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Gyedu-Blay Ambolley and Zantoda Mark III
Control


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Fela Kuti
Expensive Shit

Nigerian police, seeking to frame Fela Kuti, tried to plant a joint of marijuana on him during a gathering at his home. Wise to their plan, he quickly swallowed the joint. However, the police threw him in jail to wait for the evidence to make its way through his system. With some wily plotting Fela escaped charges and subsequently produced this opus mocking the police for wasting resources on hassling him instead of furthering justice in Nigeria. Opening brass sounds give way to interplay between Fela’s narration about the episode and responses from his group of female singers.
  • Vinyl LP (KFR2015-1)
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Yukihiro Takahashi
Saravah!

Just before he properly got going with Japanese electronic innovators Yellow Magic Orchestra in 1978, Yukihiro Takahashi, released a solo album, Saravah! It is an album central to Japanese music of the ‘70s. It is a mix of disco Funk, synth Pop, ambient, French exotica and bossa nova, and as you can probably tell from the album cover, it’s pretty slick.

Mack Porter
Peace On You

Originally released in 1972 under the name of ‘Mack Sigis Porter’, Peace On You is a long-lost masterpiece of an album by Ghanaian-born maestro Mack Porter. Brimming over with psychedelic and progressive-rock influences, this double-LP finally gets a re-issue from Tidal Waves Music that should deservedly raise its profile. 
  • Vinyl LP (TWM34)
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  • Limited edition
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Leonardo Marques
Early Bird

A highlight of the contemporary Brazilian music scene, Early Bird is an exceptional album by musician Leonardo Marques, a former member of underground acts like Diesel, Udora and Transmissor. The record contains elements of easy listening pop, indie folk, Sixties psychedelia and flavours of the Brazilian Clube da Esquina scene. 
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Lord Echo
Curiosities

Lord Echo is the alter ego of brilliantly named New Zealand producer Mike Fabs, a multi-instrumentalist known for blending 60's inspired songwriting with modern day dancefloor production. Curiosities was his second album from 2013 and combines myriad influences such as dub, funk and afro beat in a soulful, eclectic collection that aimed Fabs music purely towards the clubs in contrast to his earlier more laid back work. First time on 2LP vinyl for all you audiophiles out there. 
  • Vinyl Double LP (SNDWLP133)
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Taciana
Tudo Faz Sentido (Brasingles Vol.4)

Selva Discos head back to the 90’s for the latest drop in their Brasingles series. Gang 90 e as Absurdettes singer Taciana originally issued ‘Tudo Faz Sentido’ through !K7 back in 1995, and the track’s melting-pot club sound firmly timestamps it when heard today. This is a sleek mix of dub, deep house, samba and that sort of ‘Beautiful Stranger’-type chord progression that was happening in a lot of pop music back then. Original producer Suba serves up a psychedelic, slightly Balearic extended mix here too.

Rim Kwaku Obeng
Rim Arrives

BBE release 'Rim Arrives' previously only available as a rare as hell private press. A collection of grooves from the disco era, this is going to go down a storm with the global disco hunters out there. Includes the 'Rim Arrives' album on one disc and the 'International Funk' 12" on the second disc. Includes download code.
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Alexis Zoumbas
A Lament From Epirus 1926-1928

Alexis Zoumbas was a Greek folk-violinist who knocked about in the early 20th Century. Back in 2014 the Angry Mom Archives label got together A Lament From Epirus 1926-1928, a collection of expressive and mournful fiddle pieces to stir the soul. Having sold out pretty damn quickly on first release, Third Man have now decided to snap up the collection for a new pressing. Their edition of A Lament From Epirus 1926-1928 comes with a bonus 7” that features two tracks not included on the 2014 version. If you like the work of Death Is Not The End then this one’ll do you nicely.
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Various
Congo Revolution – Revolutionary and Evolutionary Sounds from the Two Congos 1955-62

With political revolution etched into the soul of this heavyweight vinyl, 'Congo Revolution...' focusses on the eruption of music that occurred in the run up to independence in 1960. Just as mouthwatering is the 50-page booklet included, which contextualises the interwoven nature of the social and musical zeitgeist during this time.
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

BaBa ZuLa
Derin Derin

A swirling cauldron of krautrock, dub and psychedelia, Derin Derin is the successor to BaBa ZuLa’s acclaimed retrospective XX. The Istanbul-based collective, led by founder Osman Murat Ertel, has always made politically switched-on music influenced by the state of the world, and Derin Derin is no different. 

Kokoroko
Kokoroko

Kokoroko are part of London's current jazz scene as documented on the We Out Here compilation. Their self-titled EP, also on Brownswood Recording, captures the band as it effortlessly blends jazz with afrobeat and soul to create something utterly vibrant. They are lead by Sheila Maurice-Grey and her wonderful trumpet playing. 
  • Vinyl 12" (BWOOD199)
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Tinariwen
Amadjar

Malian group Tinariwen recorded their ninth studio album in the Mauritanian desert under a sea of stars during a recording session that lasted a little over two weeks. Nature’s influence shines through the recording, producing a record that showcases Tinariwen at their most authentic and comfortable.
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Rupa
Disco Jazz

What a treat: a long overdue reissue of Rupa’s album Disco Jazz, a remarkable and very rare item originally from 1982. This album is a little Disco and a little Jazz, but all refracted through a mixture traditional Indian and synthesised instrumentation. Hard to explain but easy to love, this is a very welcome remastered reissue from Numero Group.
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Ozo
Anambra

