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The Mystery Kindaichi Band
The Adventures Of Kindaichi Kosuke

Here we have some much coveted Japanese disco funk in the form of The Adventures Of Kindaichi Kosuke by The Mystery Kindaichi Band. It’s an imaginary soundtrack from 1977 which features the best Tokyo Funk and City Pop musicians Japan has to offer: pianist Hideo Ichikawa, drummer Jun Moriya, percussionist Tadaomi Anai, Eri Ohno on vocals, Takeru Muraoka on sax, trumpeter Koji Hadori and Koji Yamaguchi on French horn.

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 to 'Good Name' and don't look back.

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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.

Marcos Valle
Garra


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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.

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. 
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Piper
Sunshine Kiz

Assembled in the space of just six months, displaying the creative restlessness of its creators Piper and their ingenious lead singer Keisuke Yamamoto, 1984’s wonderful Sunshine Kiz followed up the genre-defining Gentle Breeze by including more vocal-orientated tracks and live instrumentation. 
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Forest Law
Forest Law

Having signed to Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood label a couple of months back, London-based musician Forest Law introduces his self-titled debut EP for the imprint. Just like the work that generated such attention initially, the three tracks here are sonically eclectic yet warm and human, with Brazilian influences laced throughout. 
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Penya
Super Liminal

A long-awaited vinyl re-issue of Super Liminal, the debut album from Afrolatin collective Penya which was originally released at the start of 2018. While the band are in the studio working on a follow-up album, they deliver a new EP in collaboration with Msafiri Zawose alongside this timely re-pressing of their debut, a whirlwind of rhythms and different production techniques. 
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The Sun Is Setting on the World

Rebetika is a form of urban Greek music. The Sun Is Setting On The World collects together songs from the rebetika movement recorded between the 1930s and the 1950s. The songs are all dark in their subject matter with sorrow, loss, poverty and the end of the world hanging heavy in their lyrics. Tape on Death Is Not The End.
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Tony Allen
The Source

Tony Allen, legendary drummer and innovator of Afrobeat with Fela Kuti, releases his latest in a long line of solo albums. Perhaps surprisingly for such a legend with such a long career and lengthy catalogue, The Source is Tony's first for Blue Note. The statuesque label has been through so many changes, now representing a philosophy of quality and the analogue principles of its founders. Warm jazz sounds.

Jake Sollo
Boogie Legs

A former member of legendary Nigerian groups The Hykkers, The Funkees and Osibisa as well as a famed session musician and producer, Jake Sollo also enjoyed a short but intense solo career. Boogie Legs, originally released in 1980 and a great workout in Afro-funk, disco and psychedelic reggae, was the third and final of these before his untimely death in a car accident in 1985. 
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Erasmo Carlos
Carlos, ERASMO

Erasmo Carlos is a thoroughly big deal in Brazil, though somewhat lesser-known in the English-speaking world (damn the Anglophone public’s lack of enthusiasm for non-English pop!). But the albums now reissued by Light In The Attic are not so known even in Brazil, being the records on which Carlos indulged his interests in a variety of genres. Carlos, ERASMO is one of his most personal records and well worth your time.
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Hailu Mergia
Yene Mircha

Hailu Mergia is an Ethiopian musician who has 6 decades of music making behind him. Starting out in Addis Ababa in the ‘60s, and into the ‘70s with Walias Band, he eventually moved to the US, where a musically fallow period was filled as a taxi driver. His 2018 album Lala Belu saw him reach new audiences, bringing the sound of Ethiopia to the West. Now he returns with Yene Mircha. He uses a whole host of Ethiopian musicians from his past and present, and at 74 shows no sign of his creativity waning.
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Tamikrest
Tamotaït

Tamikrest are a blues / rock / world music band from Algeria. They are made up from the Sahara-dwelling Tuareg people. On Tamotait, their music gets louder as well as incorporating influences from further afield. Moroccan singer Hindi Zahra makes an appearance along with a group of traditional Japanese musicians. 
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Ofege
How Do You Feel

Ofege began in early 1970s Nigeria smitten by the twiddly likes of Santana and Jeff Beck. How Do You feel was their fourth album originally released in 1978 and was seen as the high point in their career cementing their West African psych funk sound but blending it with reggae and disco. They have gained increased exposure over the years through appearances on compilations so this luxury re-issue of this Afrobeat classic is rather timely. 

