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Ahmoudou Madassane
Zerzura (Original Soundtrack Recording)

The soundtrack to Zerzura, the first every Saharan acid Western. It was composed by Ahmoudou Madassane who also wrote the film and acted in it. Once the film had been shot  recorded the whole soundtrack while watching it giving the music a powerful connection to the footage. He mostly used an electric guita...view item »

Fela Kuti
Box Set #4 Compiled by Erykah Badu

Fela Kuti released so many albums during his spectacular lifetime that it can be hard to know precisely where to go as a listener. But worry not, Knitting Factory and Erykah Badu have got you covered! Box Set #4 contains seven discs of carefully compiled classics (chosen by Badu...view item »

Moontribe
Moontribe

Rippling rhythms and deft descents into deep zones of satisfaction from Moontribe via Tel-Aviv’s Middle Eastern curio reissue label Fortuna Records. And a beautiful sleeve to boot. Who, what, when and why is Moontribe? While no answers to those are forthcoming, a load of splendidly absorbing sounds certainly are....view item »

Various
Two Niles to Sing a Melody: The Violins & Synths of Sudan

Oh looky look, here's another of those lush and lavishly presented sets from Ostinato Records: this one is called 'Two Niles to Sing a Melody: The Violins & Synths of Sudan'. From an era in Sudan -- before the 1989 coup which brought a hardline religious government to power -- of diverse cultural riches, music and arts all f...view item »

James Holden + Maalem Houssam Guinia
Three Live Takes

What a combo: Maalem Houssam Guinia and James Holden; Moroccan Gnawa and modular synth. Three Live Takes presents us with three live cuts from a 2016 London performance, with these two very different sound palettes somehow combining into a coherent new sound-world. 12” out on Border Community....view item »

Arthur Verocai
Arthur Verocai

Well for once, the press release -- "one of the greatest albums ever made" -- sounds less like the usual over-enthusiastic blurb (hyperbole) and more in keeping with widely-held muso opinion. Arthur Verocai's self-titled solo record was a masterpiece produced, directed and created by the self-taught musician. Original copies of ...view item »

MKWAJU ensemble
KI-Motion

An unknown classic, KI-Motion is some of the finest percussion work you'll likely hear. Rhythms made meditative and minimalist, the MKWAJU Ensembl explored fertile ground in the world of ambience, influenced by the membership of legendary percussionist Midori Takada. A resonant maste...view item »

Jerusalem In My Heart
Daqa’iq Tudaiq

Montréal audiovisual duo Jerusalem in my Heart (Radwan Ghazi Moumneh and filmmaker Charles-André Coderre) return after three years with Daqa’iq Tudaiq. Set to excite such blogs ‘n’ mags as The Wire, A Closer Listen and The Quietus as much as did its predecessor If He Dies, If If If If If If, the a...view item »

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 ...view item »

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 ...view item »

Various
Saigon Supersound Vol. 2

A collection of very fine music from Vietnam. The second volume of the Saigon Supersound series sources its materials from the period of the sixties, when there was a lot going on in the country. This compilation features eighte...view item »

Bixiga 70
Quebra Cabeça

Bixiga 70 are a many-handed group, with ten members all pouring their heart, soul and funk into vivid, multi-hued music. Quebra Cabeca is African music made via Brazil, positively drenched in groovy vigour and f...view item »

Bamba Pana
Poaa

Whoa!!! My internal BPM counter just exploded listening to ‘Poaa’, the debut album from Bamba Pana - real name Jumanne Ramadhani Zegge. This LP is relentlessly fast paced - I was pretty much out of breath after the first short tune, and from there it fully goes off at maximum velocity. This is a youthful electrified/computerized visi...view item »

Mulatu Astatke
New York – Addis – London: The Story of Ethio Jazz 1965-1975

Storming in this week is a new compilation of genius Ethiopian composer and vibraphonist Mulatu Astatke's early work. Ethiopia's highly distinctive approach to jazz incorporates generous portions of soul, funk, pop and rock over a lolling bedrock of loose, relaxed African rhythms to make a sound that's highly listenable and homes straight in on you...view item »