Anambra is a vintage classic from Ozo, a group who played soulful dub music with a healthy infusion of spiritualism and African percussion. This tune incorporates a Buddhist Sanskrit mantra, making Anambra feel more ritualistic than even the average Ozo cut. This reissue presents both the edited and the extended 12” mixes, as well as an alternate version. On Isle Of Jura.
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Harry Mosco
Peace & Harmony

Excellent reissue from Isle Of Jura here. The late Harry Mosco was singer of The Funkees, perhaps the definitive funk and boogie group of 1970’s Lagos (no mean feat!). His 1979 solo LP Peace & Harmony leans more heavily into the NYC disco style that had started to permeate Nigeria’s music scene at the time. It’s a great move - Peace & Harmony is an album full prime-time club killers.
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Various
Outro Tempo II: Electronic and Contemporary Music From Brazil, 1984-1996

Another lovely compilation from Music From Memory featuring twenty tracks. On Outro Tempo II compiler John Gómez has the unenviable task of creating a legible picture of what Brazil's electronic underground was up to between 1984-1996. The result is magnificent, offering a view as nuanced and diverse as the country deserves. Featuring deep cuts from; May East, Dequinha E Zaba, Oharaska, Fausto Fawcett, R. H. Jackson, Edson Natale, Akira S, Low Key Hackers, Chance, Jorge Degas & Marcelo Salazar, Priscilla Ermel, Voluntários Da Pátria, Angel’s Breath, Fausto Fawcett and many more...
  • Vinyl Double LP (MFM 041)
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Various
Body Beat: Soca-Dub And Electronic Calypso (1979-98)

Expertly curated by Soundway Records founder Miles Cleret and DJ/collector Jeremy Spellacey, Body Beat is a 17-track, triple-vinyl whistle-stop story of the evolution of soca, from its emergence at the end of the Seventies to its wider recognition as a genre unto itself in the early Nineties. Features Peter Britto’s 1998 banger ‘I Want Your Love’ as its trailing single. 
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Songhoy Blues
Meet Me In The City EP

New short order EP from Mali's Songhoy Blues which features new mixes of previously released tracks. Time To Go Home (a Will Oldham tune no less) is one of two Blake Mills mixes whilst David Ferguson (not York City's flying wing back of the same name) takes on a a couple more tracks. In addition to this there's a take on Fela Kuti's Shakara featuring Fela's son Femi. 
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Various
Alefa Madagascar - Salegy, Soukous & Soul 1974 - 1984

Throughout the recent glut of reissues and compilations that have focussed on African music from the 70’s and 80’s the country of Madagascar has been strangely absent. Strut Records finally set that right with Alefa Madagascar, a deluxe set that focuses on the salegy, soukous and soul sounds of the island nation. With radio bringing music from neighbouring nations like South Africa and Kenya, and the Discomad label championing the best local talent, the result was a musical style that has the propulsive grooves of other sub-Saharan pop styles while also adding in curious rhythmic and textural flourishes.
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Various
Return To The Mothers' Garden (More Funky Sounds Of Female Africa 1971 - 1982)

On International Women’s Day 2018 the Africa Seven label dropped Mothers’ Garden, a collection of tracks by female artists from the continent of Africa. Follow-up Return To The Mothers’ Garden: More Funky Sounds Of Female Africa 1971 - 1982 repeats the trick, presenting ten essential tunes from the likes of Christy Essien and Miriam Makeba. Check Oby Onyioha’s ‘Enjoy Your Life’, a Nigerian disco delight that has long been a favourite among crate-diggers.
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Daymé Arocena
Sonocardiogram

Daymé Arocena is a singer from Cuba. Her eponymous album lays down rumba rhythms which are then sprinkled with jazz. She is backed by a crack team of fellow Cuban musicians. She is influenced by legends of Cuban music such as La Lupe and Tito Puente. Recently she has collaborated with Dexter Story and Roberto Fonseca. Apparently, her live show is quite the thing to behold, so perhaps try and catch her in town sometime.
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Various
Esa Presents Amandla: Music To The People

Producer and DJ Esa turns curator for this new Soundway Records compilation. On Amandla: Music For The People the artist selects music from around the world that builds up a composite picture of his wide-ranging influences. This policy makes for a varied LP - Kwaito house tracks from Esa’s native South Africa sit side-by-side with French Antillean zouk tunes. Esa gets his hands in the mix too, coming through with an extended edit of the Ze Spirits Band’s ‘Tucheza’.
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Abdallah Ag Oumbadougou
Anou Malane

You might not know Abdallah Ag Oumbadougou by name, but he is a hugely important figure in modern music. You see, Oumbadougou was one of the first Tuareg guitarists to set his music to record. Taped when Oumbadougou was exiled in Benin in 1995, Anou Malane combines the trilling desert blues guitar style with Oumbadougou’s sonorous vocals and call-to-arms lyrics. The record was produced by Nel Oliver, a solo artist and producer who gives a lively afro-boogie bounce to the drums and bass here. A crucial record, Anou Malane has now been reissued by - who else? - Sahel Sounds.
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Sidiku Buari
Feelings / Sidiku Buari And His Jam Busters

A beautifully packaged re-issue of two unbelievably rare Afro-disco records from Sidiku Buari and his backing band, courtesy of BBE Africa. Originally released via the oft-collected Precious Records in the late Seventies, Feelings and Sidiku Buari & His Jambusters both represent a unique take on the lush, detailed Studio 54 productions coming out of New York at the height of disco. 
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Ebo Taylor Jnr with Wuta Wazutu
Gotta Take It Cool

Yes, Ebo Taylor Jnr. is indeed the son of the legendary Ghanaian bandleader/guitarist/singer Ebo Taylor. Seems like talent runs in the family - the 1978 LP Gotta Take It Cool finds Junior team up with Wuta Wazutu for a set of highlife and Afrobeat tunes that would make his father proud. Original copies of Gotta Take It Cool are extremely difficult to track down these days, so it’s a good thing Mr. Bongo have got this reissue together.