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 club leanings. Limited edition and comes in a black disco bag. 
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MORIS ZEKLER - Fuzz & Soul Sega from 70's Mauritius

MORIS ZEKLER - Fuzz & Soul Sega from 70's Mauritius is a new compilation charting the curious origins of sega. Forged from Western and Indian influences in Mozambique and East Africa in the Seventies, its key practitioners are collected on this 13-track album, including Harold Berty, Ti L’Afrique and Claudio Veeraragoo. 

The Daktaris
Soul Explosion

Cheeky white-boy afrobeat revivalists The Daktaris went so far as to assume fake Nigerian aliases for their debut and only album Soul Explosion. The whole thing looks like a crate-digger’s wet dream, but was actually released in 1998. But! it's still one hell of a funky afrobeat affair, it's been remastered, and the folk at Daptone are reissuing it. 
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Uzelli Elektro Saz

Established in 1971 in Frankfurt and catering for Germany’s significant Turkish migrant population, the Uzelli Kaset label carefully maintained their largely cassette-based archive for decades as technology moved on. Now, the label dips into its archive for a new vinyl compilation titled Uzelli Elektro Saz. 

Witch
In The Past

Now-Again continue to tell the story of Witch and their garage rock/funk hybrid by reissuing 'In The Past', a record initially released back in 1974. Witch -- also known as We Intend To Cause Havoc - fused genres gleefully into a sound unprecedented within the Zambian scene beforehand. 'In The Past' is a Zamrock cornerstone.

Onipa
We No Be Machine

Supergoup Onipa arrive on a funky wave of Afro-grooves and ferocious energy with a bunch of electronic equipment. They feature K.O.G. known for Kweku of Ghana of KOG and the Zongo Brigade and Tom Excell & Finn Booth of Nubiyan Twist along with Dwayne Klivington of Wonky Logic. We No Be Machine is an album that will make you wanna dance. 
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The Star Beams
Play Disco Specials

Known best for their dancefloor demolisher ‘Disco Stomp’, South African ensemble The Star Beams get a re-issue of their previously ultra-rare album Play Disco Specials, originally released in 1976 on JAS Records. Nearly 45 years after it came out, very little is known about the personnel behind this gem, but at least the wider availability will spread the knowledge of this immensely talented group. 
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Tony Allen & Hugh Masekela
Rejoice

Two long-time associates of the legendary Fela Kuti come together on Rejoice. Afrobeat drumming pioneer Tony Allen and the (now sadly departed) South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela got together in 2010 when their touring schedules allowed, with the unfinished sessions laying in an archive until last summer when producer Nick Gold applied the finishing touches. 

Sibusile Xaba
Nigwu Shwabada

Guitarist and singer Sibusile Xaba hails from South Africa. He makes his own take on Maskandi (Zulu folk music) music, mixing it with the avant-garde. Nigwu Shwabada his new album. It translates as I Am with Shwabada, Shwbada being a spiritual lineage. Features an 18 minute improvised track recorded with saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings of Sons of Kemet and Shabaka & the Ancestors.

Kim Jinmuk
Indo-Coreana

For those of you into your Korean-Indo Ethno Fusion then this could be something like the holy grail. It is the personal body of work by Kim Jinmuk - a critic and shapeshifter of the Korean music scene.  The collection exemplifies the cross-cultural nature of his work  - like a good chef he's always trying to blend disparate elements together and this results in these rhythmical and meditative pieces. 
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Jeannette N'Diaye
Makom Ma Bobe

A first-ever re-issue for ‘Maom Ma Bobe’, the 1981 Afro-disco gem from Cameroonian singer Jeannette N'Diaye and one of the genre’s most sought-after 12” singles. With the Kalita label re-mastering the original’s lavish grooves, there’s also an extended remix by Dutch producer Mendel gracing the reverse. 

