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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.
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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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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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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
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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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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Songhoy Blues
Meet Me In The City EP

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

El Wali
Tiris

Originally released as a CD in the Nineties, to which it got a practically non-existent reception, Tiris captures the sound of El Wali, a Sahrawi band performed a politically sharpened form of folk music. This set was recorded in 1994 in Belgium while the band was on a European tour, and is presented on vinyl for the first time. 
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Shina Williams & His African Percussions
Shina Williams

Here is a first official re-press of the second album by Lagos bandleader Shina Williams. Where his debut was a fun afrobeat and disco - inspired fusion, this 1980 self-titled album delves deeper into hypnotic grooves which have a much more raw and vital feel about them. Truly a lost classic, it should liven up any forward thinking dancefloor this Christmas. Quality re-issue from Mr. Bongo. 
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Peter King
Omo Lewa

Peter King may have the everyday moniker of the guy down the pub who fixes your washing machine but he is in fact a lauded Nigerian band leader and multi-instrumentalist whose work blends funk, afrobeat and jazz. Omo Lewa is often cited as his finest work and has been lovingly re-issued by Mr Bongo who also previously re-issued his Miliki Sound album. 
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Issam Hajali
Mouasalat Ila Jacad El Ard

Some obscure jazz / folk stuff here. The Stewart Lees of this world probably remember Issam Hajali for being in the band Ferkat Al Ard who hail from Lebanon. Many of you wont. Anyway, he released a little known album called Mouasalat Ila Jacad El Ard in 1977. It blended jazz and folk with traditional Arabic music and sounds from Iran. It was only released as a run of 75 cassettes. This music is highly sought after by collectors - an album by Ferkat Al Ard sold for $5000 dollars in 2019.
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Body Beat: Soca-Dub And Electronic Calypso (1979-98)

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

Confusingly the label is called 180g and the record is on 180g vinyl. Or maybe that's not confusing at all. What we have here are some far out contemporary groove from the far east from this multi instrumentalist and member of Kingdom Afrocks. The original edition came out on Jazzy Sport and amongst its fans were the guys from Lights in the Attic who were impressed by its afrobeat - leaning take on modern production. Get on it.  
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Antoinette Konan
Antoinette Konan

Originally released in 1986, the self-titled debut from Ivorian musician Antoinette Konan was based almost entirely around the ahoko instrument - which adorns the album’s front cover. It’s often credited with bringing new energy to the African country’s Baoulé scene, and is presented here via Awesome Tapes From Africa on vinyl and CD. 
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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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Nina Atsuko
Play Room

As a rare slice of 80's urban jazz fusion, Nina Atsuko's 'Play Room' very much glided the wave of the big Japanese city pop revival, but with the singer-songwriter's very own unique slant on things. Nearly 40 years since its original release, this 10-track-long piece is a real Japanese city pop gem waiting to be re-discovered.

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Pour Me A Grog: The Funaná Revolt in 1990s Cabo Verde

'Pour Me A Grog' is a loving examination of funaná, a music based on the gaita (accordion) instrument originating in Cabo Verde in the second half of the 20th century. In the context of colonial rule, it was a heavily policed music, but in the 90s, when the islands held their first democratic elections, the scene’s leading lights were finally let loose in studios. This is a snapshot of that time. 
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Sidiku Buari
Disco Soccer

The first ever vinyl re-issue of Disco Soccer, the 1979 album from Alhaji Sidiku Buari. Originally an athlete, a music scholarship in America turned the Ghanaian-born star into a musician when he became attracted by baseball and was noticed as a potential music star because of the team chants he developed. If you’re a fan of disco or boogie, Disco Soccer is a true lost gem of the late Seventies. 
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Nigeria Soul Power 70 - Afro-Funk, Afro-Rock, Afro-Disco

Originally released as a 7” singles box set, Nigeria Soul Power 70 finally gets a re-issue that’s befitting of the legendary status that the original release has among fans. Concentrating on the funk, rock and disco scenes in Nigeria during the Seventies, particularly focussing on the output of the group known as Wings / BAF Wings, an army band that formed during the Biafran Civil War, it’s an expanded re-issue delivered by Soul Jazz on deluxe slipcase CD or double vinyl. 
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Kalmykian Archaic and Soviet Folk

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

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Heavenly Ethiopiques – The Best of the Ethiopiques Series

Culled from 28 CD releases to date, this is a compilation of highlights from the well-regarded Ethiopiques series. An incredible range of artists known and unknown populate this release, including Getachew Mekuria and Seyoum Gebreyes. The perfect introduction to the series. Lushly packaged double LP on the delightfully named Heavenly Sweetness label.