Sachiko Kanenobu
Misora

Produced by Yellow Magic Orchestra’s Haruomi Hosono and originally released in 1972, Misora is the much-admired debut album from Sachiko Kanenobu, often acknowledged as Japan’s first female solo singer-songwriter. The record itself is one of the finest artefacts from the country’s folk scene, and is given a deluxe LP and CD re-issue on Light In The Attic, featuring extensive liner notes. 

Rodriguez
Cold Fact

We all know the story by now. American singer-songwriter Rodriguez releases his debut LP in 1970 to little fanfare and modest sales. Meanwhile somehow the record gets picked up by music lovers in South Africa and the record goes platinum. The story is covered in life affirming detail in the Searching for the Sugarman film but if you don't have it already, you'll need this re-issue of his classic first album - full of warm sunshine vibes like a Bob Dylan on prozac. 

Rodriguez
Coming From Reality

The story of American singer-songwriter Rodriguez has been much covered over the years particularly in the Searching for the Sugarman film. His debut Cold Fact is a stone cold (fact) classic but less is known about his second (and final album to date) Coming From Reality. It again pitches Rodriquez with Dennis Coffey and features further stream of consciousness type songs that reference Bob Dylan but has a sound all of its own. 

Manu Chao
Clandestino / Bloody Border

The reason that Manu Chao is now the poster-boy for ‘world music’ (we’ll not delve into the politics of that particular term here) is largely due to the success of his debut LP Clandestino. This record has sold a bajillion copies since its release in 1998 and continues to be beloved for its poppy mix of Latin guitar styles, reggae, multilingual lyrics and vaguely revolutionary invective. Personally this Norman Records™ writer is most grateful for this record because it paved the way for Robbie Williams’s truly mind-boggling cover of ‘Bongo Bong’ about a decade later. This new edition of Clandestino has been remastered and contains a trio of new songs - one of which is an updated version of the title-track.
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Mammane Sani et Son Orgue
La Musique Électronique du Niger

The wonderful and excellent Sahel Sounds reissue La Musique Électronique du Niger, a 1981 set from Nigerien artist Mammane Sani. These tracks, laid down in a quickfire session on Niger National Radio’s rickety old organ, have become a crucial part in the country’s musical story by the broadcaster subsequently using them as theme music for their shows. Now remastered from the original tapes, these droning compositions make a lot of sense alongside Sahel Sounds’ recent Hama album.
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Mariana Ingold
Cara A Cara

Cara A Cara is a collection of songs by Uruguayan musician, Mariana Ingold. The dawn of the ‘80s saw artists fuse Uruguay’s traditional Candombe music with synths. Ingold was an influential figure on the scene. This collection cherry picks from her albums Todo Depende, Cambio de Clima, and Hace Calor, which were recorded between 1986 and 1991. 
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Kalbata ft. Tigris
Vanrock

Vanrock is a collaboration between Fortuna head honcho Kalbata with the five piece Afrodelic band Tigris. The result is six percussion-led tracks which distil the latter's Caribbean and African influences with the more techno and balearic sounds of the former. A fascinating meeting of minds and blending of genres which puts disparate influences together for something rather transcendental. Rock it in a van or any other vessel of your choosing.    
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Atomic Forest
Disco Roar

A newly exhumed gem from the only-recently re-discovered Indian underground / psychedelic scene of the 1970s, Disco Roar is the third album from the collective Atomic Forest. It comes on Now-Again records, who’ve made it their mission to tell the story of the band itself and the scene of which they were a part on 2011 anthology Obsession, but even they weren’t aware of this hidden treasure at the time. 

Ofege
Higher Plane Breeze

Ofege are a psychedelic funk rock band from Lagos, Nigeria. They came together as teenagers in the early ‘70s and in between their studies, made a few records. They were inspired by Santana, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page and African bands such as BLO, The Funkees and Ofo The Black Company. Higher Plane Breeze was their third album, originally released in 1977, and is definitely a jewel in their oeuvre.
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Fernando Falcao
Barracas Barrocas

Fernando Falcão’s Barracas Barrocas was originally issued on a small run by the cult Carmo imprint back in 1987. The Brazilian artist Falcão was a highly original voice, a composer who blended bossa nova with string work reminiscent of György Ligeti, challenging free jazz, field recordings and library-style big band composition. Barracas Barrocas is an LP that represents his potent style fantastically, and as such it’s more than deserving of this new edition from Selva Discos.
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Various
Pacific Breeze: Japanese City Pop, AOR & Boogie 1976-1986

