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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.

Asnakech Worku
Asnaketch

Awesome Tapes From Africa do it again. The label’s newest treat comes courtesy of late Ethiopian singer, actress and iconoclast Asnakech Worku. Her Askanech LP was recorded in 1975 with the aid of ATFA favourite Hailu Mergia. Worku’s sparse, arid take on Ethio-jazz and song is augmented by her masterful playing of the krar (a kind of Ethiopian harp).
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The Scorpions & Saif Abu Bakr
Jazz, Jazz, Jazz

Not of course the Scorpions who whistled Winds of Change at us while the Berlin Wall fell down but an earlier the Scorpions with Seif Abu Bakr who made this much sought after LP which has been changing hands for over a thousand dollars prior to this re-press. The band are a brilliant example of Sudanese music with powerful horn arrangements and funky takes on traditional tribal rhythms.   
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Felbm
Tape 1 / Tape 2

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

Ata Kak
Obaa Sima

Awesome Tapes from Africa is doing great work by bringing Africa’s finest musicians to European ears. Ata Kak was the first post on their blog, and we are happy that Obaa Sima has finally made it onto vinyl as well. The album displays a soulful enthusiasm and musical prowess straight from 1994 Ghana.
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Various
Ethiopian Modern Instrumental Hits

Before Bob Geldof and Midge Ure decided that the best way to help Ethiopians facing starvation in 1985 was by inflicting a badly-written, factually incorrect and borderline racist song on the world, Ethiopians were doing some fantastic musical pieces, untouched by European influences. Ethiopian Modern Instrumental Hits is out on vinyl.

Various
Africa Airways Three (The Afro-Psych Excursion 1972 - 1984)

Take a full dose of African psychedelic rock with this heady compilation. Africa Airways Three (The Afro-Psych Excursion 1972 - 1984) features a fine roster of rich grooves, cosmic highlife, fuzz conga and psych swing band music, from artists including Ifang Bondi, Manu Dibango, Sory Bamba. Vinyl release on the Africa Seven label.
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Ngozi Family
Day of Judgement

An important reissue of Paul Ngozi’s debut album. A fine example of Zamrock, Day Of Judgement shows the inextricable links between the genre and its Western equivalents from psychedelia to punk. Presented as a deluxe 2LP package with download card. Limited edition of 1000 copies. Out on Now-Again.

Amanaz
Africa

Amanaz were one of the premium exponents of Zambia's Zamrock music, and Africa is one of the premium examples of their sound. The fuzz guitars and the shuffling, driving drums back up a gnarled-up vocal style, as the group actively rage against colonialism’s legacy. Double LP reissue on Now-Again.
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Grupo Controle Digital
A Festa E Nossa

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

Ofege
Try And Love

Largely neglected in the wave of Lagos Funk and Afrobeat reissues of the past decade, Ofege now get their dues with a reissue courtesy of Tidal Waves Music. Recorded when the group were still in high school, Try And Love went on to sell loads of copies when it first came out in 1973. Ofege’s brand of Nigerian boogie-rock is closest in style to the more blues-influenced groups like Monomono and BLO.
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Venezuela 70 Volume 2: Cosmic Visions Of A Latin American Earth

A potent selection of music from 1970’s Venezuela that you probably haven’t heard before unless you are a collector or a Venezuelan. Subtitled Cosmic Visions Of A Latin American Earth, this splendidly curated suite features really out-there joy music in the forms of prog, avant-disco, funk, jazz-rock and more besides, most of it very rare indeed.
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Afro National
African Experimentals (1972-1979)

The reissue-philes at Africa Seven drop a compilation from acclaimed Sierra Leonean group Afro National. Led by Sulay Abu Bakarr, his wife Patricia and former Sabanoh Jazz Group member Ayo Roy Macauley, Afro National’s blend of West African rock styles, jazz and Hi-Life made them big stars in their home country throughout the 1970s. African Experimentals (1972-1979) collates some of the group’s deeper, most dancefloor-friendly cuts.
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Moontribe
Moontribe

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

James Holden + Maalem Houssam Guinia
Three Live Takes

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

MKWAJU ensemble
KI-Motion

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

Various
Saigon Supersound Vol. 2

A collection of very fine music from Vietnam. The second volume of the Saigon Supersound series sources its materials from the period of the sixties, when there was a lot going on in the country. This compilation features eighteen cuts from a variety of genres, all filtered through the unique cultural stylistics of Vietnam.
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Bixiga 70
Quebra Cabeça

Bixiga 70 are a many-handed group, with ten members all pouring their heart, soul and funk into vivid, multi-hued music. Quebra Cabeca is African music made via Brazil, positively drenched in groovy vigour and fun. They sound like the kind of band who would absolutely slay at a festival, but this fourth album of theirs will do very nicely if you aren’t in a summer field. Out on Glitterbeat.
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Various
Disques Debs International Volume 1