Various
Disques Debs International Volume 1

Disques Debs is a Guadeloupean label that has run from the 1950’s to the present day: this new Strut compilation, volume one in a proposed series, focuses its attentions on the period 1960 to 1972 and is brimming over with beautiful Carribean big bands, bolero ...view item »

Umit Aksu Orkestrasi
Bermuda Seytan Ucgeni

If you’re going to launch a label, why not do it with a reissue of much sought-after 7” of Turkish Funk? That’s what Zele Zele have done. Bermuda Seytan Ucgeni by Umit Asku Orkestrasi was originally released in 1975 and contains some ahead-its-time experimentation played by some ...view item »

Various
Venezuela 70 Volume 2: Cosmic Visions Of A Latin American Earth

A potent selection of music from 1970’s Venezuela that you probably haven’t heard before unless you are a collector or a Venezuelan. Subtitled Cosmic Visions Of A Latin American Earth, this splendidly curated suite f...view item »

Dick Dickson
In The Pocket

Dick Dickinson is a Cameroon-born singer. He recorded In The Pocket in Togo in 1986. He used African groove as a starting point, with a view to creating a mid-eighties American funk sound, which was de rigueur at the time. This reissue 12” is the second release for the new Beaumonde label who felt this track deserved to be...view item »

Felbm
Tape 1 / Tape 2

It’s two EPs for the price of one LP from The Netherlands’ Felbm (one Eelco Topper), who recorded this pair of sessions of multi-instrumental warmth straight to Tascam tape. Drum machines, actual drums, piano, guitar and bass are the main ingredients in these smooth, jazzy instrumentals. Things get a bit less jazzy a...view item »

Mulatu Astatke
Ethiopian Modern Instrumentals Hits

Blow my mind every time. I love this record.Jazz music from another world. Hats Off Mulatu Astatke....view item »

Various
Latin Underground Revolution: Swinging Boogaloo, Guaguanco, Salsa & Latin Funk from New York City 1967-1978

Rocafort Records come through with a 7” triple-threat. Each side of vinyl in the Latin Underground Revolution boxset contains a killer tune cut by artists/groups of Latin American origin living in the Five Boroughs in the ‘60s and ‘70s. Illuminating liner notes from Latin music nerd DJ Timber...view item »

Buari
Buari

Interesting bloke, this Sidiku Buari. According to his Wikipedia page, the Ghanaian has been president of the Musicians Union Of Ghana, the vice-president of the International Federation Of Musicians, studied for degrees in both music and interior design and won medals as a sprinter at two All-Africa Games championships. Impress...view item »

Various
Antilles Méchant Bateau

Music from Guadeloupe and Martinique, showcasing the Gwo Ka and Biguine traditions. Antilles Mechant Bateau is a 1960 cut by Andre Mahy which both opens and gives name to t...view item »

Jean-Pierre Boistel / Tony Kennybrew
Percussions Pour La Danse

1980’s cross-continental team-up by a musician and a dance instructor, using the influence of a West African trip and the power of early computer technology to make this particular music. African instruments and rhythms, sampled and repeated (and also occasionally accompanied) by electronics. ...view item »

Ravi Shankar
The Rough Guide to Ravi Shankar

Maestro Ravi Shankar, virtuoso of the sitar helped to bring traditional Indian Classical music to millions of us Westerners since the '60s. Those kind folks at Rough Guide have collected together a few of Shankar's classic ragas as a kind of taster, an appetiser of a whole world of wonderful riches. Yes, some gu...view item »

Hailu Mergia
Yegojam Marnesh / Yegle Nesh

Organist and keyboard player supreme Hailu Mergia could legitimately lay claim to the title Prince Funk of Ethiopia, should such a notion become reality. Swiftly following on from Lala Belu -- his first new LP in 15 years -- arrives this new 45rpm 7" on Awesome Tapes From Africa. The two tracks -- Y...view item »