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Pacific Breeze 2: Japanese City Pop, AOR & Boogie 1972-1986

As always with Light In the Attic you get carefully created compilations of sought after tracks housed in lavish packaging. This second edition of their Japanese City Pop, AOR & Boogie brings together another batch of rare tunes you won't have heard unless you were in Japan between 1972 and 1986. It's all here  - AOR, soul, funk, disco, tropicalia and everything in between for that veranda-ready playlist of rare things. 
  • Vinyl Double LP (LITA179-1)
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Black Market Brass
Undying Thirst

Undying Thirst is the second album by Minneapolis afrobeat / funk outfit Black Market Brass. It sees a scorching brass section ripped through with massive guitars, highly-charged percussion, and feverish electronics and synths. They take their influences from the likes of Fela Kuti, James Brown, Herbie Hancock and Outkast.
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Marcos Valle & Azymuth
Fly Cruzeiro

Brazilian Jazz-funk trio Azymuth and singer-songwriter Marcos Valle once decided to collaborate on a promotional record for South American airline company ‘Cruzeiro’. Luckily for you we've unearthed it from the hazy sun-bleached skies of history. Strap yourselves in for a flight back in time with generous helpings of jazz, funk & bossa nova.
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Maher Shalal Hash Baz
Je est un autre

Je Est Un Autre - taken from a Rimbaud quotation - is a double 10” vinyl collection showing the evolution of Japanese composer Tori Kudo and his Maher Shalal Hash Baz alter ego/group, taken from various points of a mammoth concert at the finale of his March 2018 tour. It’s the sound of spontaneity and improvisation welded to the discipline of a large, well-rehearsed ensemble. 

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!

Mulatu Astatke & Black Jesus Experience
To Know Without Knowing

Mulatu Astatke is an influential musician from Africa, Black Jesus Experience are a twelve piece funk conglomerate out of Australia. This is the latest example of their musical journey together which began in 2009. Astakte calles Black Jesus Experience his favourite backing band and on To Know Without Knowing their shared love of funk and jazz creates a groove-laden classic. 

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.

Os Mutantes
Mutantes

Os Mutantes (the Mutants) were sort of the Brazilian the Beatles. They blended pop, tropicalia and psychedelia and have become influential to newer artists largely because of *that* Song A Minha Menina which has become something like ubiquitous. Mutantes was their second album originally released in 1969 and continued their genre destroying rise to popularity mostly in their native country.
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Momoko Kikuchi
Adventure

Re-mastered from the original tapes and pressed onto purple vinyl, J-pop pioneer Momoko Kikuchi’s Adventure returns to the LP format for the first time since its release way back in 1986. The sound of an already established artist discovering the full extent of their potential (Kikuchi had only just turned 18 when it was released), Adventure utterly encapsulates the sound of Eighties Japanese pop. 
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The Master Musicians Of Jajouka featuring Bachir Attar
Apocalypse Across The Sky

Once recorded by the Stones’ guitarist Brian Jones for what would be considered the first ‘world music’ album, The Master Musicians Of Jajouka have always been a stunning experience to behold. Apocalypse Across The Sky, recorded in 1991 by legendary producer Bill Laswell with Bachir Attar as the bandleader, gets a re-mastered re-issue on double vinyl. 
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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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Mamman Sani
Unreleased Tapes 1981-1984

“Yeah man, I’m not really interested in The Beatles, I like early Saharan experimental electronic music, yeah?” Well mate, you’re in luck. Unreleased Tapes 1981-1984 by maverick musician Mamman Sani gives us the nascent sounds of electronic Africa. Like the continent itself, the music is a mix of serenity and hugeness. 
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Lotte Kærså & Græsrødderne
Jubiiilæum

The Tartelet imprint begins the 2020s by collaborating with the family of iconic Danish composer Lotte Kærså and her backing band Græsrødderne to re-issue Jubiiilæum. Originally released in the early ‘80s and now a sought-after treasure, it compiled tracks from Kærså’s first two albums (1979’s Jeg Har Set Det Selv and 1981’s Hjemme I Vores Gade. 
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Rhythm Showcase Vol. 1