Abdallah Ag Oumbadougou
Anou Malane

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

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

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

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Congo Revolution – Revolutionary and Evolutionary Sounds from the Two Congos 1955-62

With political revolution etched into the soul of this heavyweight vinyl, 'Congo Revolution...' focusses on the eruption of music that occurred in the run up to independence in 1960. Just as mouthwatering is the 50-page booklet included, which contextualises the interwoven nature of the social and musical zeitgeist during this time.
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Betsayda Machado y la Parranda El Clavo
Loé Loá - Rural Recordings Under The Mango Tree

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

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

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

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

Atomic Forest
Disco Roar

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

Videotapemusic
Souvenir

Well this is just lovely. Japanese producer Videotapemusic has been doing his thing for about a decade now, releasing five albums in his home country, but Souvenir is his first LP to reach these shores. The basic idea is that he finds bargain-bin VHS tapes and repurposes their sounds, fleshing them out with full band and studio trickery. It’s a lovely mix of hypnagogic pop, Japanese psych-folk sounds and wistful Captured Tracks-style indie. An Ariel Pink you could take home to meet your parents.
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Sidiku Buari
Feelings / Sidiku Buari And His Jam Busters

A beautifully packaged re-issue of two unbelievably rare Afro-disco records from Sidiku Buari and his backing band, courtesy of BBE Africa. Originally released via the oft-collected Precious Records in the late Seventies, Feelings and Sidiku Buari & His Jambusters both represent a unique take on the lush, detailed Studio 54 productions coming out of New York at the height of disco. 
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Nahawa Doumbia
La Grande Cantatrice Malienne, Vol. 1

Although Nahawa Doumbia is traditionally associated with Wassoulou, a variant of dance music, her first album comprised songs recorded with just her voice and an acoustic guitar. Expect an intimate, sparse album that showcases Doumbia's voice at its rawest. It's the first time 'La Grande Cantatrice Malienne, Vol. 1' is available internationally so get it while it's hot!
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Gyedu-Blay Ambolley and Zantoda Mark III
Control

Control by Gyedu-Blay Ambolley and Zantoda Mark III has been rather hard to get hold of since its release in 1980. The album mixes highlife sounds (a modern twist on traditional Ghanaian rhythms played with western instruments) with synth-based funk and boogie. This reissue follows the albums Ambolley and Simigwa, also reissued by Mr. Bongo.
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Lord Echo
Curiosities

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

Taciana
Tudo Faz Sentido (Brasingles Vol.4)

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

Alexis Zoumbas
A Lament From Epirus 1926-1928

Alexis Zoumbas was a Greek folk-violinist who knocked about in the early 20th Century. Back in 2014 the Angry Mom Archives label got together A Lament From Epirus 1926-1928, a collection of expressive and mournful fiddle pieces to stir the soul. Having sold out pretty damn quickly on first release, Third Man have now decided to snap up the collection for a new pressing. Their edition of A Lament From Epirus 1926-1928 comes with a bonus 7” that features two tracks not included on the 2014 version. If you like the work of Death Is Not The End then this one’ll do you nicely.
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Alefa Madagascar - Salegy, Soukous & Soul 1974 - 1984

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

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

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

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

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

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

One of the most important figures in the modern history of Turkish popular music, Gökçen Kaynatan is largely responsible for anything made with synthesisers in the country. Cehennem is a collection of much-speculated upon and mainly previously unheard EMS Synthi AKS recordings, some of which date back to his earliest days and one of which was finished during recovery from brain surgery. 
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Les Choc Stars du Zaire / Teknokrat's
Nakombe Nga / What Did She Say

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

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

Ziad Rahbani
Abu Ali

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

Abdou El Omari
Nuits D' Ete Avec Naima Samih

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

Attarazat Addahabia & Faradjallah
Al Hadaoui

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

Various
There Where the Avalanche Stops

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

Various
Cambodian Nuggets

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

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

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

Africa Express
EGOLI

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

Omar Khorshid
Tribute To Oum Kalthoum

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

Airto
Samba De Flora

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

Sisso
Mateso

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

Various
Brutal Africa – The Heavy Metal Cowboys of Botswana

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

KOKOKO!
Fongola

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

Edson Conceicao
Filhos de Gandhi (Brasingles Vol. 3)

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

Nakara Percussions
Nakara Percussions

A rare and obscure treat here from Nakara Percussions, a French trio with a live of percussion instruments from all around the world. They’ve got em all, from tablas to Maghreb drums to thumb pianos, and they know how to use them. Private pressed in 1984, this record is not easy to find, but it is easy to love. Reissued by Komos Records.
  • Vinyl LP (KOS1)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

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.
  • Genre(s):
  • 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! 

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.
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

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.
  • Genre(s):
  • 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. 
  • Genre(s):
  • 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.
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Rupa
Disco Jazz

What a treat: a long overdue reissue of Rupa’s album Disco Jazz, a remarkable and very rare item originally from 1982. This album is a little Disco and a little Jazz, but all refracted through a mixture traditional Indian and synthesised instrumentation. Hard to explain but easy to love, this is a very welcome remastered reissue from Numero Group.
  • Vinyl 12" (NUM805LP)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Sinkane
Dépaysé

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.
  • Genre(s):
  • 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.
  • Genre(s):
  • 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.

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.
  • Artist(s):
  • Rob
  • Genre(s):
  • 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.
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Tinariwen
Elwan

Whenever you listen to Tinariwen, you feel at peace with everyone and everything. A splendid mix of steady beats and indie inspired guitar are combined with soft vocals in the latest release from Tinariwen entitled Elwan, which translates to mean ‘The Elephants’. This record is available on Vinyl Double LP, and CD.
  • Genre(s):
  • 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. 
  • Genre(s):
  • 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!
  • Label(s):
  • BBE
  • Genre(s):
  • 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.
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

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.
  • Genre(s):
  • 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.
  • Genre(s):
  • 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.
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World