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Welcome To Zamrock! Vol. 2: How Zambia’s Liberation Led To A Rock Revolution 1972-1977

Zamrock, in case you have been depriving yourself of its joy, is the sound that Zambia came up with in the 1970’s in response to the twin wonders of James Brown-esque funk and psychedelic rock from the likes of Jimi Hendrix. Welcome To Zamrock! Vol. 2 walks you through the story of the genre and gives you some amazing tracks to get funky with. Double LP edition and CD edition with book, on Now-Again.
  • Vinyl Double LP (NA5148LP)
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  • CD (NA5148CD)
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Hailu Mergia & Dahlak Band
Wede Harer Guzo

Hailu Mergia recorded Wede Harer Guzo with his Dahlak Band in Addis Ababa in 1978, during breaks from spreading wonderful party dancing among the hotels and clubs of the city. This is the very first time these recordings have been made commercially available outside of Ethiopia: celebrate! On Awesome Tapes From Africa.
  • Vinyl Double LP (ATFA021LP)
  • CD (ATFA021CD)
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Pat Thomas
Coming Home

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

Mulatu Astatke
Mulatu Steps Ahead


  • Vinyl Double LP (STRUT56LP)

Alice Coltrane
World Spirituality Classics 1: The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda

World Spirituality Classics 1: The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitandanda contains some of the material that Alice Coltrane released in later life, as an aspect of her spiritual experience. Gospel and Indian devotional traditions mix with Alice’s own inspiration. Originally only available via Alice’s ashram, this music is now available on vinyl and CD, thanks to Luaka Bop. Both editions come with informative booklets.
  • Vinyl Double LP (LB87LP)
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  • Last copy
  • CD (LB87CD)

William Onyeabor
Body & Soul

Many fell in love with the gorgeously bright music of Nigerian artist William Onyeabor after Luaka Bop released Who is…? in 2013. Now, they are reissuing his full catalogue! Body & Soul is soulful and typically funky: it is somewhat astounding that such contemporary-sounding music was made in 1980.
  • Vinyl LP (LB5035LP)
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

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.
  • Vinyl LP (MRG585LPC1)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Indies-only
  • Vinyl LP (MRG585LP)
  • CD (MRG585CD)

Om Alec Khaoli
Say You Love Me

From 1985, here is an EP from bass-playing South African songwriter Om Alec Khaoli, created under his own conditions in defiance of the racist apartheid regime. Say You Love Me is a four track set of joyful funky widescreen pop music that you are just going to love. 12” and CD reissues on Awesome Tapes From Africa.
  • Vinyl 12" (ATFA026LP)
  • CD (ATFA026CD)
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Various
Zaire 74

Excellent documentation of the excellent festival in Zaire in 1974. The most famous part of the event was the Muhammad Ali and George Foreman fight,followed by sets by American artists like James Brown, but this compilation focuses on the lesser-considered performances by African artists. Zaire 74 features complete sets from acts including Abumba Masikini, Miriam Makeba and Tabu Ley Rochereau! Presented on two CDs or three LPs,  with an accompanying booklet.
  • Vinyl Triple LP (WRASS350)
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Ennanga Vision
Ennanga Vision

Ennanga Vision's self-titled offering is a cultured release, with a broad glut of influences. As the touring keyboard player for world-beaters Gorillaz, Jesse Hackett is no stranger to the big stage, and this is an album that's fit for one; it melds an array of electronic sounds with organic African instrumentation.
  • Vinyl Double LP (SNDWLP105X)
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  • Limited edition
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  • Vinyl Double LP (SNDWLP105)
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  • CD (SNDWCD105)
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Grotto
At Last

Grotto are an awesome Nigerian Afro-funk-rock band from the 70’s, who remarkable recorded their debut album At Last when they were only about 16. Grotto are loads better than any other student band you ever heard: I always thought you needed more years of life experience to play grooves this funky, but Grotto prove me wrong! Reissue of this very rare record on Odion
  • Vinyl LP (ODILIV2LP)
  • CD (ODILIV2CD)
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Ahmed Malek & Flako
The Electronic Tapes

The music of Ahmed Malek, an Algerian synth explorer active in the 1980’s, was never released during his lifetime, but Habibi Funk have been given access to his archives, and they’ve enlisted Flako to select and produce a cohesive album of highlights. The Electronic Tapes shows off the underappreciated talents of Malek, and the accompanying booklet adds insight.
  • Vinyl LP (HABIBI0051)

Addictive TV
Orchestra of Samples

Graham Daniels and Mark Vidler (Go Home Productions) are VJs and mash-up artists extraordinaires, probably most well known for their Blondie vs The Doors melding into Rapture Riders. Taking this idea to a huge scale they have been travelling for the last 5 years and sampled over 200 musicians from more than 25 countries, pooling all of these recordings and creating a unique album from it, quite rightfully titled Orchestra Of Samples.
  • Vinyl Double LP (OOS1LP)
  • CD (OOS1CD)