Daptone Records present a delightful set of rarities from their friends and family. Acts including NYC Afrobeat legends Antibalas, Daptone stoner-soul favourites The Budos Band, Africa 70 member Pax Nicholas and Moroccan gnawa trailblazer Innov Gnawa all contribute some unreleased/lesser-known nuggets to ‘Rhythm Showcase Vol. 1’.
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The Mauskovic Dance Band
Shadance Hall

Normally recording as one half of electronic act Bruxas, Nicola Mauskovic releases his first solo album on Dekmantel as The Mauskovic Dance Band. Blending post-punk and Latin American rhythms with soundsystem-inspired caverns of bass, Shadance Hall is a brilliantly expressive and irresistibly kinetic EP. 
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Outro Tempo: Electronic and Contemporary Music From Brazil, 1978-1992

Archivist wonderkids Music From Memory spread the love with their first compilation, sourcing tracks from a golden era of Brazilian electronics. Lapping from the late seventies to early nineties, this release spans upheavals both political and musical, as reflected in the different approaches and innovations made to electronic music -- considering that some of this includes jazz fusion and ambient, it matches quite well with previous MoM releases. Plenty of new artists to unfurl on this one.

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Uzelli Psychedelic Anadolu

Uzelli Psychedelic Anadolu gathers together a bunch of Turkish psychedelic music , and various psych sub-genres, from 1975 - 1984..There are plenty of previously undiscovered artists here. The music has been compiled from the archives of Uzelli - the Turkish cassette label founded in 1974. Features tracks by Zor Beyler, Erkin Koray and Neşe Alkan among others.

Masumi Hara
4 X A Dream

Introduced with inebriated guitars and quirky vocals, '4 X A Dream' is the wonky exploration from Japanese multi-media pioneer Masumi Hara. Having originally landed way back in 1984, This reissue presents a chance to re-discover this curious and colourful mashup of various genres, styles, mood and ideas.

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Soundway Records Present - Ten Cities

Soundway brought together as many electronic artists as they could count on about ten hands and asked them to collaborate in a variety of different recording studios. A noble and intensive undertaking, no doubt, but the result is a rainbow of sounds, from dubstep in one city to jazz in another and techno in the one over from that -- I mean, I don't need to tell you where the techno comes from, right? 'Soundway Records Present - Ten Cities' celebrates the vibrant specialism of the world's greatest sonic cities.

Fela Kuti
Roforofo Fight / The Fela Singles

Part of a series of CD reissues that were made to celebrate the great man's birthday. The title misleads slightly in that it contains his 1971 album Roforofo Fight with two previously unreleased tracks from the same era (known for some reason as the Fela Singles). It captures Fela Kuti in longform Afro-jazz period inspired somewhat by James Brown. Each track weighs in at nine minutes plus  - essential grooves from a much missed artist. 
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Adaye
Turn It Up

Turn It Up by Adaye was originally released in 1983. It is a prime cut of South African guitar funk-meets-disco. Emil Zoghby, head of Heads Music and Ray Phiri co-wrote the track which features Al Etto on vocals. Turn It Up was the only song Adaye released - they were a one-off project featuring members of Stimela fka The Cannibals. They also performed under the names Street Kids and Kumasi.
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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 stand-alone vinyl since the original release. Mmmm, tasty political afrobeat.... LP on Knitting Factory.
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Cadence Revolution: Disques Debs International Vol. 2

Cadence Revolution is the second instalment in a planned series of compilations that are excavating the archives of French Caribbean label Disques Debs International. Featuring the likes of Super Vikings and Guy Conquette, Volume 2 focusses on the development of the unique ‘Cadence’ sound during the 1970s, which resolved myriad influences into a Pan-Caribbean blend of styles and musical traditions that resonated for years afterwards. 
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Kollington Ayinla and His Fuji '78 Organisation
Blessing