Disques Debs is a Guadeloupean label that has run from the 1950’s to the present day: this new Strut compilation, volume one in a proposed series, focuses its attentions on the period 1960 to 1972 and is brimming over with beautiful Carribean big bands, bolero and biguine; and that's just for starters. High grade archival compilation on CD and LP, presented alongside excellent liner notes and photography.
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Gyedu-Blay Ambolley
Simigwa

Mr. Bongo reissue this crucial 1970’s Ghanaian soul record. Gyedu-Blay Ambolley was one of the more significant figures to emerge in West Africa’s post-High-Life explosion. Channelling James Brown through the prism of Afrobeat, jazz and Ghanaian funk-rock, Ambolley’s 1975 LP Simigwa is as righteous as they come. It’s a good job they’ve re-cut this one, too - Simigwa’s rare original copies go for megabucks these days.
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Dick Dickson
In The Pocket

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

Buari
Buari

Interesting bloke, this Sidiku Buari. According to his Wikipedia page, the Ghanaian has been president of the Musicians Union Of Ghana, the vice-president of the International Federation Of Musicians, studied for degrees in both music and interior design and won medals as a sprinter at two All-Africa Games championships. Impressive stuff. As this 1975 LP testifies, he also knows his way around a tune too. Buari is a fine record of Hi-Life disco and Accra Funk. Reissue on the impressive Be With Records.
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Ravi Shankar
The Rough Guide to Ravi Shankar

Maestro Ravi Shankar, virtuoso of the sitar helped to bring traditional Indian Classical music to millions of us Westerners since the '60s. Those kind folks at Rough Guide have collected together a few of Shankar's classic ragas as a kind of taster, an appetiser of a whole world of wonderful riches. Yes, some guys called 'The Beatles' and 'The Byrds' -- and lots of other psychedelia-minded folks named after misspelt animals -- adored him. LP on World Music Network with extra tracks as a download via the included code card.
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Oneness of Juju
African Rhythms

Strut have already reissued this 1975 soul-jazz classic from Oneness Of Juju a couple of times, but the latest pressing of African Rhythms comes with a few upgrades. The most notable tweak is the recently-discovered ‘Afrobeat’, taped at the original album sessions but lost to the winds until now. We also get the original 45-rpm version of the title track, remastered versions of all the cuts and an interview with bandleader James ‘Plunky’ Branch in the sleeve.

Various
Britxotica Goes Wild! Percussive Pop and Crazy Latin

Trunk brings us the latest instalment -- volume 5! Five! -- of the ongoing Britxotica series of compilation LPs. Legendary tastemakers Johnny Trunk and Martin Green cull and round up 16 more obscurities from pre-Beatles Exotica Britain with the emphasis on lively and fun, always. A previously (somewhat shady), forgotten genre of the era it's fair to say. Latin dance, cha-cha flavours and too-excitable-for-loungecore numbers abound; includes a great version of "House Of Bamboo" and plenty of other things of their time -- including a Ted Heath track that introduced classic telly "John Craven's Newsround". My, we are showing our age now.

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

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh damn! Look, if you’ve never heard Dur-Dur before, then stop what you’re doing and fix that this instance. The Somali group were one of the most famous bands in their home country during the 80’s and early 90’s before a civil war put paid to their career. A recent resurgent interest in their work has led to a great Awesome Tapes From Africa reissue, but not much beyond that. However, now Analog Africa have really gone the extra mile to get some more of the band’s finest work out. We mean that literally - AA boss Samy Ben Redjeb flew to Mogadishu to get these tapes. And we’re so glad he did. Dur-Dur were a mighty band, capable of cooking up a totally unique funk sound, and to now have not one but two more of their LPs (and some bonus tracks!) excavated for re-release is a true pleasure. Honestly, just listen to the thing.
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Various
Hafla! - A Rough Guide to Jaffa's 70's Sound (Compiled by Fortuna Records)

Well this compilation was commissioned by the Ha’achim restaurant in Tel Aviv: whether or not that means that these bangers are going to be accompanying diners evening meals I don’t know, but it means this LP is fully grounded in the place it documents. Ten tracks from Jaffa in the 1970’s, absolutely bristling with life-force and excitement. Put together and licenced by Fortuna Records.
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Stella Chiweshe
Kasahwa: Early Singles

This is a good one. Stella Chiweshe is well-known in her native Zimbabwe as a master of the mbira (thumb-piano). As the nation spent the 1970’s gearing up for revolution, Chiweshe released a run of mbira recordings that became soundtracks to the Chimurenga. Now Glitterbeat have collected some of her best early singles - none of which have previously seen releases outside of Chiweshe’s home continent - for Kasahwa.
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Midori Takada & Lafawndah
Le Renard Bleu