Ifriqiyya Electrique
Ruwahine

Ifriqiyya Electrique is a post-industrial spin on traditional Sufi trance music, wherein the chanting vocals, nagharats, krakebs and hammering percussion of the Sufi musicians are bolstered by electric instruments and dense industrial production. It's a curious blend, but rhythm is at the core of it all, so Ruwahine is a success.
  • Vinyl LP (GBLP046)
  • CD (GBCD046)
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Arthur Verocai
Encore

Arthur Verocai’s debut album is an obscure hidden classic of funky Brazilian samba-soul music, released to not-enough interest in 1972 but rediscovered in 2004 by Harmonic 313. Consequently, Verocai returned in 2007 with Encore, an album of new compositions recorded with an ensemble who understood his vision. Now reissued by Far Out Recordings.
  • Vinyl LP (FARO122LPX)
  • CD (FARO122CDX)
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Kondi Band
Salone

Kondi Band is Sorie Kondi, playing the kondi thumb piano, with producer DJ Chief Boima. This Sierra Leone / US collaboration resulted in fabulous music, with Boima’s electronic production bringing out the latent techno-pulse within Kondi’s propulsive thumb piano compositions. Salone is a brilliant listen, whatever angle you hear it from. Out on Strut.
  • Vinyl LP (STRUT143LP)
  • CD (STRUT143CD)

Shango Dance Band
Shango Dance Band

The original release of this premium slice of afrobeat was so limited and hard to get hold of that it might as well not have existed unless you’ve got real collector-depth pockets. So rejoice at this reissue of Shango Dance Band’s eponymous album, properly available at last! It rolls and grooves and smiles and throbs like only the finest Nigerian afrobeat can. Reissue from Comb & Razor.
  • Vinyl LP (CRZR1003LP)
  • CD (CRZR1003CD)
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Visions Congo
Mulago Sound Studio

Visions Congo is Goncalo F Cardoso, the operator of the Discrepant label and a serial pseudonym-user. This one is named for its origins in field recordings of a long trip to central Africa in 2015. Mulago Sound Studio densely layers rich recordings into an even richer stew, often then undermining itself with some surprise insertions. LP release on Discrepant.
  • Vinyl LP (CREP40)

S.E. Rogie
The Sounds Of... Vol. 1

Sooliman Ernest Rogers or S.E. Rogie was a tailor turned guitarist and singer from Sierra Leone. Being an active musician from 1960 up until his death in 1994, there was a fair amount of material. This compilation was originally recorded in the late 80s and the guys at Mississippi and Domino thought it was time for a repress. Filled with gorgeous melody and guitar they weren’t wrong.
  • Vinyl LP (MRP050LP)
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

John Wizards
John Wizards


  • Vinyl LP (ZIQ336)
  • CD (ZIQ336CD)

Al Massrieen
Modern Music

Al Massrieen are a beautiful hybrid of disco, funk, and jazz-pop, active in Egypt in the 70’s but only released within the country and on cassette. The Habibi Funk here continue with their admirable signal-boosting mission by giving Al Massrieen’s Modern Music an international vinyl release! What a serious groovy treat this is.
  • Vinyl LP (HABIBI006LP)
  • CD (HABIBI006CD)
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Various
Rough Guide to Bollywood: The Psychedelic Years

There are plenty of legends of Bollywood soundtracking here, going that extra psych mile. Featuring musicians such as R. D. Burman, Asha Bhosle and Mohammed Rafi -- all influenced by Western Rock 'n Roll and the entwined 'flower power' culture of the 1960s. Thus mushroomed the Indian Psychedelic Underground. Includes a full-album download card plus extra bonus tracks.
  • Vinyl LP (RGNET1354LP)

Mulatu Astatke
Mulatu of Ethiopia

Mulatu Astatke’s 1972, New York-recorded album Mulatu of Ethiopia is a true classic of Afro-jazz, and an early key step for Mulatu. Various editions are available (CD, LP and triple LP), featuring the original album remastered plus rare photos, an exclusive interview, and on some formats, outtakes and a mono master. Premium reissue on Strut.
  • Vinyl LP (STRUT129LP)
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  • CD (STRUT129CD)
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Various
Senegal 70: Sonic Gems & Previously Unreleased Recordings From The 70's

This compilation gathers together the cream of the music scene in 1970’s Senegal, where traditional sounds mixed with funk, soul and Cuban music to make a gorgeously slinky blend. Hefty booklets accompany both the CD and the double LP versions, full of useful biographies and beautiful photos. On Analog Africa.
  • Vinyl Double LP (AALP079)
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Ibibio Sound Machine / Machinedrum / Throwing Shade
Amai Ndiwulule / Lewasi / Dream Scene

The bulging archives of the International Library of African Music have recently been opened to a number of contemporary producers. On this 12”, Machinedrum, Throwing Shade and Ibibio Sound Machine all make a track using Hugh Tracy’s recordings (made over a 50 year period!). Talented names, amazing source material: what’s not to like? Out on Beating Heart.
  • Vinyl 12" (BH00312)