The first in a new series of re-issues from Soul Jazz Records specifically of Afrobeat records previously only released in Nigeria. Blessing, originally released in 1978 by Kollington Ayinla and His Fuji '78 Organisation, is a brilliant example of the country’s Fuji style, giving the sub-genre a contemporary twist with the use of synths and guitars to make something amazingly danceable. A real lost diamond. 
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Piper
Gentle Breeze

Piper were an early 1980s-era Japanese pop band who scored a hit with second album Summer Breeze in 1983. The remarkably similarly titled Gentle Breeze was its followed up released just a few months later and continued their ability to make a summery synthy funk sound that could allow you to think that you were at an L.A pool party. Brilliantly the sleeve art is of a snow covered vehicle. Remastered LP on red vinyl with white splatter. 
  • Vinyl LP (STS-070)
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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.
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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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Manu Dibango
Waka Juju

Waka Juju was the 30th album in an impressive 72 album catalogue by Cameroonian Jazz / funk musician, Manu Dibango. It was originally released in 1982. The album exists to salute juju - the traditional Nigerian music known as Yourba. It sees him returning to the Afrobeat sound of earlier recordings.
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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 LP on Analog Africa.
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Soul Sega Sa! Indian Ocean Segas From 70s Vol​.​ 2

The Bongo Joe imprint releases a second volume of music from the Seventies created by the ‘sega’ scene in Mauritius, Seychelles and Reunion Island. A style that evolved through cross-pollination of influences because of the islands’ positions on the Indian trading route, Soul Sega Sa! is another dozen tracks of fascinating sega music. 
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Jon Hassell / Farafina
Flash of the Spirit

Jon Hassell is best known for his collaborations with non Western music and traditional African acts in a form of music he called Fourth World. On this his 1987 album Flash of the Spirit he records with Farafina - a percussion voice and dance collective. It was recorded by Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois and this is its first ever vinyl remaster.  

Antibalas
Fu Chronicles

Brooklyn’s Antibalas mix afrobeat, funk and jazz, taking their inspiration from Fela Kuti and Harlem River Drive Orchestra. Lyrically they concentrate on political and social issues. Their 20 year career has seen them release 6 albums, with Fu Chronicles being their 7th. It is their 5th album for Daptone. Their name, if you were wondering, means Bulletproof in Spanish.
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APALA: Apala Groups in Nigeria 1967-70

Apala is the music of Nigeria’s Yourba people. Apala: Apala Groups in Nigeria 1967-70 is the first time a compilation of Apala music has been released outside of Nigeria. The music’s main characteristics are the hypnotic rhythms brought about by the powerful drumming, nasal singing and the Agdigbo, or thumb piano. Other African musical styles are more well known in the West such as Fuji, Highlife, Juju and Afrobeat, but Apala is regarded as more of a roots or neo-traditional form of music. On Soul Jazz.
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Kinshasa 1978

Kinshasa 1978 is a compilation of recordings by Konono No. 1, Sankayi, Orchestre Bambala, Orchestre Bana Luya which were all recorded in, you guessed it, 1978. The songs presented here are previously unreleased reconstructed by Martin Meissonnier from a session produced by Bernard Treton. That session created the Congotronics sound and a 1986 album Zaire: Musiques Urbaines Kinshasa.
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Omar Souleyman
Shlon

A modern global dance music hero and collaborator with Four Tet and Björk, and with (allegedly) over 500 live albums to his name, Syrian artist Omar Souleyman turns in his fourth studio album Shlon, released on Because Music. Spanning six tracks, the album sees Souleyman fuses techno and house with Lebanese folk dance dabke. 
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Sidiku Buari
Revolution (Live Disco Show In New York City)

Revolution (Live Disco Show In New York City) by Sidiku Buari displays different aspects of the artist. Side one is supposedly, although not definitely, recorded live at a show in NYC that may or may not have happened. Their disco sound is anchored by heavy bass. Side 2 shows the versatility of the band with a couple of politically charged numbers, a Christmas song and some afrobeat grooves.
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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. 
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Taiwan Disco

Taiwan Disco highlights the wild, wonderful, colourful and cosmic sounds that were made by female musicians in Taiwan in the 1970s, Funk, disco, soul and glam variants were created when the influx of western music mixed with the already diverse Taiwanese sounds. This will get you on your feet! On Aberrant.