Oneness of Juju
African Rhythms

Strut have already reissued this 1975 soul-jazz classic from Oneness Of Juju a couple of times, but the latest pressing of African Rhythms comes with a few upgrades. The most notable tweak is the recently-discovered ‘Afrobeat’, taped at the original album sessions but lost to the winds until...view item »

Trio Ternura
A Gira / Last Tango In Paris

A shining golden piece of Música Popular Brasileira from the 70’s, recorded by two sisters and a brother. Trio Ternura learned their craft from their father, Umberto Silva, and A Gira / Last Tango In Paris is a beautiful example of what they could do. Lush strings, smooth rhythms, heavenly ...view item »

Various
Britxotica Goes Wild! Percussive Pop and Crazy Latin

Trunk brings us the latest instalment -- volume 5! Five! -- of the ongoing Britxotica series of compilation LPs. Legendary tastemakers Johnny Trunk and Martin Green cull and round up 16 more obscurities from pre-Beatles Exotica Britain with the emphasis on lively and fun, always...view item »

Dur-Dur Band
Dur Dur of Somalia - Vol. 1 & Vol. 2

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh damn! Look, if you’ve never heard Dur-Dur before, then stop what you’re doing and fix that this instance. The Somali group were one of the most famous bands in their home country during the 80’s and early 90’s before a civil war put paid to their career. A recent resurgent interest in their...view item »

Various
Hafla! - A Rough Guide to Jaffa's 70's Sound (Compiled by Fortuna Records)

Well this compilation was commissioned by the Ha’achim restaurant in Tel Aviv: whether or not that means that these bangers are going to be accompanying diners evening meals I don’t know, but it means this LP is fully grounded in the place it documents. Ten tracks from Jaffa in the 1970’s, absolutely bristling with life-force a...view item »

Walter Gavitt Ferguson
The Legendary Tape Recordings Vol. 1

Bongo Joe are pretty good at reissues. Their latest collection of unearthed gems comes courtesy of 99-year-old Costa Rican Walter Gavitt Ferguson. Ferguson and his guitar have played a mean Calypso for decades now. However, Ferguson never kept copies of his tapes for himself and, with no references to fall back ...view item »

Mark Ernestus' Ndagga Rhythm Force
Yermande

Basic Channel mastermind Mark Ernestus has been immersing himself in collaborations with African musicians for some years now: his Ndagga Rhythm Force is an incredible group of Dakar mbalax musicians. For Yermande, their intense band recordings have been tweaked and dubbed-up by ...view item »

Stella Chiweshe
Kasahwa: Early Singles

This is a good one. Stella Chiweshe is well-known in her native Zimbabwe as a master of the mbira (thumb-piano). As the nation spent the 1970’s gearing up for revolution, Chiweshe released a run of mbira recordings that became soundtracks to the Chimurenga. Now Glitterbeat have collected ...view item »

Various
On - The Sound Of On Records 1987-1989

On Records is a South African label specialising in Kwaito, and this is a big, bad-ass collection of material from the fertile 1987 to 1989 era. Presented over three thoroughly DJ-friendly vinyl LPs, you get two different versions of many of the tracks here, so that you can compare the Taxi Mix of Mafika Roadblock...view item »

Midori Takada & Lafawndah
Le Renard Bleu

The first new release from Midori Takada in almost two decades! Le Renard Bleu (translation: ‘The Blue Fox’) is a single-track, twenty-minute EP that sees the Japanese composer step out alongside NYC’s Lafawndah. Takada plays tuned percussion and also employs waterphones, Japanese stri...view item »

