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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.

Rob
Hell Fire

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

Mabuta
Welcome To This World

Neo-jazz ensemble Mabuta group drop an eight-track LP. Despite its creators hailing from South Africa, Welcome To This World is very much of the new global school that takes in NYC’s Onyx Collective and London artists like Moses Boyd and Joe Armon-Jones. One thing that distinguishes this record is a distinct Afrofuturist bent that aligns Mabuta with the likes of Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids. As he has been decreed to do on every other record released in 2018, Shabaka Hutchings toots his horn a few times.
  • Vinyl Double LP (AFS041)
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Various
Even A Tree Can Shed Tears: Japanese Folk & Rock 1969-1973

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

Nkono Teles
Party Beats

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

Fairuz
Wahdon

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

Ahmed Ag Kaedy
Akaline Kidal

Prior to Akaline Kidal, Ahmed Ag Kaedy had been working with a band for some more filled out recordings. For this album he's gone back to the basics of the Tuareg folk tradition, recording 12 tracks with just his voice and his acoustic guitar. The album is a sombre one, as he reflects on his exile from Northern Mali, and the civil war that drove him out. 
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Amnon Raviv
Mirror

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

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

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

Grupo Pilon
Leite Quente Funaná de Cabo Verde

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

Ofege
The Last Of The Origins

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

Gyedu-Blay Ambolley
Ambolley

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

Various
Jambú e Os Míticos Sons Da Amazônia

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

Tony Allen
Lagos No Shaking


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

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

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

Sinkane
Dépaysé

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

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

Pantsula! is the name of South Africa’s 80’s dance underground culture, which grew out from the bubblegum and US-style disco, taking those starting points into even more electronic territory. This Rush Hour compilation covers the crucial years 1988 to 1990, with artists like Jazino, Kakappa and Jivaro featured. CD and double LP editions.
  • Vinyl Double LP (RHMC 003)
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Kyriakos Sfetsas
Greek Fusion Orchestra Vol​.​2

Teranga Beat had so much fun putting out the first Greek Fusion Orchestra compilation that they’ve decided to do it all again. The GFO were set up by Kyriakos Sfetsas with the intention of creating jazz fusion that drew on the nation’s traditional musics. As such, the tracks on Greek Fusion Orchestra Vol. 2 combine library-funk rhythms with all manner of Greek styles and instrumentation. These tracks are previously unreleased.

JD Twitch
A7 Edits Volume 2

Ooh yes, this is a cracking release. Africa Seven have recently started up the A7 Edits series, and after a first drop from Stefano Ritteri we now find Optimo boss JD Twitch stepping up to bat. His re-rubs of M'Bamina’s ‘Kilowi Kilowi’ and Tala AM’s ‘Arabica’ are mighty psychedelic disco bangers. Originals of both tunes are also included. We’re very much looking forward to seeing what A7 Edits do next.

Kutiman
Sakla Beni (featuring Melike Sahin)

Kutiman’s new single ‘Sakla Beni’ is a collaboration with Turkish singer Melike Şahin. This track is a righteous bit of psychedelic neo-soul, one that mixes together a thick fuzz-funk bassline, slow stomp of a groove and Anatolian rock production. The end result is not unlike those Khruangbin fellows everyone gets so excited about. The ‘Sakla Beni’ 7” comes backed with the ‘karaoke’ version.

Park Jiha
Philos

Park Jiha first came to our attention with 2018's Communion which was a compelling blend of traditional South Korean musicality with genres like jazz and ambient. On Philos she takes this same approach, but creates tracks of such great density that they can't help filling whatever room they're played in. On tak:til.

Various
Tropical Drums of Deutschland

Jan Schulte has been chasing down obscure music from one of his favourite obscure genres: faux-’tropical’ percussion music from 1980’s Germany. The resulting compilation Tropical Drums of Deutschland is full of obscure treats that really do capture some strange and special atmospheres: some jazzy, some folky, some avant-garde. Double LP on Copenhagen, also featuring two exclusive Wolf Muller edits.