Light In The Attic’s fascination with Japan continues with Pacific Breeze, a compilation that celebrates one of the country’s most fertile musical epochs. Japanese City Pop, AOR & Boogie 1976-1986 presents some of the best and artists from the period - Haruomi Hosono, Taeko Ohnuki and Minako Yoshida all feature. Andy Cabic (aka Vetiver), Zach Cowie and Mark “Frosty” McNeill (dublab) have done a fine job of curating Pacific Breeze.
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Bibi Ahmed
Adghah

Tuareg guitarist Bibi Ahmed studied under the desert blues master Abdallah ag Oumbadougou, so it’s really not surprising when you find out that he’s sh*t-hot on the six-string. Having cut his teeth in his band Group Inerane, on his debut LP Adghah we find the Nigerien playing all the instruments and singing. He has a beautiful clear voice that works well with his widescreen, really rather tender playing. Adghah is worth a cop if you’re into Mdou Moctar.
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Frode Haltli
Border Woods

Border Woods is the second record by Swedish accordion player and composer Frode Haltli. It contains folk inspired compositions balancing the old wheezebox itself with nyckelharpa which is a kind of keyed fiddle popular in Sweden. This latest album strips back the sound of the larger ensemble compositions of last years Avant Folk album to create a varied album of nordic jams and improvisation.

Tony Allen & Jeff Mills
Tomorrow Comes The Harvest

Coming at us via jazz colossus Blue Note is this interesting thing: a 4-track 10" from Tony Allen & Jeff Mills which they've called "Tomorrow Comes The Harvest". So that's Allen the legendary jazz drummer and Afrobeatist making sweet rhythmic music with Mills the Detroit Techno Titan. Two futurists with some serious chops that accompany their intimidating CVs combine on this record to bring us a rhythmical conversation. Nice.
  • Vinyl 10" (6778630)
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  • Limited edition
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Fernando Falcao
Memoria das Aguas

Memoria das aguas by Fernando Falcao is a glistening, genre-blending album, combining latin, jazz, ambient, afro, experimental and french pop. It was recorded in Paris in 1979, but not released until two years later in Brazil. Even 40 years later it sounds unlike anything else. It’s out there on it’s own.  A good excuse to add it to your collection.
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Nahawa Doumbia
La Grande Cantatrice Malienne, Vol. 1

Although Nahawa Doumbia is traditionally associated with Wassoulou, a variant of dance music, her first album comprised songs recorded with just her voice and an acoustic guitar. Expect an intimate, sparse album that showcases Doumbia's voice at its rawest. It's the first time 'La Grande Cantatrice Malienne, Vol. 1' is available internationally so get it while it's hot!
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Gökçen Kaynatan
Cehennem

One of the most important figures in the modern history of Turkish popular music, Gökçen Kaynatan is largely responsible for anything made with synthesisers in the country. Cehennem is a collection of much-speculated upon and mainly previously unheard EMS Synthi AKS recordings, some of which date back to his earliest days and one of which was finished during recovery from brain surgery. 
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Les Choc Stars du Zaire / Teknokrat's
Nakombe Nga / What Did She Say

A Rush Hour reissue of a track by the superbly-named Les Choc Stars Du Zaire and Ben Nyambo here. 1989’s ‘Nakombe Nga’ is an ebullient fusion of Congolese Soukous with elements of disco and house. Fans of Tabu Ley Rochereau and Papa Wemba step this way. The Teknokrat's tune on the flip finds the same instrumental given a New Beat twist. Excellent release.
  • Vinyl 12" (RH RSS 25)
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Chico Mann
Magical Thinking


  • Vinyl Double LP (SNDWLP051)
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Ze Roberto
Lotus 72 D

And there’s this Norman Records™ keyboard cat thinking that the Zé Roberto we were dealing with was the former Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Brazil footballer. More fool me. Anyway, the Z-Rob in question is another Brazilian who made one LP and a few singles in the 70’s. 1973’s ‘Lotus 72 D’, a tribute to champion Formula 1 driver Emerson Fittipaldi, is a strutting samba-funk number that has been subject to renewed interest since its inclusion on the 2001 compilation Via Brazil. On that album it was pitched up in what became known as the ‘Fast Version’, something Mr. Bongo have included on this 7” alongside the original.
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Nadah El Shazly
Ahwar

Nadah El Shazly is an exciting new producer from Egypt’s underground scene, and Ahwar is her excellent debut album, recorded between Canda and Egypt. Collaborators including Sam Shalabi and Maurice Louca helped Nadah to get her vision of semi-improvisatory avant-jazz Arabic songcraft down on tape. Ahwar really sounds like little else.
  • Vinyl LP (NAWA007LPX)
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Islandman
Kaybola

Islandman, a three-piece from Turkey, have managed to turn their experiences of travelling the world into their second album 'Kaybola'. Across its length they squeeze in Japanese, Bulgarian, Tuvaluan influences, all while maintaining a distinctly Turkish sound. The sum is a worldly record of experimental jazz-inflected electronics.
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Ziad Rahbani
Abu Ali

A 12” re-issue of a rare and highly collectable album by Lebanese producer and pianist Ziad Rahbani from 1978. A skilled musician from a young age and a noted activist, Rahbani recorded this two-track suite at a studio in Athens for a limited run in his home country, but it eventually garnered something of a cult following, with original copies selling for triple figures. 

Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band
Obiaa!

