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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.
  • Vinyl LP (ASVN027)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Ozo
Anambra

Anambra is a vintage classic from Ozo, a group who played soulful dub music with a healthy infusion of spiritualism and African percussion. This tune incorporates a Buddhist Sanskrit mantra, making Anambra feel more ritualistic than even the average Ozo cut. This reissue presents both the edited and the extended 12” mixes, as well as an alternate version. On Isle Of Jura.
  • Vinyl 12" (ISLE004)
  • £8.99 £7.19 (saving: £1.80)
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  • Artist(s):
  • Ozo

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.
  • Vinyl LP (MRBLP155)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Burnier & Cartier
Burnier & Cartier

Brazil, 1974. Burnier & Cartier release this self-titled suite of super-fly boogie-jazz and disco-soul. Many have loved this music since then, but relatively few have owned it, due to low print runs and high prices. Thankfully Brighton’s Mr Bongo have stepped in with the reissue duties, allowing everybody to groove to this Brazilian wonder. LP with a replica of the original artwork.
  • Vinyl LP (MRBLP153)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Aksak Maboul
Onze Dances pour Combattre la Migraine

Aksak Maboul is keeping busy at the moment (with a great collaboration with Veronique Vincent), so what better time to be reminded of earlier work? Onze Dances pour Combattre la Migraine is a glorious thing from 1977, and even if it doesn’t cure your headache, you will almost certainly dance. Reissue on Crammed Discs.
  • Vinyl LP (CRAM011LP)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

The Funkees
Dancing Time - The Best Of Eastern Nigeria's Afro Rock Expona


  • Vinyl Double LP (SNDWLP039)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

J. M. Tim & Foty
African Funk Experimentals (1977-1979)

J. M. Tim & Foty were a creative duo based from Cameroon working on funk and disco. This LP on Africa Seven presents just two years of that hard work. And if you need a seal of approval just know that god like genius Missy Elliot has sampled one of these tracks. So what are you waiting for?
  • Vinyl LP (ASVN058)

Ali Farka Toure
The Source - Special Edition

The big man himself, Ali Farka Toure, performing his gorgeous desert blues with his Malian band. The Source is an excellent representation of this legendary sound, recorded clearly and richly, and the presentation of this edition from World Circuit is beautiful: two LPs, accompanied by a a 28 page booklet with rare colour photographs.
  • Vinyl Double LP (WCV030)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Various
Spiritual Jazz Vol. 8 - Japan: Parts 1+2

For sure, Japan’s legacy of jazz music is under-heard and under-appreciated outside of the country, despite huge domestic enthusiasm. This double disc Jazzman compilation might put paid to that, being a sixteen track selection of lesser-known (in the West) performers of the more spiritual end of jazz music. Spiritual Jazz Vol. 8 - Japan: Parts 1 + 2 comes with bilingual liner notes, for all the context you could want.
  • CD (JMANCD096)

Park Jiha
Communion

Having gained recognition as a member of the Korean neo-traditionalist duo [su:m], Park Jiha broadens her already rich musical vocabulary on her debut solo album. Composing for instruments like the hammered dulcimer and piri (a double-reeded bamboo flute), Park and her ensemble create a quietly intoxicating blend of sounds that skirts between native Korean styles, minimalism, free jazz and contemporary classical composition. To Western ears there are oblique references to Steve Reich and Sarah Neufeld.
  • Vinyl LP (GBLP057)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Baloji
137 Avenue Kaniama

Congolese artist Baloji works as a sort of stylistic lightning rod on his latest LP. Bringing together pop stylings from all over Africa - he even goes so far as to jack the instrumental of Dur Dur’s mighty ‘Dooyo’ for lead single ‘Soleil De Volt’ - Baloji turns 137 Avenue Kanaima into a celebration of Pan-Africanism and continental resilience, all married to a disco beat.
  • Vinyl Double LP (BELLA709V)
  • CD (BELLA709CD)

Sidi Touré
Toubalbero

On his fourth LP Toubaldero, Malian guitarist Sidi Toure switches up his sound a little and moves from acoustic guitar to electro-acoustic. The resulting LP is an album in the best West African tradition - hot-fingered guitar playing, the dusty harmonies of the desert blues sound, and a way with polyrhythms unique to the Sahel.
  • Vinyl Double LP (THRILL442LP)
  • CD (THRILL442CD)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Félix Blume
Death In Haiti: Funeral Brass Bands & Sounds from Port Au Prince

Felix Blume is the sound-artist credited with Death In Haiti: Funeral Brass Bands & Sounds from Port Au Prince, but what he has really done is provided a window through which the people of Haiti can shine. Funerals, funeral processions and church services are condensed into a rich and powerful sound picture of these traditions. Masterfull presented on vinyl by Discrepant.
  • Vinyl LP (CREP51)