The first new release from Midori Takada in almost two decades! Le Renard Bleu (translation: ‘The Blue Fox’) is a single-track, twenty-minute EP that sees the Japanese composer step out alongside NYC’s Lafawndah. Takada plays tuned percussion and also employs waterphones, Japanese strings and various drums in her composition. Meanwhile Lafawndah offers vocals that appear to draw strength from both Western and Eastern opera. It’s potent stuff.
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Fela Kuti
Zombie

Fela Kuti is known for having a huge catalogue, but over the years many of his albums have been nigh-on forgotten. The title track of Zombie is an acknowledged Fela classic, but the album as a whole hasn’t been available as a stand-alone vinyl since the original release. Mmmm, tasty political afrobeat.... LP on Knitting Factory.
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Maki Asakawa
Maki Asakawa

Maki Asakawa was essentially a jazz and blues singer - but with a difference: Imagine Nina Simone, Bessie Smith and Billie Holiday with a bit of Nico, experimental big band and psychedelic sitar wig-outs. This eponymous compilation gathers together the best of her ‘70s output. An intriguing collection.

Witch
Movin' On

The great Zamrock band, WITCH stands for We Intend To Cause Havoc and in ‘70s and ‘80s Zambia they certainly did. Since being brought back to public attention by the likes of label owner Egon, the havoc has been continuing across dancefloors the world over. Movin’ On is a fantastic example of the electric rock and heavy percussion of WITCH.  
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Fela Kuti
Gentleman

The first time Gentleman has been made available on individual vinyl since its original release in 1973. The father of Afrobeat Fela Kuti pulls no punches with Gentleman, big band groove for days with serious and equally big messages. The title track being an opposition to the west, Fefe Naa Efe a tribute to Ghana, and Igbe showing Kuti breaking taboos again and again with his constant use of the word Sh*t in various languages.
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Jess Sah Bi & Peter One
Our Garden Needs Its Flowers

An altogether calmer release than we’ve come to expect from Awesome Tapes From Africa here. Jess Sah Bi & Peter One were a duo famous throughout West Africa in the 1980s. Combining the songwriting techniques of their native Ivory Coast with American and British folk styles, they hit upon a great formula for 1985 LP Our Garden Needs Its Flowers. This reissue sees the audio quality restored in order to let these beautiful melodies ring clear as day.

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

Everyone needs a little Mulatu Astatke to lively up their life: get right to it with this reissue of his 1966 album Afro-Latin Soul Vol. 2, recorded with His Ethiopian Quintet. Astatke’s sound is still young and burgeoning here, but his mixture of Ethiopian-style jazz with Latin rhythms and sounds is a fabulous listen. Remastered and reissued by Strut.
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Femi Kuti
One People One World

The Kuti's are quite the family eh? Femi Kuti is of course the son of Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti, and the brother of Seun Kuti. Given they've both released albums in 2018 the rivalry between the two brothers must be immense. Though maybe not, One People One World is not in the least a petty record. But rather one of infinite warmth and understanding. 
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Various
Ethiopian Hit Parade Volume 1

Featuring the hit singles of the Ethiopian music scene of 1972, audacious, funky outlaw and musical entrepreneur Amha Esthèté celebrates the pioneers of modern Ethiopian groove such as Girma Bèyènè, Seyfu Yohannes, Tèshomè Meteku, Menelik Wèsnatchèw, Mulatu Astatq and Muluken Melesse with this reissue of the first in a series of of now legendary albums, originally released between 1972 and 1973.
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O’Seis
Suicida / Apocalipse

No, this isn’t the latest incarnation of (Thee) Oh Sees. In fact, it’s a previous incarnation of Os Mutantes. Three of those who would go on to form OM - Rita Lee and the Baptista brothers - were members of O’Seis. 1966 single Suicida/Apocalipse was the group's only release, but both tracks fizz with energy and spark. Neatly prefaces the tropicalia/psych-rock explosion that OM would spearhead a few years later.

Various
Buried Country

Musical archaeologists extraordinaire Mississippi Records team up with Australia’s Flipping Yeah for this release, and an important one it is too. The eleven tracks here draw from the Australian Aboriginal country tradition, a music silenced as often as the people who have made it. The ‘country’ of the title is a broad church - while there are balladeers and down-home ditties here, there are also rockers, droning organ tracks and moving blues numbers. A unique record, Black Country comes with extensive reading.
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Various
Nigeria 70 Vol 3 – Sweet Times – Afro-Funk, Highlife & Juju from 1970s Lagos

Another installation in Strut’s cracking Nigeria 70 series is always something to get excited about. As with the previous two, Sweet Times – Afro-Funk, Highlife & Juju from 1970s Lagos is another killer set of tunes culled from this most exciting of musical epochs. Strut dig deep here, serving up a baker’s dozen of winning tracks that crossbreed native Nigerian styles with funk, soul, disco and rock. Comes with extensive liner notes from West African Pop Routes author John Collins.