Thabang Tabane
Matjale

Lots of polyrhythmic goodness going on Matjale. This debut by Thabang Tabane, son of malombo music master Dr Philip Nchipi Tabane, is a wonderful mesh of funky guitars and hip-swinging percussion. Here’s a heads-up: you’re going to put these songs on your mixtapes, and your friends are going to ask you: &ldq...view item »

Fela Kuti
Zombie

Fela Kuti is known for having a huge catalogue, but over the years many of his albums have been nigh-on forgotten. The title track of Zombie is an acknowledged Fela classic, but the album as a whole hasn’t been available as a s...view item »

Ofege
Try And Love

Largely neglected in the wave of Lagos Funk and Afrobeat reissues of the past decade, Ofege now get their dues with a reissue courtesy of Tidal Waves Music. Recorded when the group were still in high school, Try And Love went on to sell loads of copies when it first came out in 1973. Ofege’s brand...view item »

Various
Shangaan Electro: New Wave Dance Music From South Africa

Wow, this is super energetic stuff clocking in at around 180bpm. It's total party music that's repetitive and really gets a groove going. I wasn't sure what to make of this at first, it's so happy sounding and sort of spiritually uplifting, especially with the African vocals. The sound palette throughout remains pretty similar and sticks to the ...view item »

Maki Asakawa
Maki Asakawa

Maki Asakawa was essentially a jazz and blues singer - but with a difference: Imagine Nina Simone, Bessie Smith and Billie Holiday with a bit of Nico, experimental big band and psychedelic sitar wig-outs. This eponymous compilation gathers together the best of h...view item »

Various
Kwaito EP : The Roots of South African House 1990-1994

Kwaito is a South African creation, culturally tied in with the end of Apartheid. Its bright and exciting sound is not so well known outside of the country though, so here is this 12” from Egoli. Kwaito EP: The Roots Of South African House 1990-1994 has four early tracks from the likes of Mara Dee and Patl...view item »

Kyriakos Sfetsas
Greek Fusion Orchestra Vol. 1

Greek Fusion Orchestra Vol. 1 is an album that delivers on the promise of its title, being an early example of Kyriakos Sfetsas’s progressive jazz fusion etc. music, formed from professional radio musicians who had the chops to play both traditional and classical music. These particular recordings are of a very hi...view item »

Witch
Movin' On

The great Zamrock band, WITCH stands for We Intend To Cause Havoc and in ‘70s and ‘80s Zambia they certainly did. Since being brought back to public attention by the likes of label owner Egon, the havoc has been continuing across dancefloors the world over. Movin’ On...view item »

Fela Kuti
Gentleman

The first time Gentleman has been made available on individual vinyl since its original release in 1973. The father of Afrobeat Fela Kuti pulls no punches with Gentleman, big band groove for days with serious and equally big messages. The title track being an opposition to the west, Fefe Naa Efe a trib...view item »

Marijata
This Is Marijata

This is Marijata - or, at least, the afro-funk outfit's gorgeous debut album. Raw, organic and consistently laid back, this re-issued format does a sound job of reminding us of quite how sweet the formula of this forgotten trio was. Initially released from Gapophone label, this is the cream of the Ghanian crop....view item »

Fela Ransome-Kuti & The Africa 70 with Ginger Baker
Live!

Originally recorded in 1971 at Abbey Road studios in just a few hours, 'Live!' is a collaboration between good friends former Cream drummer Ginger Baker and Nigerian multi-instrumentalist and Afrobeat pioneer Fela Ransome-Kuti and his band The Africa 70. Featuring a live audience of 150 people who crammed into the studio with them, this ...view item »

Shina Williams & His African Percussionists
African Dances

Despite the slew of compilations and reissues of music from 70s and 80s Lagos in the recent years, relatively little attention has been given to Shina Williams. The Nigerian band leader was one of the finest exponents of the funky Lagos style that fused Afrobeat, reggae, disco, highlife and more. There are few instances where hi...view item »

William Onyeabor
World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who Is William Onyeabor?