DJ Katapila
Aroo

Ghana’s DJ Katapila returns to Awesome Tapes From Africa for this EP of funky pan-African party music. In Katapila’s own words, these four tracks follow a simple equation for dancefloor success - “Francophone rhythms plus techno equals hot and danceable”. Amen. The likes of the title track and ‘African Techno’ reap the rewards of his formula.
  • Vinyl 12" (ATFA023LP)
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Tim Maia
Disco Club

The public’s seemingly unquenchable desire for Brazilian sounds has led to the unearthing of another long-lost treasure. Tim Maia is something of a legend in his home country, producing endless wedges of Brazilian soul between 1970 and his death in 1998. His eighth LP pits his powerful baritone yip against muscular funk and disco grooves. Though reissued once in 1991, this is the first time Disco Club has resurfaced with the original track titles (they were changed for the 1991 pressing).
  • Vinyl LP (MRBLP156)
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Africa Express
Africa Express Presents...Terry Riley's In C Mali

Terry Riley's In C Mali by Africa Express is the first ever recording of Riley’s minimalist work by an African ensemble. In C Mali was originally written by Terry Riley in 1964. Upon hearing this new version the composer said that he was “overwhelmed and delighted”. The piece is conducted by Anton De Ridder who has lent his expertise to Max Richter, Jonny Greenwood and These New Puritans to name but a few. Terry Riley's In C Mali is available on limited edition vinyl LP (500 copies) and CD.
  • Vinyl LP (TRANS186X)

The Mauskovic Dance Band
Down In The Basement

Nicola Mauskovic takes time out from his gigs drumming for W.I.T.C.H., Altin Gun and Jacco Gardner for a project of his own. Enlisting a band and the services of Cumbia producer Juan Hundred, Down In The Basement throws together thick bass grooves, Hi-Life guitar and gang vocals to ebullient effect. The title could be derived from Talking Heads’s ‘Girlfriend is Better’, which would be an apt comparison, while fellow Soundway acts Meridian Brothers and Ondatropica also come to mind.
  • Vinyl 12" (SNDW12029)

Various
Brownswood 10 Versions

Tenth birthday release from the Brownswood label, who have decided to celebrate the occasion with ten key cover versions from their quality roster. Represented here are the likes of Mala, Giles Peterson and his Havana Cultura Band and Owiny Sigoma Band, reinterpreting music by Can, Art Blakey, Sun Ra and other heavyweights. Double LP release on Brownswood Recordings.
  • Vinyl Double LP (BWOOD159LP)
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Hailu Mergia
Lala Belu

This is Hailu Mergia’s first LP since the upswing in interest in his music over the past half-decade. The revival is down in large part to the re-release job Awesome Tapes From Africa have done on some of his old records, and as such it’s fitting that Lala Belu should surface on the label. Backed by Tony Buck and Mike Majkowski, the music of Lala Belu is a knotted, swaying hybrid of American and Ethiopian jazz stylings.
  • Vinyl LP (ATFA028LP)
  • CD (ATFA028CD)

Camarão
The Imaginary Soundtrack to a Brazilian Western Movie

Camarão is considered one of the finest accordion players ever to come out of Northeastern Brazil, and his marvellous The Imaginary Soundtrack to a Brazilian Western Movie is a great, playful suite of groovy music, drawing up an alternate universe of baiao-inflected cowboy accompaniments. Reissued to CD and vinyl by Analog Africa.
  • Vinyl LP (AALP085)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Bonga
Angola 74

This ten track release from Bonga is entitled Angola 74. A combination of 'must have' African music and available, for the first time, alongside it's sister record (Angola 72), on reissued vinyl LP on Lusafrica. Both records come paired with their original artwork as they were in 1972 and 1974. A must have for avid collectors. 
  • Vinyl LP (762591)
  • £21.49 £16.12 (saving: £5.37)
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  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Seun Kuti & Egypt 80
Black Times

Seun Kuti is slowly maturing under the wings of the Egypt 80 orchestra he inherited from old man Fela. Carrying his dad’s political feathers, he’s made Black Times a conscious and global effort, filled with long songs, soulful solos, engaged lyrics, and afrobeat rhythms that you can not sit still to.
  • Vinyl Double LP (STRUT163LP)
  • CD (STRUT163CD)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Fela Kuti
He Miss Road

‘He Miss Road’ was created during one of Fela Kuti's most productive periods as an artist. This lush vinyl reissue (on long time Kuti curators Knitting Factory records) presents the fruit of lavish 70s funk combining with Fela's trademark Afrobeat sound. Using Ginger Baker as producer adds a nice footnote along with an opulent and psychedelic twist. Backed up steadfastly by Fela's Africa 70 band it's almost impossible not to feel the groove.
  • Vinyl LP (KFR2016-1)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Tal National
Tantabara