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)
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Various
Cartagena!: Curro Fuentes & The Big Band Cumbia and Descarga Sound of Colombia 1962 - 1972


  • Vinyl Double LP (SNDWLP026)

Ethio Stars / Tukul Band feat. Mulatu Astatke
Addis 1988

Mulatu Astatke’s international career has spiralled into serious recognition over the last few years, but this reissue reminds us how great he sounded in 1988. Addis 1988 is a studio date recorded with Ethio Stars and Turkul Band, with Mulatu’s original songs and arrangements sounding triumphant in the hands of these musicians. Reissue of a long out-of-print album, courtesy of Piranha Records.
  • Vinyl LP (PIR3060LP)
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Lord Echo
Harmonies

Harmonies is the ten-track release from Lord Echo. What has long been waited for is finally here. Described as ‘distinctive mutations of reggae and rock steady with disco, African soul, techno and spiritual jazz’ this record is a great addition to any rock/reggae collection and will appeal to many different audiences. Available on Vinyl LP and CD.
  • Vinyl Double LP (SNDWLP090X)
  • CD (SNDWCD090)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Ondatropica
Baile Bucanero

Ondatrópica’s second record features more than thirty musicians playing in a style that mixes the multiple influences of Bogota and Old Providence, the two locations in which it was recorded. Baile Bucanero shows off a funky Calypso / Gaita big-band in full-flow, and melodic joy-grooves dominate in every track. Released by Soundway.
  • Vinyl Double LP (SNDWLP092)
  • CD (SNDWCD092)
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

King Ayisoba
1000 Can Die

King Ayisoba’s new album is a particularly powerful statement from the Ghanaian musician. Produced by regular associate Zea (aka The Ex’s Arnold de Boer), 1000 Can Die takes ‘hiplife’ (the Ghanaian blend of highlife and hip-hop) as a starting point and flies yet further from there. Funky, high-energy African music. Out on Glitterbeat.
  • Vinyl LP (GBLP044)
  • CD (GBCD044)
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Dominowe
SiyaThakatha

Gqom is the raw n’ rough house sensation that’s sweeping the nation (of South Africa), and Dominowe is a sharp Durban producer whose stuff is even more impressive when you bear in mind that the guy is nineteen. SiyaThakatha shows off Dominowe’s different gqom styles in a fierce and remarkable flurry of beat power. 12” EP on Gqom Oh!
  • Vinyl 12" (GQOM004)

Tamikrest
Kidal

Fourth album from Tamikrest, the Tuareg nomadic group with the tight desert rock sound. Kidal is named for the Malian town that is at the core of Tuareg identity, and it carries the heat and the hope of the culture in its deep grooves, its vocal chants, and its sweetly meandering guitars. CD and LP release on the Glitterbeat label.
  • Vinyl LP (GBLP043)
  • CD (GBCD043)
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

William Onyeabor
Good Name

Plenty of people fell in love with the gorgeously bright music of Nigerian artist William Onyeabor after Luaka Bop released Who is…? two years ago. Now, they are reissuing his collected works! No need to resort to bootlegs any more. Good Name dates from 1983, and contains just two, side-long tracks of funky wonder.
  • Vinyl LP (LB5030LP)
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Emel
Ensen

Emel is a Tunisian artist that has become well known for her uplifting and positive attitudes towards women in her music, and her second album Ensen is no different. This album is a carefully crafted combination of electronica with Tunisian textured music that has been constructed in a cinematic universe. Available on Vinyl LP and CD.
  • Vinyl LP (PTKF2133-1)
  • CD (PTKF2133-2)
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Various
Vodou Drums in Haiti 2: The Living Gods of Haiti – 21st Century Ritual Drums & Spirit Possession

Soul Jazz follow up on the 1996 album Vodou Drums In Haiti 1, with a new instalment, recorded in Port-Au-Prince with the same ensemble, the Drummers of the Société Absolument Guinin. The intensely interweaved patterns make for a very special listen, whether or not you are familiar with the underlying rituals. The Living Gods Of Haiti - 21st Century Ritual Drums & Spirit Possession is available in CD and double LP editions.
  • Vinyl Double LP (SJRLP371)
  • CD (SJRCD371)
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Livy Ekemezie
Friday Night

Livy Ekemezie’s album Friday Night is a gorgeous slice of disco from 1983, recorded when your man was only just out of school. His fresh vigour combined with a sharp and funky talent makes this a crucial cut from the old Nigerian scene. This reissue is put together by the brand new label Odion Livingstone, who operate straight outta Lagos itself.
  • Vinyl LP (ODILIV1LP)
  • CD (ODILIV1CD)

Kink Gong
Imer Zeillos

The new Kink Gong material performs an interesting act of combination not often seen in the world of field recording. Rather than claiming to present a document of a single time and place, Imer Zeillos takes recordings of Turkish traditional instruments and puts them together with various recordings from South East Asia, creating remarkable collages. Entrancing stuff. LP release on Discrepant.
  • Vinyl LP (CREP37)

