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Antonio Carlos Jobim
Wave

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Sessa
Grandeza

Grandeza is the debut solo album by Brazilian musician, Sessa. Those who follow their Brazillian music will know him as a founding member of psych-rockers Garotas Suecas and from his collaborations with New York-based experimental guitarist Yontan Gat. This album however, sees him move in the direction Brazilian pop, Spiritual and free jazz and a vibe that comes off like Leonard Cohen-meets-Tropicalia.
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Dewa Alit & Gamelan Salukat
Genetic

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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.

Seu Jorbe & Rogê
Night Dreamer Direct-To-Disc Sessions

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Africa Airways Six (Mile High Funk 1974 - 1981)

The Africa Airways series on the Africa Seven label returns with its sixth instalment. Africa Airways Six (Mile High Funk 1974 - 1981) is a scintillating ten-track collection featuring the likes of Cameroonian artist Eko Roosevelt, Nigerian street funk from Akwassa and former Osibisa bassist JK Mandengue. 
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Ofege
Try And Love

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Rob
Make It Fast, Make It Slow

The second of two albums that the mysterious Ghanaian artist Rob recorded for the Essiebons label in 1977, Make It Fast, Make It Slow is re-issued as a response to popular demand on Soundway. The overtly religious themes and the wonky, off-key funk atmosphere make it a real oddity from the afro-funk scene of West Africa in the Seventies, but the title track endures as a cult favourite today. 
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Antonio Adolfo
Viralata

Viralata is the big classic for explorers of Brazilian progressive jazz-funk, standing tall above the rest with its fabulous grooves. Antonio Adolfo and his band really nailed it here, earning the album a surprise afterlife as a favourite in seminal London dubstep club Plastic People… Needless to say original copies of this are supremely rare, but this first-time vinyl reissue is here to save the day! On Far Out Recordings.

Gigi
Illuminated Audio

A first-ever vinyl release for Illuminated Audio, an album of dub reinterpretations by producer Bill Laswell of Ethiopian singer Ejigayehu Shibabaw (a.k.a. Gigi). Following the release of her self-titled major-label album in 2001, recorded alongside legendary jazz names such as Wayne Shorter, Laswell embarked on a series of ambient re-works of the record, which were released on CD in 2003 and which brought out Gigi’s deep musicality. 

Revelation
Love Affairs

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A. Kostis
The Jail's A Fine School

Archival Greek rebetika music here from A. Kostis, unearthed from the 1930’s. Vivid tales of crime and prison are Kostis’ stock-in-trade, accompanied by remarkable guitar. The Jail’s A Fine School has never been released on vinyl before: that, coupled with the relative obscurity of the rebetika form, means that not many have heard this. Change that now.

Jake Sollo
Boogie Legs

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Sharhabil Ahmed
The King Of Sudanese Jazz

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Oneness of Juju
African Rhythms 1970-1982

African Rhythms 1970-1982 is a triple-LP / double-CD compilation tracing the career of Plunky J. Branch’s Oneness of Juju across their many iterations. An expansion of an existing compilation dating from 2001, with liner notes by Chris Menist, the music within has been has been highly sought-after by rare groove collectors and DJs for years. 

Voz di Sanicolau
Fundo De Marê Palinha

Fundo de Marê Palinha is, sadly, the only evidence that the extraordinarily talented Cabo Verdean septet Voz di Sanicolau ever existed. Laid down in a studio in Rotterdam over just a few days in 1976, it’s a tight collection of urgent coladeira-derived grooves, and is re-issued on 10” vinyl on Analog Africa. 

Fela Ransome Kuti & His Highlife Rakers
Fela's First - The Complete 1959 Melodisc Session

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Serginho Meriti
Bons Momentos

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Jungle By Night
Spending Week (Oceanic Remix) / Hangmat (Bruxas Remix)

Jungle by Night are a young, nine-piece electronic / dance band from Amsterdam. Two of their tracks have been remixed for this 12”. Spending Week gets remixed by Oceanic, a fellow Amsterdam resident. On the flip Portugese duo, Bruxas add their sun-kissed psychedelic style to Hangmat. On New Dawn.
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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.

Adaye
Turn It Up

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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. 

Keleketla!
Keleketla!

Originally established as an international collaboration project between Coldcut and a selection of South African musicians, Keleketla! includes a dizzying number of star names who forged the material over sessions in London and Johannesburg, including new British jazz figurehead Shabaka Hutchings and the late Afrobeat pioneer Tony Allen.

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. 

Keleketla!
Future Toyi Toyi / Crystallise

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Tidiane Thiam
Siftorde

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Skinshape
Umoja

Will Dorey’s fifth Skinshape album dives completely into the pool of African musical inspiration that he’d been only drawing upon until now. Featuring guest musicians such as Malcolm Catto, Idd Aziz and Modou Touré, Umoja is a joyous and accessible take on the rhythms and musical styles that the continent has produced. 