With one of Niger’s most popular bands going global in 2013 after Fat Cat released their excellent Kaani, Tal National look to grow their globalising fan base with their third LP Tantabara. It’s another whirlwind mix of Desert Blues, West African funk and polyrhythmic rock that is sure to soundtrack parties in ever-further-flung corners of the world.
  • Vinyl LP (FATLP149)
  • CD (FATCD149)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Various
Guitars of the Golden Triangle: Folk and Pop Music from Myanmar (Burma) Vol 2

The master of Sublime Frequencies Alan Bishop assembled this compilation of rare vintage Folk and Pop Music from Myanmar in 2005, placing deeply obscure and thoroughly gorgeous golden electric pop music from 70’s and 80’s Myanmar into the hands of modern international listeners. Except the CD has since fallen out of print… But look, a double LP reissue is here! Lovely stuff.
  • Vinyl Double LP (SF024LP)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Fela Kuti
Alagbon Close


  • Vinyl LP (KFR2011-1)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Imarhan
Temet

Imarhan are one of the premier bands within the desert blues world of Tuareg music, and Temet, their second album, finds them muscling up on their funkier, fuzzier, even disco sides. Both the CD and the vinyl edition of Temet come with a free City Slang label sampler CD (but only while stocks last…)
  • Vinyl LP (SLANG50135LP)
  • CD (SLANG50135)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Otto Sidharta
Indonesian Electronic Music 1979-1992

It's with no diminished excitement that the world's pioneering musicians and sound sculptors are time and time again unearthed and presented on celebrated archival labels. Here Indonesia's contribution to electronic music is explored through the eclectic and endlessly inventive sounds of Otto Sidharta.
  • CD (SR452)

Otto Sidharta
Four Indonesian Electronic Pieces 1979-1984

Extremely rare sounds from Otto Sidharta, an electronic composer from Indonesia. This release, which puts to vinyl four pieces from the double disc CD edition, were recorded between 1979 and 1992, and make for astonishing listening. Pure electronics are merged with environmental recordings to create vivid pieces of sound. LP release as part of Sub Rosa’s excellent Early Electronic series.
  • Vinyl LP (SRV452)

Various
Ernesto Chahoud presents TAITU – Soul-fuelled Stompers from 1960s – 1970s Ethiopia

Yet another Ethio-Jazz compilation here, this time courtesy of Lebanese crate-digger Ernesto Chahoud and Barely Breaking Even records. It would be easier to lament the slew of reissues of music from Ethiopia’s 60s/70s golden age if the music wasn’t so damn good. Mulatu Astatke features, obviously, but the show is stolen by the tracks indebted to funk, soul and Motown.
  • Vinyl Triple LP (BBE369CLP)
  • Label(s):
  • BBE

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.
  • Vinyl LP (88985472311)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Kaleidoscope
Kaleidoscope

A much required vinyl pressing for what the press release calls 'one of the great psychedelic rock albums of all time'. Kaleidoscope emerged out of the West Coast of America in the late '60s with a drenched reverby sound that must have had influence on the Doors and later era line ups of Love never mind the Brian Jonestown Massacre. This vinyl re-press comes with bonus photos and the story of the band. 
  • Vinyl LP (NA5145LP)

Belmond Black
Never Too Late

Cameroonian singer / guitarist / harmonica player Belmond Black travelled to Nigeria to cut this idiosyncratic mix of reggae and afro-funk in 1979. It was originally released under the title Happy to See You. As explained in this reissue’s extensive liner notes, it took the artist 38 years to track down a copy of his own record. The eventual happy reunion inspired the title change. Charming, raw and reverb-heavy, it’s more than a curio and worth checking out for Afrobeat and reggae enthusiasts.
  • Vinyl LP (KRLP 001)
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  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Fela Kuti
Shakara

Nigerian afrobeat king Fela Kuti is known for having a huge catalogue, but over the years many of his albums have been nigh-on forgotten. The Knitting Factory label are working to change that now, individually reissuing a selection of albums for the first time on vinyl. Shakara contains the Fela favourite ‘Lady’, along with a much rarer cut.
  • Vinyl LP (KFR2027-1)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Fela Kuti
Fear Not For Man


  • Vinyl LP (KFR2028-1)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Fela Kuti
Everything Scatter


  • Vinyl LP (KFR2013-1)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Fela Kuti
Beasts Of No Nation


  • Vinyl LP (KFR2043-1)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Various
Brasil

A snapshot of a time and place of relative obscurity before globalised communication brought geographically disparate musical worlds together. 20 years after it was recorded, 'Brasil' is back on a repress, an essential document featuring a host of incredible musicians eking out the sound of a most vibrant nation.
  • Vinyl LP (SJRLP405)
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  • CD (SJRCD405)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Various
Gumba Fire: Bubblegum Soul & Synth Boogie In 1980s South Africa

Hey, who fancies a chunky bagful of rare South-African bubblegum disco-soul from the 1980’s? That’s right, everyone does. Gumba Fire is a curatorial collaboration between Miles Cleret and DJ Okapi, and between them they’ve picked out some real dancefloor stormers. CD and triple LP editions available, from Soundway.
  • Vinyl Triple LP (SNDWLP124)