Mulatu Astatke & His Ethiopian Quintet
Afro-Latin Soul

Mulatu Astatke has long and lovingly been called 'Godfather Of Ethio Jazz' and who are we, your humble servants at Norman to disagree? Strut push on with their careful programme of essential jazz reissues to bring us the first official pressings of Astatke's early classics: Afro-Latin Soul (Vols 1 & 2), recordings made with his Ethiopian Quintet and dating from 1966. His initial experiments hurled Ethiopian culture head-on into African-Latin and normative jazz / R&B modes. Here the package is delivered in fully remastered form with expanded liner notes written by Astatke himself. On LP or CD.
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These Eyes
Soca Hustle / Let Me Love

The press release ain’t giving much away about this one. It’s These Eyes with Soca Hustles/Let Me Love on Invisible City Editions. There’s a very fun groove with these. There’s naive and playful instrumentation and its West African influences remind me of Onyeabor and Bebey but with more of a Juju tint. Very fun and this repress comes with new album artwork.   
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Stars Of Liberty / Eye Q
Power To The People / I’m Not Selfish

Greasy Zimbabwean funk from Stars Of Liberty & Eye Q. Following the Now-Again 7" limited repress series comes Power To The People / I'm Not Selfish. These heavy afro-funk rarities tell the story of the public unrest happening in Zimbabwe in the 70's. Both tracks spoke out against the repressive regime in the funkiest way possible. Limited to 500 and not to be repressed.
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King Ayisoba
Wicked Leaders

Ghanaian musician King Ayisoba speaks truth to power on his incendiary fourth LP. Ayisoba is the sun around which Wicked Leaders revolves, a hugely charismatic presence up-front who is blessed with a voice so piercing it could cut metal. Leading his group with vocals and kologo (a two-string instrument similar to a guitar) in a sound that blends the Dagaaba and Frafra styles, Ayisoba’s revolutionary fervour carries this record of ramshackle protest songs.
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Nigeria Fuji Machine
Synchro Sound System & Power

Nigeria Fuji Machine is a grouping of high-powered drummers and singers in Lagos, performing the popular Yoruba Nigerian music named Fuji. Fuji is a thrilling, super-percussive sound, that is highly popular in Nigeria but somewhat overlooked in the West in favour of highlife and the like. Correct this now, with Synchro Sound System & Power, a newly recorded set on Soul Jazz.
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Kamal Keila
Muslims and Christians

Jakarta sub-label Habibi Funk do a fine job of reissuing lost Arab classics. Their new series sees them turn their attention to the Sudanese jazz scene of the second half of the 20th century. A recent trip to the country brought the label bosses into contact with Kamal Keila, a bandleader and major player in the country’s musical landscape. After an Islamist revolution in the late 1980s, a change in the law meant that radio stations had to get musicians in for live sessions rather than air their previous recordings. Muslims And Christians combines takes from two sessions, one of which was definitely on 12th August 1992, across two vinyl. The band’s instrumentals draw from Fela Kuti, American funk and the grooves of neighbouring Ethiopia. Atop this Keila adopts a powerful stance, with his lyrics confronting everything from religious warfare to the country’s orphan problem.

Fadoul
Al Zman Saib

Furiously energetic Arabic funk-rock music that leaps out of the speakers. Fadoul’s music has been little noticed in the non-Arabic world over the years, which is frankly a tragedy when you hear the quality of the material Al Zman Saib. Thankfully, Habibi Funk are reissuing, in an archival package with rare photos and translations of the lyrics.

Meridian Brothers
Dónde Estás María

Colombia's Meridian Brothers are back again with yet another strikingly original album. Blending Tropicalia from Brazil, Latin rock from Colombia and Argentina and dreamy Mexican psych-folk, there are plenty of rich strings and choral arrangements promised on this experimental new record. Bowed and plucked cello is introduced for some extra timbre and flavour. ¿Dónde Estás María? is a proclamation of love and a singular journey. 
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Various
Onda de Amor: Synthesized Brazilian Hits That Never Were (1984-94)

Good old Soundway Records. They never fail. It’s another crate-digging extravaganza from the global pop imprint, and this time they turn their attention to the music of the Brazilian 80s and 90s. Roping in vinyl junkie Millos Kaiser - 50% of the duo Selvagem - Kaiser has put together a compilation of sixteen would-be hits from long-gone artists that combine samba, funk, disco and more to ebullient effect. Might relaunch a career or two.

Various
Bury Me in a Corner of the Yard

Death Is Not The End are a fine label who should get more recognition than they do. The rare-as-hen’s-teeth records they get hold of for reissue are always hauntingly beautiful, and their recent LPs from Nina De La Puebla and Violeta Parra are simply not the sort of thing you hear every day. Bury Me In A Corner Of The Yard, a cassette focussing on the Cajun music of inter-war Louisiana, is no exception. Classic artists such as Segura Brothers, Amede Ardoin and more feature.