Les Amazones D'Afrique
République Amazone

Les Amazones D’Afrique are a broad collective of some of the most amazing female West-African musicians, using a range of African styles along with re-appropriated dub sounds and hip-hop beats. The resulting album, République Amazone is a strong statement and an amazingly rich listen. Released on Real World.
  • Vinyl LP (LPRW217)
  • CD (CDRW217)
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Tinariwen
Elwan

Whenever you listen to Tinariwen, you feel at peace with everyone and everything. A splendid mix of steady beats and indie inspired guitar are combined with soft vocals in the latest release from Tinariwen entitled Elwan, which translates to mean ‘The Elephants’. This record is available on Vinyl Double LP, and CD.
  • CD (WEDGECD00117)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Lone Piñon
Dias Felices

Lone Piñon are a New Mexico band who bring their musical roots fully into their contemporary work, engaging with the old Chicano folk styles of their state. Playing acoustically on guitars and fiddle and singing multi-part harmonies, their sound is a beautiful resurrection of tradition. Dias Felices is released by LM Dupli-Cation on CD and vinyl.
  • Vinyl LP (LM13)
  • CD (LM13CD)

SJOB Movement
Friendship Train

SJOB Movement made their second and final album Friendship Train in 1977, with leader (and prominent Nigerian session musician) Prince Bola Agbana at the helm. Friendship Train is a funky piece of work, melding Moog synths with eternal afro-beat rhythms and disco vibes. This rare record has now been reissued by Cultures Of Sound on CD and LP.
  • Vinyl LP (COS019LP)
  • CD (COS019CD)

Joe King Kologbo & The High Grace
Sugar Daddy

Joe King Kologbo is a Nigerian highlife veteran, contributing his guitar to loads of ensembles over the years. Sugar Daddy is an album he recorded as bandleader of The High Grace in 1980, and it mixes those lovely sunny highlife vibes with bits of disco groove. Great to see this reissued and in circulation again, thanks to Strut.
  • Vinyl LP (STRUT150LP)
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Odion Iruoje
Down To Earth

Odion Iruoje mostly stayed behind the desk, producing stacks of amazing music by Fela Kuti, Mono-Mono, Geraldo Pino and many more. But he couldn’t resist showing off his own mighty musical prowess at least once: Down To Earth is his only solo album, and it's a colourful mix of disco and  Nigerian funk. This Soundway reissue is the first time that Down To Earth has been in print for decades: what a treat.
  • Vinyl LP (SNDWLP086)
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

William Onyeabor
Tomorrow

Many fell in love with the gorgeously bright music of Nigerian artist William Onyeabor after Luaka Bop released Who is…? in 2013. Now, they are reissuing his full catalogue! Tomorrow was released in 1979, yet still sounds shockingly contemporary. And (I can’t emphasise this enough) deeply funky.
  • Vinyl LP (LB5034LP)
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Bargou 08
Targ

Bargou 08 is the band formed by Nidhal Yahyaoui to circulate the unique music of his home region, situated near the Tunisia / Algeria border. Targ was recorded at home with a set-up of Moog, loutar, bendir, drums and flutes. Yahyaoui sings these traditional songs passionately, richly representing the Bargou tradition. Targ is released by Glitterbeat.
  • Vinyl LP (GBLP045)
  • CD (GBCD045)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Ekambi Brillant
African Funk Experimentals (1975-1982)

African Funk Experimentals (1975 - 1982) is one of the most enticing album titles I’ve heard in a good while, and the music does not disappoint. This is a compilation of Cameroonian musician Ekambi Brillant’s further-out funk tunes, and boy does that man know how to work a groove. Vinyl LP reissue on Africa Seven.
  • Vinyl LP (ASVN038)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Erasmo Carlos
Carlos, ERASMO

Erasmo Carlos is a thoroughly big deal in Brazil, though somewhat lesser-known in the English-speaking world (damn the Anglophone public’s lack of enthusiasm for non-English pop!). But the albums now reissued by Light In The Attic are not so known even in Brazil, being the records on which Carlos indulged his interests in a variety of genres. Carlos, ERASMO is one of his most personal records and well worth your time.
  • Vinyl LP (LITA149LP)
  • CD (LITA149CD)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Johanna Schwartz
They Will Have To Kill Us First - Malian Music In Exile

Parts of Mali suffered a takeover by militant jihadists in 2012, which had many consequences. One was that music was banned. Johanna Schwartz’s documentary follows artists like Songhoy Blues and Moussa Sidi, who bravely defied that band. They Will Have To Kill Us First - Malian Music In Exile is a remarkable film about remarkable people. DVD from Together Films.
  • DVD
  • In stock and ready to ship
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Carlos Erasmo
Sonhos E Memorias 1941-1972

Erasmo Carlos is a thoroughly big deal in Brazil, though somewhat lesser-known in the English-speaking world (damn the Anglophone public’s lack of enthusiasm for non-English pop!). Sonhos E Memórias 1941 - 1972 has in fact never been released outside of Brazil before, an utter shame given the smoothly funky gorgeousness that lies within. Remastered and reissued by Light In The Attic.
  • CD (LITA150CD)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Wells Fargo
Watch Out!