Amara Toure (with Black and white)
Singles Collection 1973-1980

Singles Collection 1973-1980 is a bit of a misnomer for this collection, as this isn’t just a slice of Amara Toure’s work, but rather his entire recorded discography. The quality of material suggests that this is a tragedy, but at least we have these ten tracks of intense and sultry sound. Remastered recordings, out on Analog Africa.
  • Vinyl Double LP (AALP078)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Mustafa Ozkent
Funk Anatolian

Turkish funk master Mustafa Ozkent released a cult classic in 1973 - Genclik Ile Elele, and now, 44 years later is back with a new full length album. Funk Anatolian promises a similar hyper-disciplined foray into funk, psych and jazz, with musicians that can’t be faltered and a world spanning groove that can’t be ignored.
  • Vinyl LP (HMLP 005)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Various
Tokyo Nights: Female J-Pop Boogie Funk 81-88

With Japan’s economic boom of the 1980s came the neon wonderlands of metropolises like Tokyo and Osaka. These futuristic cities, all bright lights and new money, needed a soundtrack, and in the genre of City Pop they got one. An amalgamation of electro-funk, r 'n' b, techno-pop and soul, City Pop’s quirky style has worn well and now shows up in the aesthetics of culture-vultures like Mac Demarco and Ariel Pink. On this double-LP, Cultures of Soul chronicle some of the best female exponents of the genre.
  • Vinyl Double LP (COS021LP)
  • CD (COS021CD)

Various
Paradise Bangkok - The Album Vol. 2

If you missed any of the Paradise Bangkok 45 singles that have been released in the last two years (which, let’s be honest, you did, because those things were highly limited), you’ll be relieved to see that the second compilation volume is now available! Stacks of quality Thai tracks, including three that have not previously been reissued. Vinyl LP release.
  • Vinyl LP (PBLP002)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

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)

Various
Bombay Disco Volume 2

Cultures Of Soul take you deeper into the bazaars of India than any other label. A second Bombay Disco adventure is upon us. Gleaming disco explorations, marching funk and hidden alley grooves will get your skeleton going. Greats on this include B Lahiri, A Bhosle and RD Burman. So stand up with a drink (liner notes even contain cocktail recipes) and Kā ānanda (enjoy). Out on Double LP and CD.
  • Vinyl Double LP (COS011LP)
  • CD (COS011CD)

Dur-Dur Band
Volume 5


  • Vinyl Double LP (ATFA004LP)
  • CD (ATFA004CD)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Ebo Taylor and The Pelicans
Ebo Taylor and The Pelikans

Ghanaian highlife hero Ebo Taylor gets the heavyweight reissue treatment from the ever-reliable Mr. Bongo for his rare and refined LP with The Pelikans. This is a gem of a record from one of the greats of West African grooves, all jubilant horns, loose funk and sweet soulful crooning from Taylor (on his first outing as a singer) with able assistance from Bessa Simmona and Fifi Orleans Lindsay.
  • Vinyl LP (MRBLP146)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Trio Da Kali and Kronos Quartet
Ladilikan

Kronos Quartet are leaders in modern classical and their drive to collaborate and experiment is probably the main reason why. After their works with the likes of Philip Glass, Steve Reich, and Clint Mansell it’s more about finding more artists to collaborate with. Bring in Trio Da Kali some of the finest traditional musicians from Mali and you’ve got a recipe for incredible rich diversity.
  • Vinyl LP (WCV093)
  • CD (WCD093)

Survival (Afro Rock)
Simmer Down


  • Vinyl LP (SR014LP)
  • CD (SR014)

Gökçen Kaynatan
Gökçen Kaynatan

Gökçen Kaynatan is a lesser-known Turkish music mastermind, responsible for changing the way the Turkish industry worked with his studio innovations. As far as his own work goes, he only ever released four 7” singles, but boy what singles; funky experimental electronic rock with an amazing lightness of touch. All gathered together here on this Finders Keepers compilation.
  • Vinyl LP (FKR091LP)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Various
The Original Sound Of Burkina Faso

Why not delve into the music of the West African nation of Burkina Faso? Come on now, Mr Bongo have made it easy for you with this juicy compilation. The Original Sound of Burkina Faso contains artists from across a range of genres, but with funky good times running through almost every track here. Comes with a booklet of liner notes and photos on CD and double LP formats.
  • Vinyl Double LP (MRBLP152)
  • CD (MRBCD152)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Saulius Petreikis & Domas Strupinskas
Lietava

Saulius Petreiki and Domas Strupinskas’s album Lietava presents an array of sixteen traditional folk instruments from their native Lithuania, all of which have fallen out of regular public use and some of which have scarcely even been recorded before. This album succeeds as a set of compositions and as a work of cultural archaeology. Released by Thestate51 Conspiracy.
  • Vinyl LP (CON208LP)