Meaning ‘Everybody!’ in Ghanaian, Obiaa! is the sophomore album from Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band. Arriving four years after their energising debut, the double-LP promises an insight into the country’s musical soul, led by the brilliant 72 year old singer Pat Thomas, known as the ‘Golden Voice of Africa’. 
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Tony Allen / Ricardo Villalobos
Dekmantel 10 Years 10.1

Wrapping up a ten-EP series in celebration of as many years active, the Dutch imprint Dekmantel commissions from minimal techno heavyweight Ricardo Villalobos a whopping half-hour remix of Tony Allen’s 1999 tune ‘Asiko (In A Silent Mix)’. Villalobos weaves new effects and synthetic materials into the warm timbres of the original drums, brass and vocals, but keeps it tastefully balanced and highly groovy.
  • Vinyl 12" (DKMNTL-10YEARS10.1)
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Jay U Xperience
Abuja

Nigerian producer Jay U Xperience made Ancestral Call in 1993, and in 2019 the Left Ear Records label rediscovered this somewhat lost album and cherry-picked its four finest cuts. Abuja, which is the first vinyl outing for any of this material, uses classic nineties Roland technology to bring African rhythms into a whole new context.
  • Vinyl 12" (LER 1019)
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Betsayda Machado y la Parranda El Clavo
Loé Loá - Rural Recordings Under The Mango Tree

Loé Loá - Rural Recordings Under The Mango Tree was originally released in 2017. The title is meant to be taken literally - Betsayda Machado recorded this LP out in the open air of her hometown of El Clavo, Venezuela. The ‘Parranda’ of her backing band translates as ‘party’, and there’s certainly a spirit of movement and rhythm to these bustling drum instrumentals (a legacy, perhaps, of El Clavo's African heritage). However, there is also pain and worry to Loé Loá borne out of Venezuela’s difficult political situation. A powerful piece, Loé Loá is now set to wax for the first time courtesy of Olindo Records.
  • Vinyl LP (ORLP003)
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  • Limited edition
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Various
Kalmykian Archaic and Soviet Folk

Ored Recordings are a fine label who chronicle the traditional musics of Russia, the Caucasus and the surrounding regions. Back in 2015 they released 'Kalmykian Archaic and Soviet Folk', a collection of songs by the pair of Tatiana Dordzhieva and Maria Beltsykova. This elderly duo are Kalmyks, a group of Oirats (ethnic Western Mongols) who now live in Russia, and their songs reflect the turbulent history of their people. Deportation to Siberia in the 1940’s, Buddhist songs, wedding music and 19th Century wartime ballads all feature on 'Kalmykian Archaic and Soviet Folk'. Now given a new edition courtesy of Sub Rosa, this is a fascinating collection.

Om Kalsoum
Alf Leila Wa Leila

Oum Kalthoum - ‘The Rose of the Nile’, ‘The 4th Pyramid of Egypt’ and without doubt one of the country’s defining musicians - recorded Alf Leila Wa Leila towards the end of her career. The 1969 LP featured some of Cairo’s finest musical talent of the age, with organist Hany Mehanna, guitarist Omar Khorshid and composer Baligh Hamdy all putting in a shift. The resulting record is a proud piece of early Egyptian pop, full of weeping strings and tear-stained vocals. Alf Leila Wa Leila is now reissued by new imprint Souma Records.
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Abdou El Omari
Nuits D' Ete

Back in the mid-70’s the Moroccan organist and composer Abdou El Omari embarked on his Nuits LP trilogy. Only one of the albums ever made it public - 1976’s Nuits D'Été - but now the Radio Martiko imprint have snapped up all three records for new editions. Listening to Nuits D'Été it’s hard to understand why the public didn’t want more from this charismatic Casablancan. El Omari’s blending of Farfisa melodies and electro-psychedelic wizardry with traditional rhythms and modes remains enthralling to this day.

Abdou El Omari
Nuits D' Ete Avec Naima Samih

Radio Martiko kicked things off with a reissue of Moroccan organ-composer Abdou El Omari’s 1976 LP Nuits D' Ete. With their second release they’re going one better - Nuits D' Ete Avec Naima Samih, a previously-unreleased collection of El Omari stuff. Some of this LP was made alongside the singer Naima Samih. Psychedelic north African Farfisa magic.

Abdou El Omari
Nuits De Printemps

They love an organist down at Radio Martiko. The label’s latest album is Abdou El Omari’s Nuits De Printemps, a previously-unreleased collection from this late Moroccan keysman. We’re not certain when the tracks of Nuits De Printemps were recorded - judging by the cover artwork we’re guessing around the same time as El Omari’s 1976 debut LP Nuits D´Été, but don’t quote us on that. However, one thing that’s for sure is that Nuits De Printemps is a unique blend of psychedelic flourishes, ARP synth goodness and Farfisa showmanship in the Moroccan style.

Hany Mehanna
The Miracles Of The Seven Dances

In recent times there have been plenty of compilations and reissues that have focussed on the musics of north-east Africa. Somalia, Sudan and particularly Ethiopia have all been in the spotlight, but throughout this run Egypt has remained slightly overlooked. What a treat, then, for Radio Martiko to press up a new edition of this 1973 LP by the ‘organ king of Cairo’ Hany Mehanna. The Miracles Of The Seven Dances is a highly inventive belly dance record that combines traditional sounds and rhythms with then-modern flavours - Mariachi trumpets, psychedelic electric guitar and (of course) beguiling organ.

