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Bombino
Deran

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

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

Ooh this is a fun one. Visit Malphino is an sonic advert for the imaginary tropical island of Malphino. The group, while based in London, hail from places as far-flung as Japan, Malaysia, Colombia and The Philippines. Taking cumbia as a jumping-off point, the group mix the Colombian sound with styles as disparate as rumba and Brazilian forro, all played by a band led by accordion, organ and tuba. The resulting LP is a wry, fun listen that recalls Meridian Brothers.
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Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba
Ba Power

Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni Ba team up once again for a wonderful collection of blazing jams, louder and more willing to lean into distortion than ever before. Kouyate leads with his ngoni, and the band follow him with loose-but-tight afro-rock grooves. Jon Hassell and Chris Brokaw are the Western guests making appearances, but the African guests are where it is really at. Ba Power is out on Glitterbeat.
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Hugh Masekela
The Chisa Years: 1965-1975 (Rare and Unreleased)

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

British-Tamil Susheela Raman’s seventh album Ghost Gamelan finds her and regular collaborator Sam Mills among Javanese gamelan composer Gondrong Gunarto and his ensemble of players. Raman is known for her adventurous projects and this one is a really bewitching collection of leftfield pop, making exceptional use of Mills’ guitar, Raman’s vocal techniques and indeed the sumptuous harmonics and melodics of a gamelan orchestra.
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Ragnar Johnson
Crying Bamboos: Ceremonial Flute Music from New Guinea: Madang

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

DJ and saxophonist Takeshi Okawa (or Okawa 78 to his friends) has gathered together a varied group of Japanese musicians, including members of Death Jazzers Soil & Pimp Sessions, to form The Rulers. On Ohirononakade they experiment with different styles from all around the world.
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Konkere Beats
Yoruba! Songs & Rhythms For The Yoruba Gods In Nigeria

The latest epic from Soul Jazz, Yoruba! Songs & Rhythms For The Yoruba Gods In Nigeria was newly recorded in Lagos, Nigeria by Konkere Beats. The record sees an assemblage of master drummers and singers performing polyrhythms; a heap of percussion -- Dundun Bata drums -- and deeply spiritual, sacred songs honouring traditional and ancient Yoruba gods. Complete with a 40-page booklet / gatefold 2LP vinyl set with extensive text and photos on the inners. 
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I’m Not Here To Hunt Rabbits

This compilation captures that rarest of things in the 21st century - a truly unique and idiosyncratic contemporary regional genre, namely the country blues guitar of Botswana. The common thread is a playing style where the left hand approaches the fretboard from above the neck rather than from below. YouTube videos of several performers have gone viral, but this is the first time they’ve been presented on a physical format. This LP offers eleven tracks from various players, with a further eight on the accompanying download.
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Meridian Brothers
El Advenimiento del Castillo Mujer

The 2006 debut album of Meridian Brothers. Sounds of Bogotan musical traditions (e.g. cumbia, currulao) are slightly tweaked, abstracted and adjusted, becoming what key member Eblis Alvarez calls ‘Abstract Folk Music’. Initially a CD-only release, El Advenimiento del Castillo Mujer is now reissued on LP! From Discrepant.
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Psych-Funk 101 (1968-1975)

The World Psychedelic Funk Classics label promise what they say on the tin by curating this double LP jam packed with fuzzed-up classics from places such as Nigeria, Iran, Turkey, Russia, South Korean. All are of a 1960s and 1970s vintage and showcase bands influenced by the popular psychedelic bands of the day. Comes with informative 36 page book.  

Charly Kingson
Born In Africa

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

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

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

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

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

Pandit Pran Nath is a legend of the Indian classical vocal raga, who crossed over into the Western cultural consciousness in 1972, when he performed in Paris. This double LP release on Sri Moonshine Music takes recordings from that special occasion and puts them onto wax, ready for spiritual or just musical home consumption.
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Tala A.M.
African Funk Experimentals 1975 to 1978

African Funk Experimentals 1975 to 1978 is an extremely enticing name for a record isn’t it? And Tala A.M. doesn’t disappoint, throwing out slice after slice of compelling afro-funk, always driven by amazing rhythms and led by tight guitar. Compilation of tracks cherry-picked from various of Tala’s records, on Africa Seven.
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Ginger Johnson and His African Messengers
African Party

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

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.
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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.