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

Tim Maia has a lot of cultural caché in his native Brazil, but his profile in the English-speaking world could do with a little boost: enter Luaka Bop. The David Byrne-affiliated label have compiled 15 highlights from Maia’s extremely soulful career. Nobody Can Live Forever: The Existential Soul of Tim Maia is available on CD or double LP.
  • Vinyl Double LP (LB67LP)

Various
I Believe I'll Go Back Home 1906-1959

I Believe I’ll Go Back Home 1906-1959 is another fine compilation curated by the talents of Mississippi. Recordings are taken from the first half of the twentieth century and from all over the world, reflecting the folk musics of Indian, Native American, Greek, Hawaiian, Cuban, Jewish etc. traditions. Superb selections as usual. LP release.
  • Vinyl LP (MRP106LP)

Witch
Lazy Bones

'Lazy Bones!!', the third record by Zambian garage rockers Witch, trawls through rollicking guitar riffs (with plenty of fuzz action), avid drum fills and sublime vocal harmonies, creating a sound that's joyous and communal whatever genre it ends up slinking into (be it their preference for funk or psych rock). It's being reissued by Now-Again Records, for all to hear.
  • Vinyl LP (NA5105LP)

Kasai Allstars & Orchestre Symphonique Kimbanguiste
Around Félicité

Around Felicite is a film by Alain Gomis, inspired by the heady sounds of Kinshasa’s finest, the Kasai Allstars. Of course, who could be better to soundtrack such a film than the Allstars themselves, working in this case with the Orchestre Symphonique Kimbanguiste for extra symphonic colour. Double CD and double LP editions on Crammed Discs.
  • Vinyl Double LP (CRAM273LP)
  • CD (CRAM273)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World
  • Soundtracks

Maria Rita
Brasileira

Extremely rare in its original edition, Maria Rita’s album Brasileira is now freed from the nonsense of collector’s scarcity and is being made available for everyone else, thanks to this official reissue on Selva Discos, a new label from the Selvagem duo. Truly beautiful songcraft from Maria Rita, recorded in 1988.
  • Vinyl LP (OMSD001)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Cüneyt Sepetçi
Bulgar Gaydas

Cüneyt Sepetçi is a master clarinetist from Istanbul. This album displays his modernised spin on tradition-steeped wedding band music, driven by Volkan Sever’s microtonal synth and two drummers playing against a drum machine, creating dense polyrhythms. It has a similar irresistible party intensity to the music of Islam Chipsy and Omar Souleyman, with the added excitement of Sepetçi’s wild solos.
  • Vinyl LP (LM16)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Various
Brazilian Guitar Fuzz Bananas


  • Vinyl Double LP (WPFCTIF102LP)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Various
Jukebox Mambo - Volume III

Mambo baby! DJ Liam Large is behind the controls for the third installment of the Jukebox Mambo compilation series, presenting the fine-filtered results of hundreds of hours of crate-digging. Real obscure recordings here, all of them full of fire, love and life. CD and double LP editions, both liner notes and photos.
  • Vinyl Double LP (JMANLP094)
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Maryam Saleh, Maurice Louca & Tamer Abu Ghazaleh
Lekhfa

Maryam Saleh, Maurice Louca & Tamer Abu Ghazaleh -- all names known to fans of alternative Arabic music; here's their shimmering new record. All three have stunned critics and wider audiences with their solo works and collaborative projects. On Lekhfa, they flaunt their hallucinatory sound; a domain wherein substance and ethereal beauty entwine and encapsulate the poetry of Egypt's Mido Zoheir, their new unofficial fourth member. LP / CD on Mostakell.
  • Vinyl LP (MST4001)
  • CD (MST0003)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Omar Souleyman
To Syria, With Love

Omar Souleyman's newest record goes straight to the dancefloor with rapturous delight. His collaborations with producer Hasan Alo are some of his most immense and captively hypnotic in years; named in passionate tribute to his home country, it's a sign of the immense music he was making before being thrown into the limelight.
  • Vinyl Double LP (BEC5543123)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • CD (BEC5543122)
  • 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.
  • Vinyl LP (DEATH013LP)
  • Tape (DEATH013)

Professor Rhythm
Bafana Bafana

Awesome Tapes From Africa’s unceasing quest to widely circulate gems of African music continues with Professor Rhythm’s 1990’s house album Bafana Bafana. This material was a hit in South Africa, channelling bubblegum pop and kwaito styles along with Chicago-esque house. Good times! LP and CD editions.
  • Vinyl LP (ATFA027LP)
  • CD (ATFA027CD)

Orchestre Les Mangelepa
Last Band Standing

Orchestre Les Mangelepa is the big band group formed by Congolese musicians residing in Kenya circa the early 70’s. They have deservedly built up a legendary following around Africa, and recently spread their wings to European shores. Last Band Standing is an album of new recordings of their classic material, offering under-informed types like you and me the chance to revel in sound of this lovely band.
  • Vinyl LP (STRUT159LP)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Diron Animal
Alone