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. 

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 the 1972 classic recorded in Rio de Janeiro now fetch a heck of a lot of £££'s so here is a repress of the 2012 re-master supervised by the maestro Verocai himself. Truly music that transcends genre. Comes packaged in replica gatefold with artwork true to the original. On Mr Bongo records.
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Eze-Nri Royal Drummers
Eze-Nri Royal Drummers Vol. 1

Eze-Nri Royal Drummers were a percussive group from the Nigeria region of West Africa who play a traditional form of African music featuring several forms of drums and percussion. This is seen as a particularly culturally significant release as the music remains unchanged from the music that was made in the region thousands of years ago.   
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Sonora Casino
Trompeteros

Sonora Casino were a ‘60s exotic, experimental psychedelic band from Peru. You may already be thinking after reading the opening sentence that this means their album 1972 album, Trompetoros, is a previously hard-to-get-hold-of  and highly sought after obscurity, and you’d be right. This is the first ever reissue, so sharpen your elbows and get ready for the rush.

Malaku Daku
Love Drums From The Ghetto

Love Drums From The Ghetto by Malaku Daku is an afro-funk rarity. Malaku Daku, a percussionist from Philadelphia, uses the drums for deeper meaning. In the west, drums are just about music. In African society they mean much more - from the ritualistic to the spiritual to communication and passion. You can feel everything going on in these grooves.
  • Vinyl LP (TWM39)
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  • Limited edition
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Apostles
Black Is Beautiful

The Apostles formed in Nigeria in 1973. They are essentially a funk and soul group but other elements creep into their sound such as pop, rock and reggae. They released Black Is Beautiful in 1977. It has become a defining album of the Afrobeat scene and is therefore essential if you’re into such things, or if you just want to make your record collection more diverse.
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Seu Jorbe & Rogê
Night Dreamer Direct-To-Disc Sessions

You may remember Seu Jorge from his David Bowie covers which soundtracked the Wes Anderson film The Life Aquatic. Night Dreamer Direct-To-Disc Sessions sees the Brazillian guitarist and singer record with lifelong collaborator Rogê for the first time. The album went from idea to LP in just four days. The music is influenced by Brazillian masters such as Milton Nascimento, Gilberto Gil and Jorge Ben.
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Ali Farka Toure with Ry Cooder
Talking Timbuktu

A Grammy award winning album which was number 1 in the US World Music Charts for 31 weeks, Talking Timbuktu by Ali Farka Toure, who has been a hot ticket for any fans of so-called “world music”, and Ry Cooder, the American guitarist known for his slide guitar, is an album which combines the two perfectly - it’s Africa with a hillbilly influence. Lovely stuff. A limited 180g vinyl 2 LP.  

Piper
Piper 3CD Collection

3CD Collection by Piper collects together three albums by the Japanese pop group. Included here are Summer Breeze (1983), Gentle Breeze (1983) and Sunshine Kiz (1984). The band claim to take inspiration from Wishbone Ash and Camel, although you’d have to listen very carefully to pick any of that up. They also take influences from fellow Japanese acts Masayoshi Takanaka and Tatsuro Yamashita and YMO.
  • CD box set (STS-069-2)
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Piper
Summer Breeze

Piper come from Japan. Summer Breeze was their second album and was originally released in 1983. Despite being from Japan and naming bands such as Camel and Wishbone Ash as influences, this sounds very much like the cover may suggest - light, funky pop from the shores of Florida. It was also inspired by Japanese acts such as Masayoshi Takanaka and Tatsuro Yamashita and YMO.