Waak Waak Djungi
Waak Waak Ga Min Min

Waak Waak Djungi are a group from the Northern Territories of Australia, made up of three indigenous Yolngu people. They combine traditional vocal techniques and field recordings with 90’s era electronic production, and have been recently rediscovered. Waak Waak Ga Min Min contains a previously unheard recording, along with five cuts from their 1997 album. Released by Efficient Space.
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Tunde Mabadu
Viva Disco

Some ultra-rare boogie Lagos here. Originally issued in 1980 and long lost to the annals of time, Tunde Mabadu’s Viva Disco is Nigerian disco par excellence. The tunes here boast ten-tonne grooves, and the slightly distorted recording only adds to their energy and verve. Anyone with an ear for the likes of Joni Haastrup, Shina Williams, Christy Essien and the like should head over this way. Re-released via Mr Bongo.

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

Hear what happened when rebetika-playing Greek emigres came to American and mingled their sound with the blues in the 20’s and 30’s. George Katsaros: Greek Blues in America, Vol. 1 is a cassette filled with amazing vintage recordings of Katsaros, captured in New York back in the day. Beautiful finger-picked cross-continental wonder, on cassette thanks to Death Is Not The End.
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Various
Don't Sleep: Omutibo From Rural Kenya

Mississippi Records are at it again - with a little help from Raw Music International and Olvido Records - and have lovingly collected another set of rare-as-hen’s-teeth tracks. This selection focuses on the Omutibo type of guitar playing that came to prominence among the Luhya people of Kenya around the time that the country gained independence in the early 1960s. The music’s most popular exponent is George Mukabi, and artist who has wowed on several previous Mississippi releases. This LP comes with replete with interviews, photographs and lyrics in English and Luhya.
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Witch
Introduction

The debut album from 1970s Zamrockers WITCH or We Intend To Cause Havoc!, arguably the masters of the Zambian rock movement that has been gathering new attention since Now-Again records have been steadily reissuing some of the genre’s classics. Introduction is just that, a good introduction to the Zamrock sound which blends the psychedelic guitar of Hendrix with the funk groove of James Brown and an African rhythm. A joyous and exciting record from a fantastic group of musicians.

Witch
Kuomboka

Zamrock's most supreme band, Witch (which means We Intend To Cause Havoc) continue to get the reissue treatment from Now-Again with the more overtly experimental 'Kuomboka'. And by experimental, we mean, you know the opposite: slow jams, modest rock, and all the American pop influence in the world. As always, though, there's still a good amount of Zambian tradition and propulsive rhythms. 
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Alanis Obomsawin
Bush Lady

Rare and underrated, Alanis Obomsawin's Bush Lady is a cult classic finally gaining new listeners through Montreal's Constellation. Considering the lives lived by Canada's First Nations, and the political threats to their existence, the record is both a crucial sonic document and activist statement, offering a record created with painstaking attention to detail by Obomsawin (who rerecorded due to dissatisfaction with an early take). An essential fixture in the history of folk music.

Manu Dibango
Electric Africa

Available on vinyl for the first time since its original release in 1985. Electric Africa is four tracks of primo electro meets afrobeat. Solid groove meets synthesizers, electronic drums, saxophone and Dibango’s thick vocals. Features tracks with Herbie Hancock, Bill Laswell and Bernie Worrell on synthesizers. Vinyl on Tidal Waves.

Mulatu Astatke
Afro Latin Soul Vol. 2

The resurgent interest in Ethio-jazz trailblazer Mulatu Astatke leads to another reissue. This one is culled from Astatke’s time spent living in New York in the 1960s, one of the most fruitful and groundbreaking periods of his career. On Afro Latin Soul Vol. 2 Astatke and his Ethiopian Quintet fuse their native jazz sound with Latin styles and r ‘n’ b in a manner that set Astatke on his way to some of his most vital and pioneering work. Re-pressed by Strut.
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Various
Panama! 2 (Latin Sounds, Cumbia, Tropical & Calypso Funk On the Isthmus 1967-77)

This 2009 compilation does one thing, and it does it very well. It introduces listeners to some of Panama’s fantastic music, much of it virtually unknown elsewhere. With much of the material sourced from 45’s in radio station basements, Panama! 2 is the best way to hear these rich groovy blends of calypso, cumbia and Latin musics. Reissued by Soundway.
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Heads Records - South African Disco-Dub Edits

Ever travelling into the musical terrain of the Southern Hemisphere, Soundway have this time raided the vaults of South African label Heads. The label's star shone briefly but brightly between 1982 and 1984 and released some 20 or so 12" singles and LPs before closing its doors. The label mixed disco with bubblegum pop, aimed at the nation's black population. This 4-track 12" EP of disco dub is the smaller sibling to the recent Gumba Fire compilation. Includes songs from William & The Young Five, Manyane, Adaye and Starlight.