This is the first time that the tough and groovy rock music of Wells Fargo has been released outside of their native Zimbabwe. This edition of Watch Out! is paired with a seventy-two page book on the history of the Zimbabwe rock scene from which Wells Fargo emerged: for the CD it is a hardcover book, whereas the vinyl version has the book in a PDF. Out on Now-Again.
  • Vinyl LP (NA5138LP)
  • CD (NA5138CD)

Awa Poulo
Poulo Warali

Awo Poulo is a Malian singer playing and living within the Peulh tradition. The hallmarks of this sound include flutes, n’goni and calabash gourd percussion, to which Poulo adds elements from a broader array of Malian music. Poulo Warali is a beautiful introduction into her instantly engaging music. CD / LP release on Awesome Tapes From Africa.
  • Vinyl LP (ATFA024LP)
  • CD (ATFA024CD)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Erasmo Carlos
Erasmo Carlos E Os Tremendões

Erasmo Carlos is a thoroughly big deal in Brazil, though somewhat lesser-known in the English-speaking world (damn the Anglophone public’s lack of enthusiasm for non-English pop!). But the albums now reissued by Light In The Attic are not so known even in Brazil, being the records on which Carlos indulged his interests in a variety of genres. Erasmo Carlos E Os Tremendões is a particularly groovy suite, available on CD or LP with remastered audio.
  • Vinyl LP (LITA148LP)
  • CD (LITA148CD)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Various
Christophe Lemaire Presents: Can’t You Hear Me – African Nuggets & Garage Rock from Nigeria, Zambia, and Zimbabwe

“Can’t You Hear Me?” is the result of Christophe Lemaire rooting through the record collection of Eothen Alapatt, with a particular focus on Zimbabwe, Zambia and Nigeria during the 1970’s. Lots of super-rare and super-good material here, a lot of it falling into the category of flaringly-rebellious funky-rock. Double LP compilation on Now-Again.
  • Vinyl Double LP (NA5131LP)

Verckys et L'Orchestre Veve
Congolese Funk, Afrobeat and Psychedelic Rumba 1969-1978

Another superb release from Analog Africa, this time from Verckys et L'Orchestre Veve. Congolese Funk, Afrobeat and Psychedelic Rumba 1969 - 1978 is a great insight into central African grooves, mixing Congolese roots music with the emergent influence of James Brown, Jimi Hendrix and Fela Kuti. Out on Double LP vinyl - don't sleep on it!
  • Vinyl Double LP (AALP077)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

The Semi Colon
Ndia Egbuo Ndia (Afro-Jigida)


  • Vinyl LP (CRZR1002LP)
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Talahun Gessesse
Sima

Sima is a gathering of recordings from 1969 to 1975 and it dips into the multi-faceted vocal performances of Talahun Gessesse. Ranked alongside Mahmoud Ahmed, Gessesse is considered to be one of the greatest voices of Ethiopian soul music, holding ballads and raucous rock songs with equal ability. Pretty special, this one.
  • Vinyl LP (MRP030LP)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou
Echos Hypnotique - Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou Vol. 2


  • Vinyl Double LP (AALP066)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Luke Vibert / With You. / Clap! Clap!
Africable / Kulira / No Resistance

As part of an exciting new project, the bulging archives of the International Library of African Music have been opened to a range of contemporary producers. On this 12”, With You, Luke Vibert and Clap! Clap! all make a track using Hugh Tracy’s recordings (made over a 50 year period!). Talented names, amazing source material: what’s not to like?
  • Vinyl 12" (BH00212)

Fela Kuti
London Scene

Nigerian afrobeat legend Fela Kuti is known for having a huge and excellent 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. London Scene is early, formative Kuti, and even features Ginger Baker on one track(!).
  • Vinyl LP (KFR2004-1)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Various
Doing It In Lagos: Boogie, Pop & Disco In 1980s Nigeria

Continuing the recent love of all things Nigeria, Soundway Records present Doing it in Lagos: Boogie, Pop & Disco in 1980s Nigeria. As far removed from the Afrobeat of Fela Kuti that everybody associates with the country, this compilation shows another side to Nigeria’s rich musical culture, with New York influenced boogie tunes infused with a distinct Nigerian feel. 2CD or 3LP with a bonus 7”
  • Vinyl Triple LP (SNDWLP087)
  • CD (SNDWCD087)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Pedro Santos
Krishnanda

This 1968 album by Pedro Santos makes the listener smile immediately with an opening volley of irresistible rhythm and brass fanfare. From there onwards, Krishnanda travels through some of the funkiest Brazilian music you ever heard, all with a definite psychedelic flavour. This joyous album is super-rare, but now Mr Bongo have reissued it!
  • Vinyl LP (MRBLP139)
  • CD (MRBCD139)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

iZem
Hafa

iZem is the work of a travelling French producer who dropped into Morocco to absorb some of the local sounds and work them into his own thing. Hafa is his debut LP, and it applies a firmly digital dancefloor structure to the “soulful exoticism” and “organic grooves” of North Africa and Latin America alike. Released by Soundway.
  • Vinyl LP (SNDWLP099)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Kronos Quartet
Pieces of Africa