Various
Nigeria 70 – The Definitive Story of 1970s Funky Lagos

The 2001 compilation Nigeria 70 made an important impact on Western appreciation of the fantastic music coming out of Nigeria: Fela Kuti, Peter King, King Sunny Ade and many more wonders. This reissue contains all the original tracks (remastered) on 3 LPs and 2 CDs, plus another CD containing an audio documentary, which goes nicely with the sleeve notes and rare photos in the booklet. On Strut.
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Erlon Chaves
Procura-se uma Virgem

Despite dying in 1974 at the age of just 41, Erlon Chaves is still well-known in his native land for his work in TV and film scoring. Chaves brought elements of funk and samba to the world of library music, and these unusual elements set him apart from many of his contemporaries in the field. His score for 1971 soft-porn flick Procura-se uma Virgem is a perfect setting for his groovy, slightly louche brand of soundtrack work. Now reissued via Mad About Records.
  • Vinyl LP (MAR 2)
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  • Soundtracks

Fela Kuti & Africa 70
Coffin For Head Of State

Previously only available on vinyl as part of the Box Set series many moons ago, Knitting Factory issues Fela Kuti & Africa 70’s politically and emotionally charged Coffin For Head of State album. Originally released in 1980, it takes aim at the brutality of the Nigerian army at a 1977 incident in Kalakuta, one in which Fela’s activist mother sustained serious injuries, from which she ultimately died. 
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Various
London Is The Place For Me 7: Calypso, Palm-Wine, Mento, Joropo, Steel & Stringband

Lord Kitchener arrived on the Empire Windrush in 1948. He brought with him his song, London Is The Place For Me. London is the Place For Me: Calypso, Palm-Wine, Mento, Joropo, Steel & Stringband is a compilation released by Honest Jon’s and celebrates the music of the Caribbean and its influence on British music. 
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Fela Kuti & Afrika 70
J.J.D (Johnny Just Drop!!) - Live!! At Kalakuta Republik

Previously only available on vinyl as part of the Box Set series many moons ago, Knitting Factory issues Fela Kuti’s J.J.D (Johnny Just Drop) Live at Kalakuta Republik. A ferocious collection originally released in 1977, it saw the Afrobeat icon taking aim at Nigerians who had been to Europe and America and returned to the country feeling embarrassed about their roots. 
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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) from the Kuti catalogue, along with a booklet of in-depth commentaries and essays. Perfect.
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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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Various
MOGADISCO - Dancing Mogadishu (Somalia 1972 - 1991)

Rescued from a pile of dusty cassettes in the corner of the archives of Radio Mogadishu a couple of years back, MOGADISCO - Dancing Mogadishu is one of the most lovingly compiled collections in recent memory. Capturing strange instrumental music ranging from ersatz disco tunes to background music for radio, Analog Africa’s Samy Ben Redjeb presents a real insight into Somalia’s underground over a 20-year period from 1972 to 1991. 

Fela Kuti & Afrika 70
Yellow Fever

Fela Kuti released an alarming amount of records between 1975 and 1977. When I say alarming I mean 24 albums. Yellow Fever is an incredible record in that the title track is one of Kuti's masterpieces and lyrically the album is a valiant rail against skin whitening creams. Like a lot of his albums of this era this has only been available as part of that massive box set series.  
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Fela Kuti & Afrika 70
No Agreement

There's at least one of our customers who should be happy about all these Fela Kuti re-issues... the guy who asked me all about how he could get hold of rare Fela Kuti stuff about six months ago. Whether or not this is you then you should be excited to learn that Kuti's No Agreement is now available as a single vinyl having previously only part of the box set series. It's one of Kuti's best and most overlooked albums of its era.   
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Fela Kuti & Afrika 70
V.I.P. (Vagabonds In Power)

Previously only available on vinyl as part of the Box Set series many moons ago, Knitting Factory re-issues V.I.P. (Vagabonds In Power). Originally released in 1979 and recorded at the Berlin Jazz Festival the previous autumn, it’s a portrait of Fela Kuti in transition. Not only was it recorded right between the break-up of his Africa 70 group and the formation of Egypt 80, it was the last album that Fela made with long-time drummer Tony Allen. 
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Fela Kuti
Army Arrangement