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.
  • Vinyl Deluxe LP box set (KFR4005-1)
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

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 crate-digger Samy Ben Rejeb, the compilation consists of tracks cut in the two decades after Benin achieved independence in 1960. While bearing the influence of the highlife, Lagos funk and Afrobeat explosions taking place across the border in Nigeria, there are plenty of outliers here - the slippery jazz-funk of ‘Asaw Fofor’ by Ignace De Souza & The Melody Aces and the poly-workout by Lokonon Andre et Les Volcans, to name but two. Fantastic artwork as well.
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Airto Moreira, Flora Purim & Sergio Mendes
Brazil USA 70: Brazilian Music in the USA in the 1970s

Reissues of music by Brazilian or Brazilian-diaspora artists are quite in vogue at the moment, but no genre revival is truly complete until Soul Jazz Records have got in on the act. Their hat-in-the-ring is a compilation of tracks made by Brazilians who emigrated the United States in the 1970’s, as the title Brazil USA 70: Brazilian Music in the USA in the 1970s should make clear. Sergio Mendes, Milton Nascimento and Flora Purim are among the featured artists.
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Julie Coker
A Life In The Limelight: Lagos Disco & Itsekiri Highlife 1976-1981

It’s not often that we get in a record by a former Miss Western Nigeria. It’s also not often that we get in a record by a woman who was her country’s first ever female television presenter. But then again, Julie Coker is not your average artist. A friend of Fela Kuti during her heyday, the Nigerian singer and television personality is now honoured with her first compilation courtesy of Kalita Records. A Life In The Limelight: Lagos Disco & Itsekiri Highlife 1976-1981 draws from Coker's Tomorrow and Ere Yon (Sweet Songs) albums. This is a superb collection of boogie and highlife to add to the collection. Bonus points for those of you who spotted that ‘Ere Yon’ was recently re-worked by Anderson .Paak on his Oxnard LP.
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Exile One
Exile One

In 1970 Gordon Henderson moved to Guadeloupe to pursue a career in music. By 1973 he'd started his own back, Exile One. This reissue on Tidal Wave Music, of their 1974 debut, shows off the band's ability to mix together funk, soul, reggae, calypso and Haitian music. The result is fun as hell and demands that you get up and dance.

Shankar Jaikishan
Raga Jazz Style

Released in 1968 and never previously reissued until now, this is a rare wonder of a recording from the little-documented Indian jazz scene. Shankar Jaikishan and his ensemble do a masterful job of merging the traditional ragas of Indian classical music with Western swing jazz, and it comes out sounding frankly gorgeous. Raga Jazz Style is reissued by Outernational Sounds.

Rob
Rob

Despite his unassuming moniker Rob was one of the most vital Ghanaian artists of the 1970s. After cutting his teeth with the acclaimed Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou, Rob released a couple of solo LPs toward the end of the decade. Make It Fast, Make It Slow is his best-known, but his eponymous 1977 debut is a similarly delightful piece of West African funk-soul. Now we find the rare gem reissued by Mr. Bongo.
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  • Rob
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Tim Maia
Nobody Can Live Forever: The Existential Soul Of Tim Maia

Tim Maia has a lot of cultural caché in his native Brazil, but his profile in the English-speaking world could do with a little boost: enter Luaka Bop. The David Byrne-affiliated label have compiled 15 highlights from Maia’s extremely soulful career. Nobody Can Live Forever: The Existential Soul of Tim Maia is available on CD or double LP.

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.
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Luka Productions
Falaw

Luka Productions is Malian producer, Luka Guindo. Falaw is his follow-up to 2017’s Fasokan. It sees him blending West African hip-hop and folktronica. He also blends the traditional and the modern with African storytellers, or Griots being backed by Luka’s synth work and Ngonis, a traditional stringed instrument, soloing over sampled beats. LP and CD on Sahel Sounds. CD includes two exclusive tracks.
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Miramar
Salida / Urgencia

7" on Daptone from Miramar, a band based in the United States who draw on bolero, a music made popular by musicians from Cuba, Mexico and Puerto Rico. The two tracks here Salida and Urgencia are captivatingly romantic, as they expertly channel yearning and sadness. This is music that is utterly out of time, and beautiful as hell. 
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Kabasa
African Sunset