'Who is William Onyeabor' indeed? This vast collection from Luaka Bop should clear the question up. Rising from obscurity to fame, Onyeabor's deliriously danceable Afro-funk marries hot grooves with lo-fi electronics, awarding him the status of one of the continent's visionary producers. Need convincing? Listen ...view item »

Various
African Scream Contest 2

When the first of Analog Africa’s African Scream Contest compilations dropped in 2008, it shone a light on the sound of Benin, a nation whose music doesn’t always get the recognition it deserves. Fast-forward a decade and the second instalment in the series is about to do that all over again. Compiled by cra...view item »

Jess Sah Bi & Peter One
Our Garden Needs Its Flowers

An altogether calmer release than we’ve come to expect from Awesome Tapes From Africa here. Jess Sah Bi & Peter One were a duo famous throughout West Africa in the 1980s. Combining the songwriting techniques of their native Ivory Coast with American and British folk styles, they hit upon a great formul...view item »

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 ...view item »

Mulatu Astatke & His Ethiopian Quintet
Afro Latin Soul Vol. 2

Everyone needs a little Mulatu Astatke to lively up their life: get right to it with this reissue of his 1966 album Afro-Latin Soul Vol. 2, recorded with His Ethiopian Quintet. Astatke’s sound is still young and burgeoning here, but his mixture of Ethiopian-style jazz with Latin rhythms a...view item »

Kufuki
Dodome EP

First release on Les Editions Japonais, a label that aims to celebrate Japanese music past and present. On their Dodome EP, Kufuki combine the traditional Japanese folk music style 'Minyo' (mainly work songs incorporating call and response) with their own experimental cl...view item »

Femi Kuti
One People One World

The Kuti's are quite the family eh? Femi Kuti is of course the son of Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti, and the brother of Seun Kuti. Given they've both released albums in 2018 the rivalry between the two brothers must be immense. Though maybe not, One People One Worl...view item »

Various
Ethiopian Hit Parade Volume 1

Featuring the hit singles of the Ethiopian music scene of 1972, audacious, funky outlaw and musical entrepreneur Amha Esthèté celebrates the pioneers of modern Ethiopian groove such as Girma Bèyènè, Seyfu Yohannes, Tèshomè Meteku, Menelik Wèsnatchèw, Mulatu Astatq and Muluken Melesse...view item »

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...view item »

Various
Space Echo: The Mystery Behind The Cosmic Sound of Cabo Verde Finally Revealed

The West African island nation of Cabo Verde (Cape Verde) really took a shine to synthesisers when they started becoming available in the 70’s, and Space Echo: The Mysterious Sound of Cabo Verde Finally Revealed documents an array of super-groovy meldings of the synths with the local music. Double L...view item »

O’Seis
Suicida / Apocalipse

No, this isn’t the latest incarnation of (Thee) Oh Sees. In fact, it’s a previous incarnation of Os Mutantes. Three of those who would go on to form OM - Rita Lee and the Baptista brothers - were members of O’Seis. 1966 single Suicida/Apoca...view item »

Otim Alpha
Gulu City Anthems

Nyege Nyege Tapes continue to turn heads with this compilation from Ugandan singer Otim Alpha. Alpha takes traditional Larakaraka wedding songs as his starting point, computerising much of the instrumentation while leaving in the frenetic pac...view item »

Various
Buried Country

Musical archaeologists extraordinaire Mississippi Records team up with Australia’s Flipping Yeah for this release, and an important one it is too. The eleven tracks here draw from the Australian Aboriginal country tradition, a music silenced as often as the people who have made it. The ‘country&rsquo...view item »

Mulatu Astatke & His Ethiopian Quintet
Afro-Latin Soul

Mulatu Astatke has long and lovingly been called 'Godfather Of Ethio Jazz' and who are we, your humble servants at Norman to disagree? Strut push on with their careful programme of essential jazz reissues to bring us the first official pressings of Astatke's early classics: Afro-Latin Soul (Vols 1 & 2)...view item »