Soundway Record keep the quality high as Diron Animal drops his infectious, rhythmic album into the world. Taking cues from modern dance genres but hugely spiked with Angolan and Portugese influences, the album treads into funk, disco and rap, always imbued with the colourful and vibrant flavour that keeps Diron Animal unique.
  • Vinyl LP (SNDWLP123)
  • £14.49 £10.87 (saving: £3.62)
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  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Antonio Adolfo
Viralata

Viralata is the big classic for explorers of Brazilian progressive jazz-funk, standing tall above the rest with its fabulous grooves. Antonio Adolfo and his band really nailed it here, earning the album a surprise afterlife as a favourite in seminal London dubstep club Plastic People… Needless to say original copies of this are supremely rare, but this first-time vinyl reissue is here to save the day! On Far Out Recordings.
  • Vinyl LP (LPA003)

Kink Gong
Tibetan Buddhism Trip

So field recorder Laurent Jeanneau decided it was a good idea to release his recordings of ethnic minorities and their music under the name Kink Gong. He was wrong of course but either way we have a beguiling recording from Tibet and Yunnan in China which has been recomposed by Jeanneau in Berlin to form Tibetan Buddhism Trip.
  • CD (AKUCD1006)
  • Vinyl LP (AKULP1006)
  • £19.49 £14.62 (saving: £4.87)
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  • Last copy

Témé Tan
Témé Tan

Teme Tan, aka multi-instrumentalist Tanguy Haesevoets, presents this self-titled debut offering, which reflects upon the producer's wanderlust. Brought up to and from the corners of of the DRC, Belgium and Kinshasha, the pioneer's well-cultured attitude is reflected in his works; this is unique and complex material.
  • Vinyl LP (PIASB487LP)
  • CD (PIASB487CD)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Baba Zula
XX

In 2016 the wonderful Baba Zula celebrated 20 years of existence, in which they expanded their reputation, becoming forerunners in contemporary psychedelia and deserving an esteemed place in Turkish music history. Spanning two discs of career defining moments, the new one traces a vast and suitably colourful journey through their history with electrifying live and unreleased gems sitting alongside studio tracks and an alternative version of "Bir Sana Bir De Bana", one of the band’s best hits. Explorers looking to take themselves on a sonic and historic journey with the masters of the Istanbul freak sound are in the right place.
  • Vinyl Double LP (GBLP042)
  • CD (GBCD042)

Lord Echo
The Sweetest Meditation Remixes

Lord Echo, AKA Mike Fabulous/Mike August of The Black Seeds and Shogun Orchestra, presents these mixes of a track taken from his latest album Harmonies. Featuring vocals from Mara TK of Electric Wire Hustle and a remix by Julien Dyne it’s four tracks of the smoothest disco/funk/soul meets dub Echo is synonymous with.
  • Vinyl 12" (SNDW12027)

Mutamassik
Symbols Follow

Mutamassik has always tried to defy description, and has certainly become rather deft at it. Perhaps the label’s descriptor ‘arabified swamp music’ suits Symbols Follow, which hopefully will be as far out as Mutamassik’s previous works. Expect thumping, hypnotizing beats coated in strange sound collages.
  • Vinyl LP (CREP14)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy

Nahid Akhtar
I Am Black Beauty

Lollywood film music is occasionally overshadowed by its biggest neighbour, Bollywood. However, straight out of Lollywood’s ‘I Am Black Beauty’ is the films’ soundtrack that has been remastered and released on ‘Finders Keepers’; who have a habit of plucking quality soundtracks out of Asian films and making them even better. Nahid Akhtar’s I Am Black Beauty is available on Vinyl LP.
  • Vinyl LP (FKR083LP)
  • £17.99 £13.49 (saving: £4.50)
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  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Antibalas
Where The Gods Are In Peace

Large Brooklyn based collective Antibalas release their sixth full length studio album. Taking their blueprint from Fela Kuti and having members of Afrika 70 and Egypt 80 perform with them several times, they are keeping afrobeat very much alive and striving to update it with modern influences from hip hop, jazz, funk, and dub. Vinyl comes with download code, on Daptone.
  • CD (DAP-046)

Vanishing Twin
Choose Your Own Adventure

Vanishing Twin is a project led by Cathy Lucas (of The Oscillation), named for the phantom twin sister she absorbed in the womb(!). That should tip you off to the odd edge that Choose Your Own Adventure has: appealing pop music, but made strange and obscure. Also features personnel from Tomaga, Broadcast and Floating Points. Debut album, out on Soundway.
  • Vinyl LP (SNDWLP089)
  • CD (SNDWCD089)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

The Movers
Kansas City

A classic slice of disco, The Movers originally had this one out in 1979, having long established themselves as a band of innovative hybrid -- the South African group had previously worked funk and marabi jazz into their sound, experimenting with approaches to dance. Kansas City is proof of the band's fusion talents. 
  • Vinyl LP (SNDWLP121)