African Sunset is a very rare release from 1982 by Kabasa, a very fine South African band. Popular global eighties sounds are brought into dialogue with South African styles and instrumentation, with plenty of funk and jazz to be found in there. It is very unlikely that you already own African Sunset, so take advantage of this remastered reissue!
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  • BBE
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

The Mauskovic Dance Band
The Mauskovic Dance Band

The Mauskovic Dance Band hail from Amsterdam, and have a rich sound that has grown organically out of the international whirl-pot that is that city. Lots of vibes from Colombian and Peruvian music, as well as disco from space, a bit of psych, some afrobeat, and much more, all filtered down through a vivid no wave approach. Lots to enjoy here, but most crucially, you can really get down to it. Eponymous debut album, on Soundway.
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BCUC
Emakhosini

Released early in 2018 and named The Guardian’s world music album of the year, BCUC’s sophomore record Emakhosini gets a re-issue on CD and vinyl. Recorded in Lyon at the height of summer 2017 in a series of one-take sessions, it’s an intoxicating mix of funk, jazz, hip-hop and punk attitude. On Buda Musique.
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Ebo Taylor, Pat Thomas & Uhuru Yenzu
Hitsville Re-Visited

Good old crate digger label Mr Bongo here turns up a treat in the form of this 1982 LP by highlife super-trio Ebo Taylor, Pat Thomas and Uhuru Yenzu. Each artist was a master of the form in their own right, and Hitsville Re-Visited is a perfect distillation of their shared love for highlife and funk. Four bright and gorgeous cuts, presented in fully-official reissue form.
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Mdou Moctar
Ilana (The Creator)

Mdou Moctar has been a staple of the Sahel Sounds roster for several years now, but his fervid brand of Tuareg guitar music never tires us no matter how many times we hear it. Ilana (The Creator) is also Moctar’s first studio LP recorded with a live band, a factor that gives these charismatic desert blues numbers additional bite. Yet again Sahel Sounds have knocked it out the park.
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

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 album offers fascinating and unusual textures in two separate parts: a new orchestral reinterpretation of an Egyptian classic on side A and some full-on avant garde skewing of traditional Arabic styles on side B. Something highly modern, unique, diasporic and well-made.

Various
Soothing Songs For Babies. Berceuses Du Monde

Utilitarian music can also be beautiful! Soothing Songs For Babies collects 19 lullabies from all four corners of the globe. Curated by Musée d’Ethnographie De Genève’s head of Ethnomusicology and released on Mental Groove Records. Contains liner notes in English and French on both vinyl and CD versions.
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Pierre Sandwidi
Le Troubadour De La Savane 1976-1980

Pierre Sandwidi, nicknamed "the troubadour from the bush", was known for his beautifully crafted lyrics and political commentary, both present and correct on this collection of his best work from the late '70s and early '80s. An exciting record documenting the rich and diverse Burkino Faso music scene. 
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

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 his sound is in fuller effect than African Dances. One of these three lengthy dancefloor smashes is the crucial ‘Agboju Logun’.

Songhoy Blues
Music in Exile

From between Timbuktu, which despite what you may have been taught as a child isn't as far away as you may think, and Gao come Songhoy Blues, a band who play some of the traditional styles of the Songhoy and blues. Fleeing unrest in their homeland, they play ‘in exile’. Oumar Toure, Aliou Toure and Garba Toure blend the styles beautifully and seamlessly. CD and vinyl on Transgressive.
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Hoodna Orchestra
Ofel

Much, if not most, modern music has its roots in Africa, but the twelve-piece ensemble Hoodna Orchestra aim to make that explicit by studying these traces back to their original source while simultaneously fusing these sounds together. They do so with tremendous precision and expertise, as demonstrated throughout the entirety of 2018s ‘OFEL’.