Various
Listen All Around: The Golden Age of Central and East African Music

Straight outta the International Library of African Music comes this selection of performances recorded in Central and East Africa between 1950 and 1958 by Hugh Tracey. Rumba is the stylistic spine running through the material on this double CD set, though the joy is of course in the variations. Fantastic music and recordings, with informative book material also included. From Dust To Digital.
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

AMMAR 808
Maghreb United

AMMAR 808 is a fantastic proposition: North African music pulled through the vortex of a Tunisian producer with his eye on the bass bins. Maghreb United has a range of excellent singers from Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia sitting at the centre of an ecstatic whirl of traditional instrumentation, distorted treatments, and big booming bass and drum patterns. Brilliant, energetic stuff, out on the Glitterbeat label.
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Shadow
Sweet Sweet Dreams

A 1984 LP created in Trinidad and Tobago, Sweet Sweet Dreams is the synth-riddled reggae/soca project of Winston Bailey, also known as Shadow. The clever blend of genres on this record make it a mesmerising 80s time capsule, with hazy synth noodlings and hypnotic reggae beats providing a backdrop to Bailey and his backing singers' distinguished calypsonian vocals. Released as Vinyl LP on the Jamwax label.

Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar
Raga Yaman (Rudra Veena // Seattle // 15 March 1986)

Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar is the nineteenth generation of a family who have played the dhrupad style of devotional music. For those unfamiliar with dhrupad, it is considered to show raga in its purest form. Recorded at the end of his last US tour performing one of his signature ragas. One of two albums Stephen O'Malley's Ideologic Organ is releasing to celebrate the life and music of Dagar.
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar
Ragas Abhogi & Vardhani (Rudra Veena // Seattle // 9 March 1986)

Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar is the nineteenth generation of a family who have played the dhrupad style of devotional music. For those unfamiliar with dhrupad, it is considered to show raga in its purest form. This recording was made at a house show, offering a more intimate example of dhrupad. One of two albums Stephen O'Malley's Ideologic Organ is releasing to celebrate the life and music of Dagar.
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Various
Mothers' Garden (The Funky Sounds Of Female Africa 1975 - 1984)

Africa Seven - the label behind the Africa Airways series - drop another nice collection of old grooves. These tracks are all by artists who identify as female, a gender which has been woefully under-represented in the African 70s/80s reissue explosion of the past decade or so. Hopefully compilations Mothers’ Garden this will start to redress the balance. Contains tunes from Miriam Makeba and Letta Mbulu, among others.
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Professor Rhythm
Professor 3

Reissue of classic Professor Rhythm album first released in 1991. This album was released around the time hip-hop and house were starting to have an influence in South Africa, while still retaining much of the mbaqanga and bubblegum sounds that had been popular before. Released by the uh.. Awesome Tapes from Africa.
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Samba Touré
Wande

The third LP from Malian guitarist and songwriter Samba Toure finds him streamlining his sound. Wande largely eschews the high-energy call-and-response desert blues of his previous work for a taut, funky synthesis of Sahel sounds and Western rock tropes. The likes of ‘Yerfara’ feature strutting grooves that contain as much Jimi Hendrix as Ali Farka Toure.
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Fantasma
Free Love

Available as double 12” LP from Soundway. South Africa seems to be full of forward thinking music producers at the moment and Fantasma is the latest from Spoek Mathambo. Working with DJ Spoko Free Love is a melding of hip hop, shangaan electro, and Zulu Maskandi music. Definitely check out for a hip hop paced version of Tshetsha Boys or M.I.A.  
  • Vinyl Double LP (SNDWLP070)
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  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Bombino
Deran

With admirers including Stevie Wonder and Robert Plant, the Niger guitarist Bombino clearly has some serious chops. His pioneering ‘Tuareggae’ sound remains in good nick on his latest LP, and his wide travels and range of influences lead to plenty of unusual songwriting choices on Deran. Case in point - lead single ‘Tehigren’, a track that turns on a sixpence from rock-reggae bounce to nimble desert-blues.
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Various
Turkish Ladies

An awesome and very special record courtesy of Sony Music Turkey and Ladies on Records, celebrating Turkish women singers from the 70s and 80s. You'll hear a gloriously diverse range of music here, with sweet melodies, eccentric synths and bewitching arabesque strings underpinning classical Türk Sanat, Argentinian tango, Spanish flamenco, Egyptian classical orchestras and traditional folk songs. A real gem. 
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Demon Fuzz
Afreaka!

A crucial fact stated about Demon Fuzz is that they all immigrated to Britain from old Commonwealth nations. This shows in their blend of funky/psych-rock/jazz fusion record, and only record, Afreka!. Originally released in 1970, but reissued by Music On Vinyl and available on Vinyl LP. This much bootlegged work showcases a unique mixture of psychedelic soul, dub-heavy funk, progressive rock, Afro-jazz and acid rock.