Michael O'Shea
Michael O'Shea

Few artists out there with a story as fascinating as Michael O’Shea, a street musician who due to finances had to construct his own instrument. O’Shea had travelled around the world and owned instruments such as the sitar or zelochord but had to sell them to fund his lifestyle. The resulting instrument - build from things such as an old door and chopsticks - created a profoundly DIY - in the true sense - take on minimalism and traditional forms of Asian and North African music. Originally issued in 1982 on Wire/Dome fellows Bruce Gilbert and Graham Lewis' Dome Records.

Mdou Moctar
Blue Stage Sessions

Live album by Tuareg guitarist Mdou Moctar recorded live at Third Man Records' Cass Corridor space. Moctar is a virtuoso on the guitar and you can feel utter adoration of the Detroit crowd as they lay witness to his Blue Stage Sessions. For this performance he was accompanied by band mates Ahmoudou Madassane and Mahmoud Ahmed Jabra on guitar and drums. 
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Minyo Crusaders
Echoes of Japan

Minyo Crusaders are a big band of Tokyo music veterans, dedicated to reimagining traditional Japanese folk songs via the folk traditions of other countries. So on their debut Echoes of Japan, we are treated to ancient min'yō songs infused with the rhythms and sounds of Cumbia, Afro-funk, Bolero, Boogaloo and much more, all played with great skill, love and wit. On Mais Um Discos.
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Marcos Valle
Previsão Do Tempo

Previsão Do Tempo by Brazilian musical polymath Marcos Valle was originally released in 1973, his tenth album, ten years into his career. Valle liked to try different styles of music and here he concentrates on jazz fusion and funk with Brazilian jazz-funk trio Azymuth as his backing band. The album even includes an early version of beatboxing, before it was even a thing as Valle replicated a drum kit with his voice. Reissue LP on Light In The Attic.
  • Vinyl LP (LITA093LP)
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  • Last copy
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Attarazat Addahabia & Faradjallah
Al Hadaoui

The Habibi Funk imprint presents another beautiful curio, this time from the Moroccan city of Casablanca. Al Hadaoui is a seven-track album by three-generation band Attarazat Addahabia & Faradjallah and blends Western rock and funk influences with gnawa music, a distinctively Moroccan variant of Islamic spiritual and religious music. 
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Various
There Where the Avalanche Stops

Held over the course of one week every five years, the Festivali Folkloric Kombelar is held in a mountain castle in Gjirokastra in southern Albania, and plays host to some of the most interesting and talented folk musicians. There Where The Avalanche Stops collects 15 tracks from the 1988 edition of the festival. 

Various
Cambodian Nuggets

Documenting an amazingly rich music scene before the ascent of the brutal Khmer Rouge regime in 1975, Cambodian Nuggets collects a dozen incredible cuts to have emerged from the South-East Asian state, spanning French and Latin influences and styles ranging from surf-rock and psychedelia to melodic soul. 

A.R. Rahman
The Essential A.R. Rahman

A.R. Rahman is an absolute colossus of Indian music, responsible for stacks of movie scores (both for Bollywood films and in the West) and hundreds of millions of record sales. The Essential A.R. Rahman provides an excellent service by diving into the composer's vast catalogue, coming up with nineteen excellent tracks. Double LP release from We Are Vinyl.
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Akiko Yano
Iroha Ni Konpeitou

Hailing from the heady days of 1977, its Akiko Yano’s brilliant album Iroha Ni Konpeitou, boosted to a wider audience through WEWANTSOUNDS quality reissue job. With sessions in (and musicians from) both Tokyo and New York, Yano was able to create a fabulously funky kind of pop beauty. Features Haruomi Hosono and David Spinozza!

Africa Express
EGOLI

The Damon Albarn-conceived Africa Express organisation returns for its fifth major project. Recorded in just one week during a jaunt to South Africa at the start of 2018, EGOLI sees Albarn, Gruff Rhys and Nick Zinner join forces with the cream of young South Africa musical talent (including BCUC, Blk Jks and over a dozen others) plus the country’s guitar legend Phuzekhemisi. 
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Omar Khorshid
Tribute To Oum Kalthoum

Oum Kalthoum is arguably the most important Egyptian musicians ever. Her vocals are authoritative and unique, particularly in its depth and resonance. On Tribute to Oum Kalthoum, Omar Khorshid, the Egyptian guitarist and pianist, celebrates the life of this musical titan. First released in 1989 and reissued on Right Track Records.
  • Vinyl LP (LPGVDLRT-018)
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  • Last copy
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Airto
Samba De Flora

Airto is one of the most revered Brazilian percussionists having worked with everyone up to and including Miles Davis. Samba De Flora is his 1988 album that fuses Brazilian samba and bossa nova with jazz. Despite being incredibly well regarded it had been out of print until Soul Jazz Records intervened.

Sisso
Mateso

Sisso is a crucial figure in Tanzania’s Singeli scene, the sound that has come to be associated with the brilliant Nyege Nyege Tapes label. Mateso, a eight-track LP that compiles music made by Sisso in the last three years, will come to stand alongside 2017’s Sounds Of Sisso as one of the genre’s primary tomes. Hyperspeed dance music of the highest order.
  • Vinyl LP (NNT012)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition

Ali Farka Touré
Savane

Legendary Malian musician and singer Ali Farka Touré is one of the African continent’s proudest proudest cultural exports, scooping three Grammys. Savane was originally released in July 2006, four months after his death at the age of 66, and stands as his final work. 13 years later, it receives its first-ever vinyl release. 
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Various
Brutal Africa – The Heavy Metal Cowboys of Botswana

An incredible document of rock music in the southern African state of Botswana, Brutal Africa captures some of the country’s tiny but vibrant scene. These 11 songs, from pioneering grandfathers of the scene like Metal Orizon, were captured during the filming of the 2018 documentary ‘Freedom In The Dark’ over a three year period. 