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 flourished. This compilation celebrates the golden sound of Khartoum; the capital city's musical history is celebrated across the decades from the '70s to the '90s, when music was made by Sudanese exiles. A fascinating and diverse collection. Triple LP in a gatefold sleeve or on double-cd in a bookcase, both come complete with a very nice illustrated booklet and 20,000-word liner notes.
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Islam Chipsy & EEK
Kahraman

Six new tracks from one of the most thrilling live prospects there is. Islam Chipsy is an Egyptian keyboard genius, spinning melodies with the instinct of a spider spinning a web. He's joined again by his two drummers EEK on Kahraman, their first release since 2015's electrifying Kahraba. First release on Islam Chipsy's own label.

Maurice Louca
Elephantine

On Elephantine, Maurice Louca and his 12-piece ensemble bring together the cosmic jazz of Sun Ra and a variety of influences from Louca's own Egypt. The result is something majestic and sublime, anchored by Louca's piano and guitar playing, and occasionally loosed into free jazz ecstasy. Released on Sub Rosa.

Senyawa
Sujud

Who wouldn’t love Senyawa, the duo from Indonesia who combine traditional Indonesian folklore and music with black metal vocals, noise textures, and all manner besides. Sujud is their new record, and features a specially home-built guitar as well as Rully Shabara’s incredible vocals. On Sublime Frequencies.

Ekuka Morris Sirikiti
Ekuka

The first wide release of Ekuka Morris Sirikiti’s live radio broadcasts previously only heard within each station's range in North Uganda. Made between 1978-2003, these recordings show case Sirikiti's mastery of the Lukeme, a small handheld thumb piano, on which he produces hypnotic rhythms and melodies. Songs cover everything from venereal disease to reminders to be a good husband. 
  • Vinyl Double LP (NNT007)
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Necktr
Something's Happening

Something's Happening in this here Leeds. Something that draws on jazz and hip hop and funk and soul. It's fluid and fluent and you can dance to it if you like. That something is Necktr's debut four track EP. Jazz is hot right now, and the marketplace for this sort of stuff has never been more crowded. But Necktr's sense of togetherness is strong enough to shine through. On Wormfood.
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Various
An Anthology Of Greek Experimental Electronic Music 1966-2016

Those smart people over at Sub Rosa here provide a great overview of Experimental Electronic Music made by Greek artists over a fifty year period. There is a great deal to love and discover here, from the bossman Iannis Xenakis himself to contemporary practitioners like Dimitra Lazaridou-Chatzigoga and Free Piece Of Tape. A very high-grade anthology, whatever your starting point.

Teruhisa Fukuda (Shakuhachi Master)
Japan

Teruhisa Fukuda is a great master of the shakuhachi, a special bamboo flute with a very particular sound, rich in overtones and wonder. Japon contains seven pieces for solo shakuhachi, and you’d better believe that these recordings of each piece are nigh-on definitive. A fine collection, on VDE.
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  • VDE
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Grup Ses and Ethnique Punch
Deli Divan

Interesting stuff here from Grup Ses, with an album of two halves The intoxicating beat tracks that Grup Ses puts together, using distant Turkish samples and flavoured grooves, are powerful both on their own and supporting vocals, and that’s what we get on Deli Divan: the same tracks twice, once with verses by Ethnique Punch and once without. Fabulous beat atmospheres on Souk Records.

Akiko Yano
Japanese Girl

Reissue of Akiko Yano's debut album Japanese Girl from WEWANTSOUNDS. First released in 1976, Japanese Girl mixes together elements of Japanese folk music with 70s rock and funk to create something hypnotic. Yano's vocals dance around the instrumentation with a sense of joy and yearning, providing an emotional anchor for the album.

Various
Grabar y Coagular - A History of Audio Pieces by Peruvian Artists (1972​-​2018)

We’ve really got it all here: today we have a collection of pieces of sound art by Peruvian artists, representing a time-span of more than 45 years. Grabar y Coagular is a disc of wonders, with sound works that use text, voice, language, and, in one case, the use of a turntable needle on a CD. Explorative compilation on Buh Records.