Hugh Masekela
The Chisa Years: 1965-1975 (Rare and Unreleased)

A compilation to satisfy anyone whose curiosity in Hugh Masekela was peaked by his passing in January of this year. This LP collates early work by the South African jazz legend, including some of his groundbreaking stuff with The Zulus and Letta Mbulu. The likes of Ojah collaboration ‘Afro Beat Blues’ are mighty and righteous funk jams. This repressing by BBE marks the first time in a decade that this compilation has been available on wax.
  • Label(s):
  • BBE

Chrissy Zebby Tembo & Ngozi Family
My Ancestors

Anyone whose ears have pricked up at the recent run of Zamrock reissues should make sure they get a load of Chrissy Zebby Tembo. A drummer for The Scorpions in his early days, in 1974 Tembo teamed up with Paul Ngozi’s Ngozi Family to create My Ancestors. The LP is a record of hard-rockin’ tunes in the vein of contemporaries WITCH. Now reissued by the excellent Mississippi Records.
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Susheela Raman
Ghost Gamelan

British-Tamil Susheela Raman’s seventh album Ghost Gamelan finds her and regular collaborator Sam Mills among Javanese gamelan composer Gondrong Gunarto and his ensemble of players. Raman is known for her adventurous projects and this one is a really bewitching collection of leftfield pop, making exceptional use of Mills’ guitar, Raman’s vocal techniques and indeed the sumptuous harmonics and melodics of a gamelan orchestra.
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Ragnar Johnson
Crying Bamboos: Ceremonial Flute Music from New Guinea: Madang

Next on Stephen O’Malley’s Ideologic Organ label is a reissue of this fine set of recordings from New Guinea, captured in the field by Ragnar Johnson. If Crying Bamboos: Ceremonial Flute Music From New Guinea: Madang sounds oddly familiar, that might just be because parts of it were sampled on Bjork’s recent Utopia album! Clear and beautiful flute recordings to really listen to. Double LP and double CD editions.
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Okawa & The Rulers
Oshirononakade

DJ and saxophonist Takeshi Okawa (or Okawa 78 to his friends) has gathered together a varied group of Japanese musicians, including members of Death Jazzers Soil & Pimp Sessions, to form The Rulers. On Ohirononakade they experiment with different styles from all around the world.
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Konkere Beats
Yoruba! Songs & Rhythms For The Yoruba Gods In Nigeria

The latest epic from Soul Jazz, Yoruba! Songs & Rhythms For The Yoruba Gods In Nigeria was newly recorded in Lagos, Nigeria by Konkere Beats. The record sees an assemblage of master drummers and singers performing polyrhythms; a heap of percussion -- Dundun Bata drums -- and deeply spiritual, sacred songs honouring traditional and ancient Yoruba gods. Complete with a 40-page booklet / gatefold 2LP vinyl set with extensive text and photos on the inners. 
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Various
I’m Not Here To Hunt Rabbits

This compilation captures that rarest of things in the 21st century - a truly unique and idiosyncratic contemporary regional genre, namely the country blues guitar of Botswana. The common thread is a playing style where the left hand approaches the fretboard from above the neck rather than from below. YouTube videos of several performers have gone viral, but this is the first time they’ve been presented on a physical format. This LP offers eleven tracks from various players, with a further eight on the accompanying download.
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Malphino
Visit Malphino

Ooh this is a fun one. Visit Malphino is an sonic advert for the imaginary tropical island of Malphino. The group, while based in London, hail from places as far-flung as Japan, Malaysia, Colombia and The Philippines. Taking cumbia as a jumping-off point, the group mix the Colombian sound with styles as disparate as rumba and Brazilian forro, all played by a band led by accordion, organ and tuba. The resulting LP is a wry, fun listen that recalls Meridian Brothers.
  • Label(s):
  • Lex
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Various
Habibi Funk 007: An Eclectic Selection

As the subtitle makes clear, this is a subjective and geographically and stylistically diverse and wide-ranging choice of tracks, taking in many different genres and influences. Selections come from several countries in the Middle East and North Africa in the 70s and 80s, all combining the impact of Western music with regional styles like zouk, or the Algerian take on Cape Verde’s coladera. Artists already represented by this Berlin label include Ahmed Malek, Al Massrieen, Dalton and Fadou, alongside many more obscure names. Double LP with 12-page booklet, and tracks are ethically licenced.