KOKOKO!
Fongola

KOKOKO! not to be confused with the similarly stylised KOKOROKO is the Kinshasa based group formed of not just musicians, but dancers and most intriguingly, inventors. Fongola is energetic, percussive, and can write a catchy hook, the sort of band who are almost certainly fun live. on Transgressive. 

Edson Conceicao
Filhos de Gandhi (Brasingles Vol. 3)

Another fine ‘Brasingle’, dug up the more obscure corners of Brazilian music history to surprise and delight us all. Vol. 3 is Edson Conceicao’s Filhos de Gandhi from 1977, and it's a lovely piece of groove. On the B-side is a reworking by Mike Burns, which adds uptempo drums for maximum carnivalistic feel. 12”, cut nice and loud for the DJs.
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Kingsley Bucknor
Just U and Me

Kingsley Bucknor started out playing with Fela Kuti in his native Nigeria, before recording this self-released electrofunk album in London in 1985. It’s quite a bit different from African Woman, his recently reissued, Lagos-recorded 1979 LP, but there’s still a discernible Afrobeat flavour atop the Zapp-influenced, vocoder-drenched grooves. A particular highlight is Don't Give Up Ya Luv, which highlights his sloppy DIY eccentricities while being funky and smooth where it counts.
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Various
Panama! 3 (Calypso Panameno, Guajira Jazz & Cumbia Tipica On the Isthmus 1960-75)

Panama! 3 (Calypso Panameno, Guajira Jazz & Cumbia tipica On The Isthmus 1960-75) carries on with the super work done by earlier compilations in the series, circulating some of this beautifully rich music beyond its region. The heady blend of cultures on the isthmus is borne out in the variety of sounds and styles mingling in the music. On Soundway.
  • Vinyl Double LP (SNDWLP018)
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  • Last copy
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Nakara Percussions
Nakara Percussions

A rare and obscure treat here from Nakara Percussions, a French trio with a live of percussion instruments from all around the world. They’ve got em all, from tablas to Maghreb drums to thumb pianos, and they know how to use them. Private pressed in 1984, this record is not easy to find, but it is easy to love. Reissued by Komos Records.
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Ariwo
Quasi

The sophomore LP from Ariwo arrives on Manana Records. Though the core Ariwo unit are based in London, Quasi is a globalised affair - the band claim Cuban, Iranian and Canadian heritage. Their screwball, jazz-inflected electronics has a similarly wide-ranging feel to it. Moses Boyd and Emma Jean Thackray come to mind. Quasi features guest appearances from Joe-Armon Jones, Binker Golding and more.
  • Vinyl Double LP (MANANA6LP)
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  • Last copy

Rob
Hell Fire

Tambourine Party presents a reissue of Hellfire by singular Ghanaian discosmith Rob “Roy” Raindorf, an album sidelined in its time due to waning local interest in Afrobeat. As we all inch closer to humanity’s demise, the album’s apocalyptic themes seem as appropriate today as ever before. Fortunately, with Rob’s funk and reggae stylings the end of the world never seemed so groovy.
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Mabuta
Welcome To This World

Neo-jazz ensemble Mabuta group drop an eight-track LP. Despite its creators hailing from South Africa, Welcome To This World is very much of the new global school that takes in NYC’s Onyx Collective and London artists like Moses Boyd and Joe Armon-Jones. One thing that distinguishes this record is a distinct Afrofuturist bent that aligns Mabuta with the likes of Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids. As he has been decreed to do on every other record released in 2018, Shabaka Hutchings toots his horn a few times.
  • Vinyl Double LP (AFS041)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy

Kefaya + Elaha Soroor
Songs Of Our Mothers

Elaha Soroo is an Afghan singer and activist who arrived in London as a political refugee. There she connected with Kefaya, a musical collective and together they made Songs Of Our Mothers. An astonishing album that takes traditional Afghan women's folk songs and fills them out with thrilling, psychedelic arrangements. 
  • Vinyl LP (BELLA950V)
  • Preorder now (ships on release)
  • Coloured vinyl
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Various
Even A Tree Can Shed Tears: Japanese Folk & Rock 1969-1973

This Light In The Attic compilation looks rather fantastic, historicising folk music from the tail-end of 1960s Japan. Cited as a period of growing political and cultural action amongst the country's younger demographic, Even A Tree Can Shed Tears arguably acts as a retrospective to music that was at its time unprecedented, with these artists seeking their own, particular sound through folk music.

Nkono Teles
Party Beats

Throughout the 80’s the late Nkono Teles was one of West Africa’s most prolific producers, providing countless artists with a slick, funky reinterpretation of Afro-disco for the new decade. He occasionally made music of his own too, releasing three solo LPs during his lifetime. Teles plays all of the instruments on Party Beats to create a set of sophisticated tunes befitting of the album’s title. Now Party Beats has been reissued through BBE Africa.
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Fairuz
Wahdon

WEWANTSOUNDS with another brilliant reissue. Wahdon saw the legendary Lebanese musician Fairuz working with her son after the untimely passing of her husband. The result is an album that has one foot in the traditional, and one in the contemporary. Swooning arabic strings find themselves next to disco beats, all held together by the will and talent of Fairuz.