These Eyes
Soca Hustle / Let Me Love

The press release ain’t giving much away about this one. It’s These Eyes with Soca Hustles/Let Me Love on Invisible City Editions. There’s a very fun groove with these. There’s naive and playful instrumentation and its West African influences remind me of Onyeabor...view item »

Stars Of Liberty / Eye Q
Power To The People / I’m Not Selfish

Greasy Zimbabwean funk from Stars Of Liberty & Eye Q. Following the Now-Again 7" limited repress series comes Power To The People / I'm Not Selfish. These heavy afro-funk rarities tell the story of the public unrest happening in Zimbabwe in the 70's. Both tracks spoke out against the repressive regime in the funkies...view item »

King Ayisoba
Wicked Leaders

Here's the second album of contemporary Ghanaian music by King Ayisoba, following his well received 'Modern Ghanaians' LP. Ayisoba plays a traditional two-string guitar called the Kologo. It's quite a varied album, ranging from busy polyrhythmic anthems to thoughtful and quiet numbers like 'Yele Mengire Nbo Se'ena (Election Song)' and 'Song for ...view item »

Nigeria Fuji Machine
Synchro Sound System & Power

Nigeria Fuji Machine is a grouping of high-powered drummers and singers in Lagos, performing the popular Yoruba Nigerian music named Fuji. Fuji is a thrilling, super-percussive sound, that is highly popular in Nigeria but somewhat overlooked in the West in favour of highlife and the like. Correct this now, with Synchro Sound...view item »

Grupo Controle Digital
A Festa E Nossa

Remaster of the only album from sleek Brazilian electronic funk duo Grupo Controle Digital. Sadly, one of the members Gel Valiery, died young, leading to the end of the band. His bandmate, Billy Jaguar, became a priest, but was tracked down by DJ Millos Kaiser in order to secure permission to...view item »

Kamal Keila
Muslims and Christians

Jakarta sub-label Habibi Funk do a fine job of reissuing lost Arab classics. Their new series sees them turn their attention to the Sudanese jazz scene of the second half of the 20th century. A recent trip to the country brought the label bos...view item »

Meridian Brothers
Dónde Estás María

Colombia's Meridian Brothers are back again with yet another strikingly original album. Blending Tropicalia from Brazil, Latin rock from Colombia and Argentina and dreamy Mexican psych-folk, there are plenty of rich strings and choral arrangements promised on this experimental new record. Bowed and plucked cello is introduced fo...view item »

Various
Onda de Amor: Synthesized Brazilian Hits That Never Were (1984-94)

Good old Soundway Records. They never fail. It’s another crate-digging extravaganza from the global pop imprint, and this time they turn their attention to the music of the Brazilian 80s and 90s. Roping in vinyl junkie Millos Kaiser - 50% of the duo Selvagem - Kaiser has put together a com...view item »

Various
Bury Me in a Corner of the Yard

Death Is Not The End are a fine label who should get more recognition than they do. The rare-as-hen’s-teeth records they get hold of for reissue are always hauntingly beautiful, and their recent LPs from Nina De La Puebla and Violeta Parra are simply not the sort of thing you hear every da...view item »

Waak Waak Djungi
Waak Waak Ga Min Min

Waak Waak Djungi are a group from the Northern Territories of Australia, made up of three indigenous Yolngu people. They combine traditional vocal techniques and field recordings with 90’s era electronic production, and have been recently rediscovered. Waak Waak Ga Min Min contains a previously unheard recording, ...view item »

Super Elcados
Togetherness Is Always A Good Venture - Tambourine Party Vol. 2

Anyone keeping track of the resurgent interest in ‘70s Afrofunk over the past decade will have seen the name Super Elcados crop up every now and then. Now the group’s LP Togetherness Is Always A Good Venture - Tambourine Party Volume 2 gets a reissue via Mr. Bongo. Despite this being the sec...view item »