Previously only available on vinyl as part of the Box Set series many moons ago, Knitting Factory issues Fela Kuti’s Army Arrangement album. Originally released in 1985, it examined the tribulations of Nigeria’s first statewide exercises in democracy in the aftermath of a decade of military rule. 
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Fela Kuti & Egypt 80
Underground System

Previously only available on vinyl as part of the Box Set series many moons ago, Knitting Factory issues Fela Kuti’s Underground System album (also known as U.S.). Recorded with his Egypt 80 band and released in 1992, it was sadly the final album of new material in the Afrobeat legend’s lifetime. 
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El Khat
Saadia Jefferson

A hands-on, practical genius as much as he is a creative one, Tel Aviv-based musician Eyal El Wahab uses homemade instrumentation, often made from repurposed household items and discarded junk, for his latest El Khat album Saadia Jefferson, which deconstructs Arabic musical traditions and examines his identity as a Yemeni Jew living in Israel. 
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Guy Buttery & Kanada Narahari
Nāḍī

The story behind Nāḍī is an unusual one - South African musician Guy Buttery met with Ayurvedic doctor and musical therapist Kanada Narahari around three years ago in an attempt to cure a physical sense of lethargy and loss of interest in performing music. It’s an incredibly restful and restorative suite, presented here on vinyl. 
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Various
Afro Exotique - Adventures In The Leftfield, Africa 1972-82

Afro Exotique - Adventures In The Leftfield, Africa 1972-82 shows us the roots of, what are now, some very familiar sounds and the influence the music of West Africa had on funk and disco. Includes tracks by Black Reggae, Myriam Makeba, Francis Bebey, Amara Toure & Orchestre Massako and more. On Africa Seven.
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Les Filles de Illighadad
Eghass Malan

Sahel Sounds have uncovered something genuinely original and unique here. The female trio live in a remote Saharan village in Niger and have devised a style combining modern Tuareg guitar with rural tende songs, and new songs in that style. In doing so they’ve matched  traditionally female-sung folk with a modern style that’s usually the sole preserve of men. The band first left their village last year, and recorded this LP during their European tour. Fans of Tinariwen will dig this.
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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. 
  • Vinyl 12" (TRANS429X)
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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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The Good Ones
Rwanda, You Should Be Loved

With the involvement of collaborators as illustrious as Nels Cline, Kevin Shields and Corin Tucker, the latest album from Rwandan group The Good Ones is a real treat. Based on very local musical and vocal traditions, Rwanda, You Should Be Loved was recorded live and without overdubs at band leader Adrien Kazigira’s farm. 
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Miquela
I A De Sars

I A De Sars is the first and only record by Occitan artist Miquela. It is a little known album from 1978 that mixes acid folk, Braziliana, French Jazz and world music. The Occitan poet, Ives Roqueta, requested that Miquela record the album for his label Ventadorn, which he duly did. Reissue on Finders Keepers.

Rizan Said
Saz Û Dîlan

Saz Û Dîlan is the second solo album by Syrian composer, musician and producer Rizan Said. It his his take on Dabke - the traditional folk dance of Syria and surrounding countries. It is a modern, energetic updated take on the music of the dance. Said honed his craft making music for Syrian TV and film.

Kink Gong & Li Daiguo
Dali China

Kink Gong AKA French Musician Laurent Jeanneau, specialises in recording the music of ethnic minorities, mainly in South-East Asia. He happened to meet Chinese avant-garde musician Li Daiguo when they both played the same night in Chengdu. Dali China is made up from recordings of Li Daiguo playing traditional stringed instruments pipa and zheng along with the cello which have then been mixed with field recordings and electronic sounds by Kink Gong. A fascinating mix of traditional and contemporary sounds.

Fela Kuti & Roy Ayers
Music of Many Colours

The King of Afrobeat beats the Godfather of Neo-Soul. Fela Kuti and Roy Ayers met in Nigeria in 1979 when Kuti asked Ayers to support him on tour. They clicked musically and personally so decided to record together. Music of Many Colours is the the resulting album, reissued by Knitting Factory Records.