Pieces Of Africa finds the go-to indie-classical string quartet supreme, the Kronos Quartet, taking on commissions from eight African composers. With the string quartet being arguably one of the most archetypal formats of the Western classical tradition, it is wonderful to hear it pushed in new directions on these ingenious compositions. Double LP on Nonesuch.
  • Vinyl Double LP (0075597944952)

Gaye Su Akyol
Hologram Imparatorlugu

Gaye Su Akyol has been gaining some attention outside of her native Turkey. Combining traditional Turkish instrumentation and rhythms with typically Western techniques, Akyol’s music keeps a strong identity of growing up in Istanbul. Hologram Imparatorlugu (Hologram Empire) is a fantastic mix of seductive vocals and swooning strings, creating a pop album with a strong magnetic pull.  
  • Vinyl LP (GBLP040)
  • CD (GBCD040)

Fela Kuti
Afrodisiac

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. Afrodisiac features the track ‘Alu Jon Jonki Jon’, which is an amazing jam even by Fela’s high high standards.
  • Vinyl LP (KFR2008-1)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Fela Kuti
ITT

Nigerian afrobeat legend Fela Kuti is known for having a huge and excellent 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. ITT (International Thief Thief) is an especially political slice of super-groove.
  • Vinyl LP (KFR2038-1)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Fela Kuti
Upside Down

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. 1976’s Upside Down is storming and political, with a guest spot for black rights activist Sandra Izsadore.
  • Vinyl LP (KFR2023-1)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Antonio Carlos & Jocafi
Mudei De Ideia

The debut album of Antonio Carlos and Jocafi, who managed great success with their psychedelic take on samba and funk music in Brazil in the 70’s. Mudei De Ideia was initially released in 1971 and is reissued now by Mr Bongo, packaged in the psych-haze variation on the sleeve art (much nicer than the more straight-laced variation).
  • Vinyl LP (MRBLP140)
  • CD (MRBCD140)

Xylouris White
Black Peak

Dirty Three post-rock snoozer Jim White, who isn't a snooker player, once again joins forces with lute player Giorgos Xylouris in their lazily named supergroup Xylouris White. I'll give them a free pass once more as their music continues to be frenetic, moving at joyful accelerations. They follow up Goat with Black Peak, another record of loosely-tightened drums with compelling rhythms, jaunty lute riffing and trembling vocal ecstasy. 
  • Vinyl LP (BELLA570V)
  • CD (BELLA570CD)

Noura Mint Seymali
Tzenni

A joyous tomato party from Noura Mint Seymali. Tzenni is the new genre redefining exploration from North Africa. Her deeply emotive and technically brilliant voice is at the heart of each piece being accompanied by Mauritania instruments mixed with electric guitars, drums and modern production. She bridges the gap between traditional music of North Africa with 20th century western sounds to make a truly unique and contemporary record. Out on vinyl LP and CD from Glitterbeat.
  • Vinyl LP (GBLP016)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Various
Kenya Special


  • Vinyl Triple LP (SNDWLP046)

Rizan Said
King of Keyboard

Rizan Said is probably most prominent to Western ears as Omar Souleyman’s key collaborator, generating wave upon wave of addictive dabke dance sounds. King Of Keyboard sees Said step out solo, wowing the listener with his astonishing synth skills. As modern as Korg keyboards and as ancient as Jazeeran cultural history. LP release on Discrepant.
  • Vinyl LP (CREP34)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou
Madjafalao

Almost 50 years into their existence, Benin’s Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou still sound brighter and fresher than you could possibly imagine. Madjafalao, which adds to a catalogue of more than 50 LPs, is a ten-track set of wonderful music: the kind of stuff it is impossible to resist. Released by Because Music.
  • CD (BEC5156646)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Various
Boogie Breakdown: South African Synth-Disco 80-84

A whole disco revolution missed out on by the world because of a UN cultural boycott? Bloody UN, taking our disco. No longer! Here come Cultures of Soul with a collection of some of the key players on Africa during the 80s, two tracks of each from Harari, The Cannibals, Neville Nash, Benjamin Ball, Don Laka and Al Etto.
  • Vinyl Double LP (COS018LP)
  • CD (COS018CD)

Various
Beating Heart - Malawi (Originals) - Recorded by Hugh Tracey

A high quality set of recordings from Malawi from the long middle of the 20th Century. Hugh Tracey travelled around documenting some lively and glorious material, including songs about animals wanting wages and overturning lorries. Literally excellent music. Proceeds from sales of Beating Heart - Malawi will go to the areas of Malawi where the music was recorded.
  • Vinyl LP (BH004LP)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Tee Mac featuring Marjorie Barnes
Night Illusion