Various
Jamaica Jazz from Federal Records: Carib Roots, Jazz, Mento, Latin, Merengue & Rhumba 1960-1968

Federal Records is generally considered to be responsible for birthing Rocksteady in the 1960’s, but Jamaica’s first recording studio also had a nice little side-thing going for jazz records at the same time. New Dub Store compilation Jamaica Jazz from Federal Records: Carib Roots, Jazz, Mento, Latin, Merengue & Rhumba 1960-1968 collates some crucial cuts from the period. Features Ernest Ranglin, Count Owen & His Calypsonians, Cecil Lloyd and many more.

Tom Zé
Estudando O Samba

Good pub quiz fact (if you're in a particular muso pub, that is) - Tom Zé was the first artist to sign to David Byrne’s Luaka Bop label. Zé’s career spans many decades, epochs and styles, but most of his fans can agree that 1976’s Estudando o Samba is one of the Brazilian’s finest hours. A kaleidoscopic mix of soul, samba, folk, funk and more, there’s good reason that this LP was included on Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 best Brazilian records. Now Estudando o Samba has been reissued by the excellent Mr. Bongo.
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

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 soundtrack is set to wax here by Brussels imprint Okraina Records. Wukir Suyandi proves himself a whizz on several instruments, while singer Rully Shabara has a beautiful voice and a great range.
  • Vinyl 10" (Okraïna #10)
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Various
Nigeria 70: No Wahala: Highlife, Afro-Funk & Juju 1973-1987

Yes. Great news. Strut have been good to us in their two decades as a label, and one of the undisputed highlights of their catalogue is the Nigeria 70 series. As such, it makes perfect sense that Strut should grace us with a new instalment as part of their 20th birthday celebrations. No Wahala: Highlife, Afro-Funk & Juju 1973-1987 is another peerless collection of Lagos boogie tunes. Features Sir Victor Uwaifo, International Brothers Band and Etubom Rex Williams among others.
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Ekiti Sound
Abeg No Vex

Ekiti Sounds debut album is the sound of Lagos vis London and back again. On Abeg No Vex, the producer brings together disparate strains of electronic music and ties them together with the afropunk spirit. Ekiti Sounds aka Leke, is well practiced in production, having worked as a sound designed in Nollywood. On Crammed Discs.
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

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.

Dexter Story
Bahir

Dexter Story has been a busy music business man for some time now. Now he takes a personal turn with Bahir, an album that draws on experiences in Africa by bringing together LA and African musicians. There are so many different kinds of grooves here, gorgeously mixed-up with jazz aspects and psychedelia. A great step forward for Dexter Story.
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Various
Brazil Primitivo Vol.1: Rhythms, Legends & Styles (1899-1963)

Sound Miracle Recordings have released a sixteen track compilation of overlooked Brazilian artists spanning 1899 to 1963. They rail against 'trad-samba and recycled bossa nova' instead plumping for a selection of 'ancient rhythms and colourful sounds'. This is clearly a seminal work that deserves investigation. For fans of Esquivel! and The Lounge Lizards.
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

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

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

Sir Richard Bishop & W. David Oliphant / Karkhana with Nadah El Shazly
Carte Blanche

Karkhana are something of a supergroup, with more Middle Eastern and Mediterranean talent than I can reasonably name. Here they play vivid instrumentals while Nadah El Shazly sings at the core of the sound. On the B-side, the most lordly of the Sun City Girls, Sir Alan Bishop, sets forth along with partner in crime W. David Oliphant for some loud fun. Split LP on Unrock.

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 LP on Analog Africa.
  • Vinyl Double LP (AALP080)
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Various
This Is Frafra Power: New Music From Bongo, Bolgatanga, Ghana — Upper East Region

This Is Frafra is a collection of music sourced and recorded by Francis Ayamga (that’s King Ayisoba’s drummer) in his studio in northern Ghana. It is therefore a snapshot of a group of artists that few outside the region will have heard before, so what a fine resource this is. Vivid and exciting and intimate music. Released on Makkum with the assistance of The Ex’s Arnold de Boer.
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Various
Africa Airways Five (Brace Brace Boogie 1976 - 1982)

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it the fifth entry in the ever wonderful Africa Airway series? What I can tell you is that it features boogie tracks from the likes of The Black Bells Group, Dikalo and Mekongo President representing Cameroon, Nigeria, Ghana, and more. So which was it? I leave that up to you.
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Okyerema Asante
Sabi (Get Down)

The first you need to know that this track is fourteen minutes long. Ghanaian musician Okyerema Asante's Sabi (Get Down) is an entire disco all on its own. Released in the early 80s it has been long sought after and has featured in sets by Giles Peterson, Hunee and Lakuti. The b-side, 'That's My Girl' is just as mighty. Reissued by Kalita Records.