Sirom
I Can Be A Clay Snapper

Slovenian band Sirom bring us their second album of wildly sculpted folk-infused sounds, on I Can Be A Clay Snapper. Their hand-fashioned collection of instruments emit fantastical noises outside of constraints like geographical land borders. A huge, mesmeric blast of fun. Mixed by Chris Eckman, for Glitterbeat, on LP and CD formats. Two tasty choices.
  • Vinyl LP (GBLP051)
  • CD (GBCD051)

Msafiri Zawose
Uhamiaji

Uhamiaji is the latest release from Msafiri Zawose. The record can be traced all the way to back to Zawose's roots in Tanzania, and this shows in the thirteen tracks that fill this full length. This powerful and well produced collection of songs is available on Vinyl LP and CD, and on the label Soundway.
  • Vinyl LP (SNDWLP122)
  • CD (SNDWCD122)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

The Souljazz Orchestra
Under Burning Skies

Strut have a knack for finding funky groovers for a good time. Here they are with the Canadian movers; The Souljazz Orchestra. Under Burning Skies is a vintage ‘80s funk, boogie, disco record with Afro grooves. The album is a perfect meld of old and new sounds and bound to have everyone dancing until the early hours.   
  • Vinyl LP (STRUT155LP)
  • CD (STRUT155CD)

Various
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.
  • Vinyl Double LP (HS107VL)

Tony Allen
The Source

Tony Allen, legendary drummer and innovator of Afrobeat with Fela Kuti, releases his latest in a long line of solo albums. Perhaps surprisingly for such a legend with such a long career and lengthy catalogue, The Source is Tony's first for Blue Note. The statuesque label has been through so many changes, now representing a philosophy of quality and the analogue principles of its founders. Warm jazz sounds.
  • Vinyl Double LP (5768336)
  • CD (5781091)

Various
Don

Silva Screen reissue the long out of print soundtrack to the 1978 bollywood thriller Don, directed by Chandra Barot. In order to sell it to western big beat fans, they've pointed out that it contains the song 'Yeh Mera Dil Yaar Ka Diwana' by Asha Bhosle, who inspired 90s megahit 'Brimful of Asha' and was sampled in Black Eyed Peas' Don't Phunk With My Heart.
  • Vinyl 12" (SILLP1533)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World
  • Soundtracks

Various
Abatwa (The Pygmy): Why Did We Stop Growing Tall?

This compilation presents a variety of treasures from Rwanda, performed by members of the Abatwa peoples. Why Did We Stop Growing Tall features not only single-string violins and traditional harps and vocals, but also lo-fi battery-powered looping machines, which gives these recordings a delicious variety. CD and LP editions on Glitterbeat.
  • Vinyl LP (GBLP049)
  • CD (GBCD049)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Jay-U Experience
Enough Is Enough

Jay-U's highly infectious sound traversed a rocksteady funk packaged with reggae, jazz and tinges of psychedelia, a strange but trancing fusion bound together by lots of really great sax solos. Enough Is Enough saw initial release in Nigeria back in '77 but surely deserves a dancefloor audience all of its own.
  • Vinyl LP (SNDWLP115)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Amancio D'Silva
Integration

Helping to form the zenith of 1960's jazz, is Integration - a slice of solid musical gold. Any aficionado would tell you an original pressing would cost you well of £1000, but the material itself is priceless; Amancio D'Silva amounts to a true high point in the history of British jazz.
  • Vinyl LP (PHE003)

Various
Wanted Afrobeat

Wagram present a series of collaborative compilations with photographer Chris Steele-Perkins covering a huge range of music called Wanted presented with incredible imagery. This time round Afrobeat, featuring cuts from Pat Thomas, Girma Bèyènè, Mulatu Astatke, Peter King, and Livy Ekemezie.
  • Vinyl LP (3348386)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Khun Narin
Khun Narin's Electric Phin Band

It all began when someone posted a clip of this band on youtube with the caption  “MINDBLOWING PSYCHEDELIA FROM THAILAND”. What could be seen was a group of musicians who lived in a remote village hundreds of miles away from Bangkok playing some heavy, heavy psych. This led to American producer Josh Marcy contacting the band with a view to producing them. This is the result. The membership of the band and spans several generations, from high school kids to men well into their 60s and is always fluctuating and changing. Its going to be nothing less than interesting, this one. 
  • Vinyl LP (IL2021V)

Various
Soul Sok Séga – Séga Sounds From Mauritius 1973-1979

Strut Records had a healthy trawl through a collection of records from Mauritius, bringing the sound of Séga music to a wider audience. Apart from initial, often hard to find releases, none of these tracks have ever been reissued outside of Mauritius itself, so Soul Sok Séga is a serious treat, both as a document and as a selection of fantastic grooves.
  • Vinyl Double LP (STRUT139LP)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Hotline
You Are Mine