Senyawa
Calling The New Gods

Vincent Moon is not, in fact, the mutant spawn of The Mighty Boosh’s two protagonists. He’s a filmmaker, and in 2012 he chronicled a journey made by the Indonesian duo Senyawa’s around the Javan city Yogyakarta. This became the short film Calling The New Gods, and its soundtra...view item »

Tunde Mabadu
Viva Disco

Some ultra-rare boogie Lagos here. Originally issued in 1980 and long lost to the annals of time, Tunde Mabadu’s Viva Disco is Nigerian disco par excellence. The tunes here boast ten-tonne grooves, and the slightly distorted recording only adds to their energy and verve. Anyone with an ear for the li...view item »

Andrea Benini
Drumphilia Vol. 1

Drumphilia Vol. 1, the first in a proposed series, is true to the promise of its title, in that this material is all about rhythmic and percussive sound sources. Although the definition of ‘drum’ has been stretched by Andrea Benini...view item »

George Katsaros
George Katsaros: Greek Blues in America, Vol. 1

Hear what happened when rebetika-playing Greek emigres came to American and mingled their sound with the blues in the 20’s and 30’s. George Katsaros: Greek Blues in America, Vol. 1 is a cassette filled with amazing vintage recordings of Katsaros, captured in New York back in the day. Beautiful finger-picked ...view item »

Alanis Obomsawin
Bush Lady

Rare and underrated, Alanis Obomsawin's Bush Lady is a cult classic finally gaining new listeners through Montreal's Constellation. Considering the lives lived by Canada's First Nations, and the political threats to their existence, the record is both a crucial sonic document and activist statement, offer...view item »

Kitsos Harisiadis
Lament In A Deep Style 1929 - 1931

Jack White has been tunnelling in the archives again… this time he’s come out with some amazing deep rarities from Greek folk musician and clarinetist Kitsos Harisiadis, all recorded in the period 1929 to 1931. ...view item »

Hailu Mergia
Lala Belu

This is Hailu Mergia’s first LP since the upswing in interest in his music over the past half-decade. The revival is down in large part to the re-release job Awesome Tapes From Africa have done on some of his old records, and as such it’s fitting that Lala Belu should surface on the label. B...view item »

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, wi...view item »

Hamad Kalkaba
Hamad Kalkaba and The Golden Sounds 1974-1975

Hamad Kalkaba, who later went on to sit as president of the Confederation of African Athletics, recorded some fabulous and lively music in his mid-70’s youth, and here is a good-sized portion of it. Sparkling golden good-time sounds that takes Cameroonian rhythms and slathers them with heady electricity. CD and LP editions...view item »

Alice Coltrane
World Spirituality Classics 1: The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda

World Spirituality Classics 1: The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitandanda contains some of the material that Alice Coltrane released in later life, as an aspect of her spiritual experience. Gospel and Indian devotional traditions mix with Alice’s own inspiration. Originally only avai...view item »

Ibibio Sound Machine
Uyai

Ibibio Sound Machine is an excellent bit of Afro-electro, forged in London via Nigeria and combining funky highlife rhythms and horns with brash electro-synths. And you know what? It sounds addictively good and irresistibly groovy: supreme good time music! Uyai is the group&r...view item »

Ennanga Vision
Ennanga Vision

Ennanga Vision's self-titled offering is a cultured release, with a broad glut of influences. As the touring keyboard player for world-beaters Gorillaz, Jesse Hackett is no stranger to the big stage, and this is an album that's fit for one; it melds an array of electronic sounds with organic African instrumentation....view item »

Mulatu Astatke
Mulatu of Ethiopia

Mulatu Astatke’s 1972, New York-recorded album Mulatu of Ethiopia is a true classic of Afro-jazz, and an early key step for Mulatu. Various editions are available (CD, LP and triple LP), featuring the original album remastered plus rare photos, an exclusive interview, and on some formats, outtakes...view item »

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