PH 45014. Rel: 22 Mar 18
Basa Basa (4:08)
Sahara Akwantuo (3:46)
Review: Those with a deep knowledge of Berlin's Ghanaian ex-pat "burger-highlife" scene may already be familiar with Lee Dodou, a singer who recorded a number of classic singles and albums during the 1980s as part of bands Georg Darko and Kantata. He retired from music in 1991, but has been persuaded to return to action by the Philophon team. This comeback single is pretty impressive all told, with A-side "Basa Basa" - a triumphantly celebratory chunk of 1960s "concert party" highlife rich in punchy horn lines and Dodou's full-throated vocals - being joined on the flipside by the slower, synth-laden "Sahara Akwantou". Brilliantly, the label describes this as "kraut-life" due to its unique (and rather good) fusion of highlife and German kosmiche.
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Tags: African | Highlife
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Beja Power! Electric Soul & Brass From Sudan's Red Sea Coast
Beja Power! Electric Soul & Brass From Sudan's Red Sea Coast (180 gram vinyl LP + insert + MP3 download code)
Cat: OSTLP 012. Rel: 23 Jun 22
Saagama (3:55)
Qwal (6:19)
Al Amal (6:40)
Jabana (6:27)
Wondeeb (5:56)
Daleb (7:40)
Review: In a stroke of ingenuity Noori found a neck of a guitar whilst rummaging through a Port Sudan scrapyard along the Red Sea Coast in the 90s. Using their welding talents they fixed it onto a traditional four stringed tambour, creating what may be the only tambo-guitar hybrid in the world. Beja Power! Is a love letter to the Beja culture, inherently political and almost erased by the former Sudanese leader. This historically rich niche of Afro-Jazz is both nostalgic and mystical. Elements of surf rock, electric blues and psychedelia can be heard in these instrumental tracks, a 6-track capsule of a powerful identity nearly lost to the sands of time. Noori & His Dorpa Band's style is authentic and evocative and is a joyful proclamation and demonstration of the magic that is Beja sound and aesthetic.
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Tags: African | Afro Jazz
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Hailu Mergia & His Classical Instrument: Shemonmuanaye
Cat: ATFA 006LP. Rel: 02 Jul 13
Hari Meru Meru
Amrew Demkew
Anchin Alay Alegn
Hebo Lale
Belew Beduby
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A Life In The Limelight: Lagos Disco & Itsekiri Highlife 1976-1981
Cat: KALITALP 004. Rel: 31 May 19
Ere Yon (5:04)
Re Hese (4:11)
It's All For You (5:30)
Sogio (3:34)
Gossiper Scandal Monger (5:37)
Iyo-Re (3:47)
Elelemi (3:10)
Review: She may be best known as a TV and radio presenter, but Nigerian star Julie Coker also enjoyed a short but successful music career. She released two albums of note - highlife-focused 1976 debut "Ere Yon (Sweet Songs)" and 1981's more disco-centric "Tomorrow" - both of which now fetch eye-watering sums online. This fine retrospective showcases cuts from both of those sets, with the many highlights including the spacey, delay-laden highlife cheeriness of "Re Hese", the Clavinet-sporting disco-funk-goes-pop bounce of "It's All For You", the low-slung but rising, gospel influenced brilliance of "Gossiper Scandal Monger" and the heavily percussive, off-kilter goodness of album closer "Iyo-Re". You might also notice the intro of 'Ere Yon', which was recently sampled to great effect in Anderson .Paak's "Saviers Road"!
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Homecooking (reissue)
Cat: COMET 075LP. Rel: 07 Oct 16
Woman To Man (feat Ty) (4:48)
Kindness (5:21)
Every Season (feat Damon Albarn & Ty) (4:07)
Don't Fight (9:07)
Calling (feat Mary & Norman) (4:32)
Home Cooking (4:44)
Jakelewah (4:56)
Crazy Afrobeat (4:54)
What's Your Fashion (5:00)
Eparapo (7:13)
Review: On its' original release in 2002, Tony Allen's HomeCookin album was arguably a little overlooked. Like its' predecessor, 1999's Black Voices, the set updated the legendary drummer's Afrobeat sound for a new millennium. As this timely reissue proves, it was a particularly successful exercise. The album's genius lies in the Nigerian sticks-man's combination of traditional elements - most notably his loose, skittish polyrhythms, guitars and punchy horns - with elements of future-jazz, modern soul (see the brilliant Eska collaboration, "What's Your Fashion") and hip-hop. British rapper Ty excels himself on a number of killer cuts, though it's a more traditional Allen style dancefloor workout - the sublime "Crazy Afrobeat" - that really stands out.