Originally released in 1980, 'Night Illusion' is an Afro soul classic that's ventured deeper into obscurity over the years, and still remains relatively unknown outside of Nigeria. Once impossibly hard to find - thanks to Soul Jazz Records, the enigmatic Tee Mac and the lost 'Night Illusion' sees the light of day once more for those who missed it first time around. 
  • Vinyl LP (SJRLP346)
  • CD (SJRCD346)

Pascal Comelade
Wings On Rocks

Three bits and pieces from Pascal Comelade, plucked up from across his career. The title track is from the soundtrack to a 1999 Bob Wilson ballet, and we also have an unreleased track from 2009 and a brand new take on a familiar song. Guest musicians include the mighty Richard Pinhas and Xarim Aresté. That’s a lot to pack into a 7” eh? Wings On Rocks is out on Cougouyou Music.
  • Vinyl 7" (COUGOUYOU2)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Noura Mint Seymali
Arbina

Noura Mint Seymali builds new shapes on top of the music of her Moorish griot heritage, with the intention of forging a new Mauritanian sound. It seems to be working: Arbina is a fantastic listen, packed with electrified vigour, traditional and non-traditional rhythms, and Noura’s huge voice. Arbina is released by Glitterbeat.
  • Vinyl LP (GBLP038)
  • CD (GBCD038)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Various
NIGERIA SOUL FEVER - Afro Funk, Disco And Boogie: West African Disco Mayhem!

The weight of fantastic 1970’s Nigerian music being discovered in recent years by non-Nigerians (much of this music was never exported at all) has grown so great that authoritative compilers Soul Jazz have had to step in with this hefty set. Nigeria Soul Fever - Afro Funk, Disco And Boogie: West African Disco Mayhem! delivers on the title’s promise in absolute spades, with killer material spread across 2 CDs or 3 LPs.
  • Vinyl Triple LP (SJRLP344)
  • CD (SJRCD344)

Me and My Friends
Hide Your Way

This is Me and My Friends second album and it seems they aim to marry English folk songwriting with afrobeat/world music rhythms. They use an unusually array of instruments including cello and clarinet to flesh out a delightfully intricate style. By gum these people can play their instruments but it's not about showing off. This is about fusing disparate genres to make feel good, sophisticated music.  
  • Vinyl LP (SNDWLP088)
  • CD (SNDWCD088)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Bola
Volume 7


  • Vinyl Double LP (ATFA002LP)
  • CD (ATFA002CD)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Various
Kenya Special: Volume Two - Selected East African recordings from the 1970s & '80s

Soundway continue to journey where others rarely will, to bring us the second in their acclaimed East African compilations. 20 rare recordings from: Bahari Boys, Rift Valley Brothers, Lulus Band, Afro 70, Sammy Katana, Orchestre Mangelepa, Awengele and more, with Hafusa Abasi on the vinyl version only. With detailed liner notes, original artwork and photography. On 3x 180g gatefold LP or CD.
  • Vinyl Triple LP (SNDWLP084)
  • CD (SNDWCD084)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Khmer Rouge Survivors
They Will Kill You If You Cry

If you were expecting Khmer Rouge Survivors to be the name of another edgy white indie band, think again: this music was recorded by traditional Cambodian musicians who lived through the murderous Khmer Rouge regime. These folk musics are powerful, beautiful, and increasingly rare, but They Will Kill You If You Cry makes them available outside of Cambodia. On Glitterbeat.
  • Vinyl LP (GBLP036)
  • CD (GBCD036)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Jah Wobble and The Invaders Of The Heart
Everything Is Nothing

This album is a real meeting of the veterans. PiL man Jah Wobble welcomed in a band that includes Tony Allen (of Fela Kuti fame) and Nick Turner of Hawkwind for these sessions: even the producer (Youth) used to be in Killing Joke. Together, these Invaders Of The Heart have created Everything Is Nothing, a dub-jazz-world odyssey of sorts. It feels good. On Wobble’s own label.
  • CD (JW001)

Mumford & Sons with Baaba Maal
Johannesburg

Professional waistcoat wearers Mumford and Sons team up with Sengalese singer / guitarist Baaba Mal in this somewhat unexpected collaboration, recorded in Johannesburg with Sweden's Johan Hugo (AKA The Very Best). Expect the usual Mumford fare, but with some added African vocals which are nice. 
  • Vinyl 10" (4790790)
  • CD (4790791)

Ganimian & His Oriental Music
Come With Me To The Casbah

Come With Me To The Casbah is the only publicly released full-length album by Charles ‘Chick’ Ganimian, the Armenian-American oud-player. That’s a kind of Middle-Eastern lute, which you knew already of course. For their fusion between traditional music with contemporary sounds (from 1958, that is), Gamian & His Oriental Music were more than due for a reissue. So here it is. Get your hands on that vintage sound!
  • Vinyl LP (16CACKLP)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Various
Bossanova

Everyone knows a little bit about the sound of Bossanova music, but this compilation is so well informed about the genre that it comes with an essay of track-by-track analysis by Jacques Denis. The focus of Bossanova is the early days of the 50’s and 60’s, with both the hitmakers and the lesser-known artists featured. LP / double CD in a beautiful sleeve. On WEWANTSOUNDS.
  • Vinyl LP (WWSLP4A)
  • CD (WWSCD4)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