Various
If I Had a Pair of Wings: Jamaican Doo Wop, Vol. 1

Essential collection of Jamaican doo wop and R&B dating from the 50s to the early 60s. What’s really exciting here is the early of traces ska emerging from what may initially appear to be a replication of American sounds. Many of the artists here would become essential in the development of ska and reggae, such as Alton Ellis and Jimmy Cliff. It documents a moment of transition, a key part of Jamaican musical history. The cassette is put out by Death is Not The End.
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Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band
My Jamaican Dub / The Healer

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Ahmed Ag Kaedy
Akaline Kidal

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Zenobia
Halak Halak

At the cutting-edge of Palestine’s rapidly expanding electronic music scene, Haifa-based duo Zenobia (consisting of Nasser Halahlih and Isam Elias) present their much-anticipated debut album Halak Halak, capitalising on the buzz generated by their first EP and combining Levantine folk sounds with synths and powerful percussion. 

Kutiman
Wachaga

Based upon field recordings from the titular area of Tanzania of local musicians in 2014 and then built up from his home studio, Wachaga is a long-awaited album from Israeli musician Ophir Kutiel, a.k.a. Kutiman. The rhythm patterns, chants and repetitive passages provide a platform for Kutiman’s psychedelic explorations. 

Various
Early Works: Funk, Soul and Afro Rarities from the Archives

Early Works: Funk, Soul and Afro Rarities from the Archives is a compilation from the early days of the ATA label and have since been unavailable. Among the tracks are the first three recordings The Sorcerers and the first recordings of The Mandatory Eight and The Yorkshire Film and Television Orchestra. The Lamp Lighters, The Rev Barrington Stanley and The Cadets also feature. 

Piper
Gentle Breeze

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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. 

Saba Alizadeh
Scattered Memories

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Edikanfo
The Pace Setters

One for fans of Brian Eno and David Byrne’s genre-splicing My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts, the 1981 debut album from Ghanaian outfit Edikanfo is getting its first-ever vinyl re-issue, with extensive liner notes. Produced by Eno himself in Ghana’s capital Accra, The Pace Setters is a psychedelic meeting of highlife music and afro-funk. 

Les Filles de Illighadad
Eghass Malan

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Mamman Sani
Unreleased Tapes 1981-1984

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Evritiki Zygia
Ormenion

Ormenion is a place in Northern Greece that shares its border with Bulgaria and Turkey - a region known as Thrace. Immigration and its mix of traditions is essential to the region. Evritiki Zygia formed over a decade ago, spurred on by these traditions and different cultures, with the aim of keeping Thracian music alive. They kept their music very local until an appearance at Womex in 2018 introduced their music to a wider audience. Ormenion was recorded live to capture the essence of the band - their live energy. 

The Mauskovic Dance Band
Shadance Hall

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Om Kalsoum
Alf Leila Wa Leila

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Nkem Njoku & Ozzobia Brothers
Ozobia Special

Nkem Njoku & Ozzobia Brothers only made one album together but it is a good one. Originally released in 1981 it is a Gospel-tinged feast out of Ghana which highlights sharp brass, energetic percussion and distinctive guitar work. Certainly one of the best of the West African productions of the era, the album now sees a re-issue on BBE Africa. 

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. 

Kim Jinmuk
Indo-Coreana

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Piper
Summer Breeze

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Piper
Piper 3CD Collection

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Street Kids
Game No. 1 / Last Night (You Moved Me)

Game No.1 by South African 5-piece Street Kids was originally released in 1983. It features all the smooth, soulful, squelchy disco funk you could want on one track. On the other side you get (Last Night) You Moved Me, an even smoother tune to end the night with. Both tracks featured on the band’s 1984 album Dancin’ All Night. On Rush Hour.
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Frank and His Sisters
Frank and His Sisters

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Super Mama Djombo
Na Cambança

Having formed in the late 1960s, Super Mama Djombo are the big name West African state Guiné Bissau's big name. 'Na Cambança' was their breakthrough record, inspired by children's songs yet politically conscious. An essential grass roots slab of history, reissued for modern day enjoyment.  

Hamlet Minassian
Armenian Pop Music

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Various
Habibi Funk 007: An Eclectic Selection

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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.
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Marcos Valle
Garra

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Omar Souleyman
Wenu Wenu


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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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Various
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.

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.

Erasmo Carlos
Carlos, ERASMO

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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.

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. 

Kufuki
Dodome EP

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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. 

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. 

Sibusile Xaba
Ngiwu 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. Ngiwu 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.

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. 

Tori Kudo
The Last Song Of My Life

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Black Market Brass
Undying Thirst

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Marcos Valle & Azymuth
Fly Cruzeiro

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Maher Shalal Hash Baz
Je est un autre

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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!

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.

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. 

The Master Musicians Of Jajouka featuring Bachir Attar
Apocalypse Across The Sky

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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. 

Various
Rhythm Showcase Vol. 1

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Denis Mpunga & Paul K
Criola

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Various
Uzelli Psychedelic Anadolu

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Masumi Hara
4 X A Dream

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Various
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.

DJ Sotofett & Osaruxo
Hebi

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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. 

Hoodoo Fushimi
Kusaya

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Hany Mehanna
The Miracles Of The Seven Dances

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Manu Dibango
Waka Juju

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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.

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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