Zogo
Africa

Funky banger, Africa by outrageous Cameroonian artist, Zogo, was originally released 40 years ago. It’s anniversary reissue on Banquise includes three additional mixes. A disco dub take by Dan Shake of Mahogani Music, a remix by Falomour and TVfrom86’s edit. 4-track 12” EP on Banquise.
  • Vinyl 12" (BAN 001)
  • £12.49 £11.24 (saving: £1.25)
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Okay Temiz / Johnny Dyani
Witchdoctor's Son

Recorded in Istanbul in 1976, this obscure gem captures a group led by Turkish drummer Okay Temiz and South African pianist and bassist Johnny Dyani, each getting a side-full of their own arrangements. Consider Don Cherry (whose "Marimba, Goddess Of Music” is adapted here) at his most unfettered and you’ll have some idea what to expect. Spaced out, funky, exotic and bursting with enthusiasm and energy, this is a daring, eclectic and wildly successful feat of fusion.

Hama
Houmeissa

Hama is a Nigerian-based composer and this record genuinely sounds pretty fun. Apparently a mix of 90's synth-pop and 'traditional electronic desert folk', what couldn't be to love? I wasn't even aware that contemporary electronic desert folk was a thing, let alone traditional - we live and we learn. Houmeissa is available on Vinyl LP and CD, and released on Sahel Sounds. 

Sir Shina Peters
Sewele

Juju master Sir Shina Peters dropping a bomb of high-energy joy straight from 1986 Lagos. Sewele is being reissued on vinyl for the first time, and features Shina in a transitional period into what would become the hallmark style with His Famous Allstars. Join him on his journey from old school Juju to inventing the classic Afro Juju.
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Tanzania Albinism Collective
White African Power (We Live In Danger) / Stigma Everywhere

If you live in Tanzania and are albino, life is damn hard. The country’s albino population have long been attacked, ostracised and persecuted. Many are abandoned by their families on Ukerewe, an inland island that can only be reached by a four-hour ferry trip. In 2016 the Tinariwen producer Ian Brennan travelled to Ukerewe to run songwriting workshops with the island’s albino community. Considering that many of those involved initially had no confidence to either sing or dance, the fact that the Tanzania Albinism Collective have made a record at all is a great triumph. That ‘White African Power (We Live In Danger)’ and ‘Stigma Everywhere’ are such potent pieces of protest music only makes them more necessary.
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Romperayo
Que Jue?

Romperayo is Pedro Ojeda from Colombia. Pedro is primarily a drummer, but on second Romperayo album Que Jue? he also picks up a bunch of samplers and instruments in order to go it alone. The resulting tracks are vivid and intensely rhythmic, with sounds piling up on top of each other without ever quite falling over. Out on Souk Records.

Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba
Miri

Bassekou Kouyate, back once again with his mighty band Ngoni Ba, has a new album for us all to enjoy: Miri. The amplified ngoni leads things, blending roots and blues influences with plenty of intricate playing. He really is the ngoni maestro. Multiple guests include Majid Bekkas and Abdoulaye Diabate. Released by Out Here.
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Americo Brito and Djarama
Nha D’stine

This reissue of Americo Brito and Djarama's Nha D'stine is the second release on Mar & Sol. Brito was born in Cape Verde before moving to Portugal, and finally Rotterdam. There he and Djarama recorded Nha D'stine, at the time one of the most successful example of Cape Veridian music. Eight tracks of positive dance music. 
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Sourakata Koite
En Hollande