Soundway proudly re-issue the only album from Nigerian boogie masters Hotline. Originally 1986 You Are Mine is a no-holds-barred funk/disco takedown, slapped bass and synth basslines that sound like zippers and the cheekiest leadlines you’ve ever not heard. Comes with new liner notes and photos.
  • Vinyl LP (SNDWLP114)

Fool's Gold
Leave No Trace


  • Vinyl LP (65660578911)
  • In stock and ready to ship

Benjamin Ball
I Just Keep Dancing

Taken from Benjamin Ball’s 1984 debut album Paulina and the second single taken from Cultures of Soul’s Boogie Breakdown compilation of South African synth disco alongside The Cannibals and Harari. Contains original disco boogie mix, backed with an edit by Boston deep house duo Soul Clap.
  • Vinyl 12" (COS50612)

Various
Pop Makossa: The Invasive Dance Beat of Cameroon 1976-1984

Please dig this extremely high quality compilation of what happened when disco and funk started to have an influence on Cameroon’s Makossa style. Pop Makossa: The Invasive Dance Beat of Cameroon 1976-1984 is funky, varied and an all-round wonderful listen. Double CD and double LP editions, both accompanied with a useful booklet, released by Analog Africa
  • Vinyl Double LP (AALP083)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy
  • CD (AACD083)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Songhoy Blues
Résistance

Another album of wonderful afro-funk-pop from Songhoy Blues! Résistance features guest appearances from Elf Kid, a children’s choir, and, most remarkably, punk’s sacred aunt Iggy Pop, and the whole thing flows like liquid gold. Chanting vocals, meaty rhythms, and that light-and-choppy guitar sound. Out on Transgressive.
  • Vinyl LP (TRANS298X)
  • Limited edition
  • Indies-only
  • Vinyl LP (TRANS298XA)
  • CD (TRANS298CD)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Jupiter & Okwess
Kin Sonic

Throughout Kin Sonic,  Jupiter and Okwess put a modern twist on the usually traditional style of Congo music. This album is a produce of all Jupiter & Okwess' encounters and influences throughout their lifetime. Okwess (meaning 'food' in Kibunda) is the fruit of his journeys throughout his lifetime, and the album is a perfect creation from many different inspirations.
  • Vinyl LP (GBLP050)
  • CD (GBCD050)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

The Apples
Mind Twister

Apples were one of the remarkable student bands doing their thing in Lagos, Nigeria in the late 1970’s. The fresh afro-funk of Mind Funk sounds like it has to be the result of many years experience, but no, these guys were just kids. Premium grooving material, obscure and unavailable for too long up until this welcome CD and vinyl reissue. On Odion Livingstone.
  • Vinyl LP (ODILIV3LP)
  • CD (ODILIV3CD)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Various
Ote Maloya - The Birth Of Electric Maloya In La Réunion 1975-1986

Maloya is the traditional music of Reunion Island, originally practiced by 17th Century slaves but kept alive all through the twentieth century. Ote Maloya - The Birth Of Electric Maloya In La Reunion 1975 - 1986, a compilation put together by La Basse Tropicale, documents the evolution that occurred when Maloya mixed with jazz, psychedelic music and more. CD and double LP editions on Strut.
  • CD (STRUT151CD)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Kensuke Ide with His Mothership featuring Pongsapon Upani vs Hair Stylistics
Otemoyan Isan

Kensuke Ide And His Mothership make gloriously soft and sweet “Luk Thung” (Thai country music), joined here by Khaen player Pongsapong Upani, Otemoyan Isan is a pop song crossover track in support of the film Bangkok Nites. Backed with an instrumental and remix from Hair Stylistics/Violent Onsen Geisha (imagine V/Vm with hip hop breaks). This record is equal parts fun, sweet and completely bonkers.
  • Vinyl 12" (EM1163TEP)
  • £13.99 £8.39 (saving: £5.60)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Pat Thomas
Coming Home

Stunning collection of Ghanaian Big Band music covering Pat Thomas’ huge body of work from 1961 to 1984. Coming Home includes some highlights from his collaborations with The Black Berets and Ebo Taylor, who he formed The Sweet Beans with, and they would then reform as Marijata. The collection tracks his moves around the world bringing the Ghanaian “Highlife” sound with him.
  • CD (STRUT147CD)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Umoja
707

Umoja was the bubblegum pop project of South African musical all-rounder Alec Khaoli. Their crucial album 707 was released in 1988 (at the heart of apartheid) with the intention of bringing people together across race boundaries. In doing so, 707 also defined the bubblegum music style. Now reissued on vinyl and CD (but not tape) by Awesome Tapes From Africa.
  • Vinyl LP (ATFA025LP)
  • CD (ATFA025CD)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

A Hawk And A Hacksaw
Cervantine


  • Vinyl LP (LM003)
  • CD (LM003CD)

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