Amnon Raviv
Mirror

An experimental record from Israel that’s become something of a Holy Grail for collectors, Mirror by sound artist Amnon Raviv was restricted to just 50 handmade copies when released back in 1983. This wider re-issue of 500 numbered vinyl copies will expand that circle of very lucky individuals! 

Jose Prates / Miecio Askanasy
Tam... Tam... Tam...

Prior to this vinyl LP reissue, Jose Prates and Miecio Askanasy’s 1958 Brazilian jazz record had the inauspicious reputation of being both of landmark importance and staggeringly rare at the same time. Luckily, Trunk records have decided to get it back in print. Fittingly for a record Gilles Peterson said he’d pay £1000 for, it’s an incomparable mixture of jazz, funk and bossa nova.
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Grupo Pilon
Leite Quente Funaná de Cabo Verde

Here is a dose of fun: the music of Grupo Pilon, which brings zouk, creole drumming, coladeira from Cape Verde and a little synth-guitar psych from Europe into one wonderful congress together. Leite Quente Funaná de Cabo Verde, named for a hot milk drink, cherry-picks six of the finest items from Grupo Pilon’s three albums, making for an undeniable collection of life and dance.
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Ofege
The Last Of The Origins

Nigerian rockers Ofege get another of their classic LPs reissued on Tidal Waves Music. 1976’s The Last Of The Origins built on the success of their debut album Try And Love, fusing psych-rock grooves with Lagos funk fire in a manner reminiscent of their heroes BLO and The Funkees. This one’s been pretty rare up until now - indeed, this is the first time the record has been put on wax since the ‘70s.
  • Vinyl LP (TWM24)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition
  • Last copy

Gyedu-Blay Ambolley
Ambolley

Resurgent interest in the music of Gyedu Blay Ambolley spawns another reissue. One spin of 1982’s sophomore LP Ambolley is enough for you to understand why people are suddenly so keen on the Ghanaian artist’s music. This is a set of superbly funky highlife disco/boogie for which Ambolley is a charismatic and beguiling focal point. Original copies of Ambolley are very hard to track down, so nice one to Mr. Bongo for getting this new edition together.
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Various
Jambú e Os Míticos Sons Da Amazônia

Jambú e Os Míticos Sons Da Amazônia is a compilation that takes a close at the musical output of the Brazilian city of Belém. It's musical output is usually overlooked for that of Brazil's metropolises but here we have the chance to address that. What you'll learn is that the musicians of Belém know how to throw a party. Maybe you'll want to go to one. 
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Tony Allen
Lagos No Shaking


  • Vinyl Double LP (HJRLP020)
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  • Last copy
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Abu Obaida Hassan
Abu Obaida Hassan & His Tambour: The Shaigiya Sound of Sudan

Abu Obaida Hassan’s music was discovered by the Ostinato Records label earlier this decade, and they’ve now followed through on their initial fascination to the point that they are now releasing this set of songs hand-picked by the man himself. Hassan’s tambour, double percussion and voices sound is hypnotic, addictive, and extremely dance-friendly. Check it out.
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Sinkane
Dépaysé

Sinkane has taken a more confrontational approach to his latest album, Dépaysé. The album tells of the difficulties immigrants have under the Trump administration. Sinkane describes it as being loud and raw. Judging by lead single Everybody, he’s mixed soul power and North-African rock to create an emotive and powerful sound. LP and CD on City Slang.

Various
Pantsula! - The Rise of Electronic Dance Music in South Africa, 1988-90

Pantsula! is the name of South Africa’s 80’s dance underground culture, which grew out from the bubblegum and US-style disco, taking those starting points into even more electronic territory. This Rush Hour compilation covers the crucial years 1988 to 1990, with artists like Jazino, Kakappa and Jivaro featured. CD and double LP editions.
  • Vinyl Double LP (RHMC 003)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy

Various
Sweet As Broken Dates: Lost Somali Tapes from the Horn of Africa

Archivists and archive-trawlers alike do wonderful work all the time, but the history of this release is really something else. In 1988, the tapes containing fifty years of wonderful Somali music were smuggled out of Somalia and literally buried underground to protect them from the forthcoming civil war. They were only retrieved recently. Sweet As Broken Dates gives a glorious insight into the poetic and funky sounds of pre-war Somalia: very valuable listening. On Ostinato Records.
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Francis Bebey
Psychedelic Sanza 1982-1984

Crate diggers and rare musical magpies Born Bad give us another reason to love them with Francis Bebey's 'Psychedelic Stanza', a biographical compilation that combs through the best work of Cameroonian polymath Francis Bebey, who created a sound that could be groovy and raw at the same time, as finely textured as it was utterly sparse. This time they look at the '80s period of his recording career, which retains the same joyous spirit -- just listen to him sing.

Goat
World Music

The debut record by insane Swedish rockers Goat, highly recommended for everybody who loves squealing guitars, screaming ladies, and catchy afrobeat grooves. Combining psychedelic rock with lots of ethnic rhythms, World Music scored highly in many of 2012’s end-of-the-year lists. Great volumes of tribal distortion on this one.

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