Awesome Tapes From Africa by name, awesome tapes from Africa by nature. For the label’s latest trick they pull a reissue of Senegalese musician Sourakata Koite’s 1985 LP En Hollande out the bag. A master of the kora - a 21-string West African harp - Koite lays down a selection of ebullient, trilling tracks here. The frequent kora overdubs give the record a great feeling of motion. It’s no surprise to find out that Manu Dibango and Jacques Higelin are fans of Koite’s work.
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Hailu Mergia
Hailu Mergia & His Classical Instrument: Shemonmuanaye

Hailu Mergia’s career was reignited by the 2013 Awesome Tapes From Africa reissue of his LP Hailu Mergia And His Classical Instrument (Shemonmuanaye). The Ethiopian jazz mainstay had made this record in the mid-1980’s with a few keyboards, a drum machine and most importantly an accordion. A hit in his homeland, Mergia saw little of the album’s success - he was living, and still lives, in the U.S.A. when Shemonmuanaye was released. However, the response to ATFA’s re-release of the LP has been so big that Mergia is now back touring and recording new music again (see his excellent 2017 LP Lala Belu). You’ll not hear much like Shemonmuanaye, mind - the combination of pitter-patter drums, jazz-funk keys and slippery accordion is highly unusual and very charming.
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Salm
Salm Volume Two - Gaelic Psalms from the Hebrides of Scotland

Salm Volume Two - Gaelic Psalms from the Hebrides of Scotland, continues on from volume one on Arc Light Editions of gaelic psalms recordings. The traditional psalm signing from a mixture of congregational choir and individual voices was recorded in 2004 in the Back Free Church, Isle of Lewis, Scotland.
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David Attenborough
My Field Recordings from Across the Planet

The People’s Princess aka David Attenborough releases a collection of field recordings that he made in the ‘50s and ‘60s. Surprisingly this set is more Alan Lomax than Chris Watson - many of the tracks here are tapes of indigenous musics from Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Madagascar and many other places Attenborough went on his travels. My Field Recordings From Across The Globe comes with photographs and extensive liner notes.
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Mulatu Astatke
Ethiopian Modern Instrumentals Hits

The Heavenly Sweetness label get in there at the right time with their reissue of 1972’s Ethiopian Modern Instrumentals Hits. Released just as the Ethio-jazz revival hits fever-pitch, this LP features a bunch of cuts by the big man Mulatu Astatke as well as two entries apiece from Tèsfa-Maryam Kidané and Bahta Gèbrè-Heywèt. The styles range from classic Ethio-jazz slinks (Astake’s ‘Metche Dershe’) to hard-bopping twelve-bar blues (Kidane’s ‘Yetesfa Tezeta’).

Aksak Maboul
Un peu l'Ame des bandits

Listen back to the early roots of the Crammed Discs label, with this essential album by Aksak Maboul, the Belgian avant-rock group lead by label-runner Marc Hollander and also featuring such luminaries as Fred Frith and Chris Cutler of Henry Cow! Un peu ‘Ame des bandits is an amazing smorgasbord of a listen, spiralling through ambient, punk, turkish, tango and various avanty genres with breathtaking agility. Reissued, with bonus previously unreleased tracks, by Crammed Discs.
  • Vinyl LP (CRAM002LP)
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Orchestre Abass
De Bassari Togo

Analog Africa with yet another fine rare LP here. This one comes courtesy of Orchestre Abass, a West African rock group who scored a couple of hits in the early ‘70s before falling into obscurity. When the Analog Africa boss came across a bunch of old Polygram tapes in an Accra warehouse a few years back he immediately made to check if there was any Orchestre Abass among them. There was, and when he got his hands on super-rare single ‘Honam’ the label’s latest release started to take shape. Thus have we De Bassari Togo, a collection of hot-wired Afrofunk to kick it with the best of them.
  • Vinyl LP (AADE010)
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  • Limited edition
  • Indies-only
  • Last copy
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Jah Gumby
Humility: The Vibes of Jah G