Meridian Brothers
El Advenimiento del Castillo Mujer

The 2006 debut album of Meridian Brothers. Sounds of Bogotan musical traditions (e.g. cumbia, currulao) are slightly tweaked, abstracted and adjusted, becoming what key member Eblis Alvarez calls ‘Abstract Folk Music’. Initially a CD-only release, El Advenimiento del Castillo Mujer is now reissued on LP! From Discrepant.
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Charly Kingson
Born In Africa

The people at Africa Seven unearth another lost gem with Charly Kingson’s 1978 LP Born in Africa. Kingson - cousin of Manu Dibango, no less - recorded this album after relocating from Cameroon to Germany. It’s a record of popping synth-funk and hi-life disco, with tracks like ‘Nimele Bolo’ and ‘Nanga ‘Boko’ still sure to set the dancefloor on fire. Kingson’s cracking voice, part Maurice White and part Fela Kuti, remains front-and-centre throughout.
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Fela Kuti
Na Poi

Fela Kuti’s ‘Na Poi’ is one of the great banned records. The Nigerian Broadcasting Company forbade Na Poi’s sexually explicit title-track from being sent out on air when it was first released, but all his did was add to the song’s legend and turned it into one of the Afrobeat pioneer’s signature tunes. Now reissued on vinyl for the first time in ages by The Knitting Factory.
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Buena Vista Social Club
Buena Vista Social Club

The phenomenal success of Buena Vista Social Club could not have been predicted. A collection of Cuban musicians including Compay Segundo, Ibrahim Ferrer and Ruben Gonzalez were put together by three people to play traditional Cuban music. The most famous of those three people was Ry Cooder who, along with his Latin percussionist son, play on the album. Love for the album grew outwards slowly, beginning with a handful of delighted music critics. This album sparked a wider interest in Latin and world music in general, and initial interest culminated in Wim Wenders making a film about the group. Double vinyl LP and CD on World Circuit.
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Tsvia Abarbanel
Eastern Soul

Israeli crate-diggers Fortuna Records have a bit of a thing for Yemeni singer Tsvia Abarbanel. The label’s first release was a 7” single featuring her tracks ‘Wings Of Love’ and ‘Yahlel Hawa’, both of which also appear on this reissue of a privately-pressed recording made in 1970. The music of Eastern Soul is a heady mix of spiritual jazz, Yemenite funk and swinging standards. Abarbanel’s strong, earthy voice provides the album's anchor. Good stuff.

Pandit Pran Nath
The Raga Cycle, Palace Theatre, Paris 1972 Vol. 2

Pandit Pran Nath is a legend of the Indian classical vocal raga, who crossed over into the Western cultural consciousness in 1972, when he performed in Paris. This double LP release on Sri Moonshine Music takes recordings from that special occasion and puts them onto wax, ready for spiritual or just musical home consumption.
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Violeta Parra
La Cueca Presentada por Violeta Parra

Death Is Not The End’s latest archival find is La Cueca Presentada por Violeta Parra, a rare 50’s compilation of the Chilean folk genre of Cueca. Violeta Parra presents songs gathered from the rural areas of the country and presented with her wonderful musical touch. She also gives spoken introductions to pieces.

Tala A.M.
African Funk Experimentals 1975 to 1978

African Funk Experimentals 1975 to 1978 is an extremely enticing name for a record isn’t it? And Tala A.M. doesn’t disappoint, throwing out slice after slice of compelling afro-funk, always driven by amazing rhythms and led by tight guitar. Compilation of tracks cherry-picked from various of Tala’s records, on Africa Seven.
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Ginger Johnson and His African Messengers
African Party

Ginger Johnson and His African Messengers made a glorious, joyful sound with their extra-percussive version of highlife, and nowhere more so than on African Party, now seeing reissue release on Freestyle Records. This stuff, recorded in 1967, really drives forwards: you will enjoy this with your mind and your feet, I assure you.  
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Pasteur Lappe
We, The People

Pasteur Lappe is a prime exponent of the Sekele sound in Cameroon through the seventies and eighties. He really and truly has it going on, as even a cursory listen to his 1979 debut album will prove: this music positively sizzles with funk, swing, and muscular groove fun. A wonderful record, put into proper circulation by the Africa Seven label.
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Ebo Taylor
Yen Ara

At 82, you could forgive Ebo Taylor for taking it easy. After six decades in the game, he has nothing left to prove - a contemporary of Fela Kuti, an artist who has worked with the likes of Pat Thomas and one of the most celebrated musicians of post-independence Ghana. All of this leads us to one conclusion - he’s made his new LP Yen Ara because he still loves what he’s doing. One spin of tracks like the uproariously funky ‘Mumudey Mumudey’ proves this beyond dispute.
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Various
I'm on My Journey Home: Sacred Harp Singing, 1927-1938

Sacred Harp Singing is a potent American choral song form that emphasises the social. I’m on My Journey Home compiles some vintage recordings (dating from between 1927 and 1938) onto cassette. The sound quality may not be hi-def, but the spiritual power of these performances shines on through. On Death Is Not The End.

Ibibio Sound Machine
Uyai

Ibibio Sound Machine is an excellent bit of Afro-electro, forged in London via Nigeria and combining funky highlife rhythms and horns with brash electro-synths. And you know what? It sounds addictively good and irresistibly groovy: supreme good time music! Uyai is the group’s second full-length album, and it’s released by Merge.

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