DJ Katapila
Trotro + Bonus Tracks

Awesome Tapes From Africa presents 4 cuts from Ghanaian producer DJ Katapila, who is clearly a force to be reckoned with. These tracks are clean and minimal but also packed with rhythms, leading to frantic dance movements. A well-placed drop of a Katapila tune could really boil things over in the club. 2 of the tracks on Trotro haven’t been pressed to vinyl before, so jump on board!
  • Vinyl 12" (ATFA022)

Various
The Rough Guide To A World Of Psychedelia

A bargain priced album showcasing global psychedelic right through from the '60s to the present day. Big representation from Latin America on here but also stuff from Africa and India all carefully selected to give you an overview off how the genre combined with politics and rebellion to create mind bending music.   
  • Vinyl LP (RGNET910LP)

Karachi Files
Karachi Files

Brothers Hans and Andi Teichmann (Gebrüder Teichmann) assembled a group of electronic musicians from their native Germany as well as The Maldives and Pakistan. They met in Karachi, Pakistan and converted a house into a temporary studio and begun work. The result is a culturally eclectic and very raw sounding collection of recordings. Double gatefold for your listening pleasure.
  • CD (NO1CD)

Witch
Lukombo Vibes

Never forget the sound of Zamrock, Zambia’s 1970’s response to the rock’n’prog boom going on in the Anglocentric world. Bands like Witch took those styles and filtered them through immense funk and Afro rhythms for something particularly special. Lukombo Vibes is their 1976 fourth album, now remastered and reissued by Now-Again.
  • Vinyl LP (NA5106LP)

P.R.O.
Blacky Joe

People Rock Outfit were a Nigerian garage-rock band, and Blacky Joe was their only album. Sparse and funky afro-rock, with enough groove that they were able to act as Jimmy Cliff during a Nigerian tour. Apparently, original pressings of this 1976 album are so rare as to virtually not exist, so this Soundways reissue is really doing the world a service. 1000 vinyl copies.
  • Vinyl LP (SNDWLP083)

Various
Nigeria Freedom Sounds! Calypso, Highlife, Juju & Apala: Popular Music and The Birth of Independent Nigeria 1960-63

After independence came in 1960, Nigeria’s music scene immediately flourished in numerous directions. Nigeria Freedom Sounds! Calypso, Highlife, Juju & Apala: Popular Music and The Birth of Independent Nigeria 1960-63 is one of those reliably stellar Soul Jazz compilations, surveying the period with an expert eye. The double LP vinyl is a beautiful thing, and the CD edition is paired with an informative 48-page book about the music.
  • Vinyl Double LP (SJRLP341)
  • CD (SJRCD341)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Khun Narin
II

Khun Narin is a Thai musician who received a bit of Western attention thanks to Youtube. With his Electric Phin Band, he plays a fairly excellent form of psychedelia, with long, spaced-out jams that centre on the phin, a kind of lute. II contains original tunes in addition to a few covers of Thai pop songs. Released by Innovative Leisure.
  • Vinyl LP (IL2036V)
  • CD (IL2036)

Seun Kuti + Egypt 80
From Africa With Fury: Rise

Seun Kuti, offspring of the grand overlord of afrobeat Fela himself, has this music flowing through his veins. He lets it out again on From Africa With Fury: Rise, his 2011 album with Egypt 80, which nails the unbeatable groove and stunning energy that the best of the genre ascends to. Oh, and it was produced by Brian Eno too! Double disc LP reissue on Because Music.
  • Vinyl Double LP (5060421565026)
  • Artist(s):
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Various Artists
Wedding Songs


  • Vinyl LP (DS037LP)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Anthony Joseph
Caribbean Roots

British and Trinidadian singer, novelist and spoken-word artist Anthony Joseph is finally coming out and saying it: he’s got Caribbean Roots. As you might guess based on the title, this record is all about Caribbean rhythms and melodies - but never without freely formed lyrics and some crazy and equally free jazz.
  • Vinyl LP (HS131LP)
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  • CD (HS131CD)

Sunburst
Ave Africa: The Complete Recordings 1973​-​1976

Sunburst are a premium Tanzanian band, and this release squeezes every last recording they ever made onto 2 discs (of vinyl or of CD, take your pick). They tapped into the Zamrock scene, playing forever-funky music with a sharp political slant. Ave Africa includes their only album along with their singles and a radio session never previously released. Check it. On Strut.
  • Vinyl Double LP (STRUT128LP)
  • CD (STRUT128CD)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Various
Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock and Roll

Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock and Roll is an important forthcoming film about the musical history of Cambodia before the Vietnam War overspilled and destroyed the country’s artistic freedom. Many of the artists on this accompanying music were consequently killed, making the vitality and joy of these performances all the more powerful. On Dust to Digital.
  • Vinyl Double LP (PT-2007)
  • CD (DTD-42)

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