A record of loud and clear dub from Hawaiian musician Jah Gumby here. Apparently Gumby (real name Ryan Murakami) can play ‘almost every instrument’ according to the press release for Humility: The Vibes Of Jah G. Whether that’s even possible is up for debate, but Murakami certainly does make the most of his talents on this LP. His dexterity on everything from guitar to keys to delay units leads the record to some interesting sonic crossovers - flamenco, lover’s rock, salsa and more are all mixed up with the rocksteady grooves.
  • Vinyl Double LP (AGS-LP005)
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Fabiano Do Nascimento
Tempo Dos Mestres

Fabiano Do Nascimento is a Brazilian guitarist who draws on the rich swirl of musical history in the country to create his own special blend. Tempo Dos Mestres was recorded live in the studio with a small band made up of a percussionist, a sax / flute player and two vocalists. No overdubs, just directly-flowing liquid guitar magic. Released by No-Again.
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Yoruba Singers
Fighting For Survival

Holding the prestigious title of longest running music group from Guyana (since 1971 would you believe!), Yoruba Singers created a blend of traditional rhythms, Highlife influenced guitar and calypso. Fighting for Survival was originally released in 1981 and is considered to be the band's finest.  
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

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. 

Clan Caimán
Clan Caimán

Argentinian musician and producer, Emilio Haro’s inspiration for his newly formed quintet Clan Caiman to create a sound that pre-dates rock music but also runs in parallel with it - little bits of psychedelic guitar, lap steel and bass may have been picked up by the rolling stone along the way - but the main sound here is built upon an instrument invented by Haro, the Kalimbafon, making their self-titled debut unlike anything else that came before it. LP on EM Records.
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Night Force & The Tom Cats
Dance

Some superb old boogie from Afrosynth Records here. Night Force originally released the energetic ‘Dance’ in Europe in 1980, but the track was officially slowed down (from 45 rpm to 33) for the South African edition a year later. It is the latter we concern ourselves with here. The 1981 release was bolstered by four sleek, sexy SA disco tunes from The Tom Cats. Anyone with an interest in the rainbow nation’s house styles should give this one a spin.

Feeling Kréyol
Las Palé

A rare zouk gem gets reissued by Strut here. Originally cut in 1988, Guadeloupian vocal trio Feeling Kréyol achieved modest domestic success with the title track from Las Palé. However, the album didn’t get them anywhere and now stands as their only release. A recent revival in interest in the record - Motor City Drum Ensemble and Invisible City are among those to have championed Las Palé - has eventually led to the album being given this new lease of life.
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Various
Welcome To Zamrock! Vol. 1: How Zambia’s Liberation Led To A Rock Revolution 1972-77

Zamrock, in case you have been depriving yourself of its joy, is the sound that Zambia came up with in the 1970’s in response to the twin wonders of James Brown-esque funk and psychedelic rock from the likes of Jimi Hendrix. This rich compilation walks you through the story of the genre and gives you some amazing tracks to get funky with. Double LP and CD edition with book, on Now-Again.
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Pat Thomas
Coming Home

Stunning collection of Ghanaian Big Band music covering Pat Thomas’ huge body of work from 1961 to 1984. Coming Home includes some highlights from his collaborations with The Black Berets and Ebo Taylor, who he formed The Sweet Beans with, and they would then reform as Marijata. The collection tracks his moves around the world bringing the Ghanaian “Highlife” sound with him.
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Ondatropica
Baile Bucanero

Ondatrópica’s second record features more than thirty musicians playing in a style that mixes the multiple influences of Bogota and Old Providence, the two locations in which it was recorded. Baile Bucanero shows off a funky Calypso / Gaita big-band in full-flow, and melodic joy-grooves dominate in every track. Released by Soundway.
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Shye Ben Tzur, Jonny Greenwood & Rajasthan Express
Junun

Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest film, Tunun, impressionistically documents the recording sessions that led to this album. Jonny Greenwood, with his Radiohead pedigree, will attract the most attention, but it is qawwali group Rajasthan Express and composer Shye Ben Tzur who are the real centre of this collection. Fantastic devotional performances, highly recommended. On Nonesuch.

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