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Tags: African | Afrobeat | Afro Funk
 in stock $27.85
Tomorrow (remastered)
Cat: LB 5034LP. Rel: 27 Nov 15
Tomorrow (6:04)
Why Go To War (9:03)
Love Me Now (6:50)
Fantastic Man (6:23)
Try & Try (3:32)
Review: A lesson in how to follow up an incredible album: Tomorrow followed Onyeabor's incendiary Atomic Bomb immaculately. The title track instantly set the scene with more emphasis on electronic elements and studio techniques as William sermonises without pomp. "Why Go To War" is as insistent as its message thanks to a dense lolloping groove of highlife guitars and spiralling keys. "Fantastic Man", meanwhile, takes a leaf out of Parliament's playbook, rolls it up and smokes its own and "Try & Try" closes the show with country subtlety thanks to its slide guitars and blushing keys.
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Tessassategn Eko
Tessassategn Eko (limited 7")
Cat: AFR 45016. Rel: 14 Jun 16
Bahta Gebre Hiwot - "Tessassategn Eko" (4:04)
Alemayehu Eshete - "Ayalqem Tedqem" (3:22)
Review: Afro 45's / Mr Bongo show no signs of stopping their tireless run of form and, 7" after 7", they just keep on producing the goods. There's yet more '70s goodness with this new little scorcher: the A-side is 1973's "Tessassategn Eko" by Bahta Gebre Hiwot, a pensive Ethiopian pop hit for all sorts of music fans to enjoy, but "Ayalqem Tedqem" by Alemayehu Eshete on the B-side is where it's at... just listen to that bass and you'll instantly recognize this wonderful little cover.
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Roforofo Fight (50th Anniversary Edition)
Roforofo Fight (50th Anniversary Edition) (limited translucent green & orange vinyl 2xLP with obi strip)
Cat: KFR 20068. Rel: 18 Aug 22
Roforofo Fight (15:41)
Go Slow (17:25)
Question Jam Answer (13:34)
Trouble Sleep Yanga Wake Am (12:03)
Shenshema (9:16)
Ariya (10:16)
Review: Nigerian Afrobeat composer, bandleader, and multi-instrumentalist Fela Kuti has a vast catalogue that dates back over half a century. Roforofo Fight is one of the many standouts and it was recorded in Lagos in 1972 on the Jofabro label with the legendary Tony Allen on drums as well as Christopher Uwaifor on tenor, Lekan Animashaun on baritone and many other key players alongside the main man. The lyrics convey Fela's frustration at intolerant and violent behaviour as told through the story of a street fight.
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Tags: African | Afrobeat
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De Bassari Togo
De Bassari Togo (limited gatefold heavyweight vinyl LP + MP3 download code)
Cat: AADE 010. Rel: 04 Dec 18
Haka Dunia (4:06)
Soo Soo Mungha (previously unreleased) (3:25)
Ekule Nugble Nu (previously unreleased) (1:48)
Shamarin Banza (4:10)
Honam (feat Thon Komla) (3:59)
Kissagui (feat Napo De Mi Amor) (4:17)
Review: Even by the consistently high standards of Analog Africa, this release is something special. It consists entirely of previously unheard music by Orchestre Abass, an obscure outfit from Togo who released a handful of singles on Polydor Ghana in the early 1970s. Remarkably, all bar one of the tracks on "De Bassari Togo" were found on a long forgotten reel of tape that had sat on a shelf in a Ghanaian warehouse for the best part of 35 years. That was ten years ago; it's taken that long to track down the remaining members of the band and license the material. In truth, the tracks have aged exceptionally well, with the band's infectious, organ-led sound adding distinct Arabic influences (a result of the band members' time spent studying in Islamic schools) to their heavy funk rhythms and riotous Afro-funk vibes.
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Tags: African | Afrobeat | Afro Funk
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Lala Belu
Cat: ATFA 028LP. Rel: 09 Mar 18
Tizita (9:59)
Addis Nat (4:30)
Gum Gum (6:39)
Anchi Hoye Lene
Lala Belu
Yefikir Engurguro (0:40)
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Al Zman Saib
Cat: HABIBI 002. Rel: 14 Jan 16
Sid Redad (3:02)
Laylat Al Jabda (5:13)
Maktoub Lah (6:42)
Tayeh (3:09)
La Tiq Tiq Latiq (3:51)
Al Zman Saib (3:53)
Kalam Al Nass (6:01)
Taarida (4:44)
 in stock $24.61
Tribute To Ndiouga Dieng
Tribute To Ndiouga Dieng (180 gram vinyl LP + booklet with obi-strip)
Cat: WCV 092. Rel: 31 Mar 17
Foulo (4:12)
Fayinkounko (5:06)
Natalia (3:17)
Magnokouto (4:54)
Mariama (4:33)
Woulinewa (5:03)
Sey (4:35)
Caravana (3:42)
Douga (4:20)
Alekouma (2:40)
 in stock $22.70
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