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.
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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.

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).

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.

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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.

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.

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. 
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

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.
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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.
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Nadah El Shazly
Ahwar

Nadah El Shazly is an exciting new producer from Egypt’s underground scene, and Ahwar is her excellent debut album, recorded between Canda and Egypt. Collaborators including Sam Shalabi and Maurice Louca helped Nadah to get her vision of semi-improvisatory avant-jazz Arabic songcraft down on tape. Ahwar really sounds like little else.

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.
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Fela Kuti
Fear Not For Man

Fela Kuti needs no introduction, but his 1978 LP Fear Not For Man might. This isn’t one of the Afrobeat legend’s better-known works, but that’s not to say that it doesn’t play an important part in the Fela story. Indeed, the fact that this was one of the first records he released in the aftermath of a vicious government attack on his Lagos compound makes for an intriguing backstory. As for the music, Fear Not For Man’s title track is classic Kuti, all rhythm and invective, while instrumental B-side ‘Palm Wine Sound’ nods to Fela’s early adventures in high-life. Lester Bowie is among the cast.
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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.
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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.

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.
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Africa Airways Four (Disco Funk Touchdown - 1976 - 1983)

The latest in a series that has the first on its fourth repress, Africa Airways here takes us to a land of forgotten disco anthems from '76 to '83. Commendable spirit has gone into unearthing and compiling such a fantastic and diverse collection, further cementing the importance of the continent in recent music history. 

Hamad Kalkaba
Hamad Kalkaba and The Golden Sounds 1974-1975

Hamad Kalkaba, who later went on to sit as president of the Confederation of African Athletics, recorded some fabulous and lively music in his mid-70’s youth, and here is a good-sized portion of it. Sparkling golden good-time sounds that takes Cameroonian rhythms and slathers them with heady electricity. CD and LP editions on Analog Africa, with an informative booklet.
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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.
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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.
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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.

The Budos Band
Magus Mountain / Vertigo

The Budos Band are an instrumental, nine piece band of Afro Soul explorers from Brooklyn who play a mixture of Ethiopian influenced soul with a sixties pop flavour. Like all of their records ‘Magus Mountain/Vertigo’ was recorded and released by the legendary Daptone records, steeped in the rich traditions of jazz, deep funk and soul, this record begins with the hammering of drums and wavering harmonies to prepare you for the monumental musical journey that is ‘Magus Mountain’.

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.
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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.
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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.

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Calypso: Musical Poetry In The Caribbean 1955-69

Some sunny rhythms on Calypso: Musical Poetry In The Caribbean 1955 - 69. This compilation charts some of the genres most successful artists and groups. With all the effortless swinging grooves, funky brass, playful percussion and good time vocals you could want. This has been loving put together by the revivalists down at Soul Jazz records onto vinyl LP and CD, so there's no excuses.

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.

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

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.

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.

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.
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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.

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.

Various
Digital Zandoli 2

Heavenly Sweetness have dug into the history of Zouk music from the French West Indies in order to save you the trouble, serving up twelve fabulous new examples of Digital Zandoli. The style is funky and sleek, with playful sunny synth pads and disco-groovy rhythms. Explore it for yourself! CD and double LP editions on Heavenly Sweetness.
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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.

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.
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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.

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. 

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.

Meridian Brothers
Dónde Estás María

Colombia's Meridian Brothers are back again with yet another strikingly original album. Blending Tropicalia from Brazil, Latin rock from Colombia and Argentina and dreamy Mexican psych-folk, there are plenty of rich strings and choral arrangements promised on this experimental new record. Bowed and plucked cello is introduced for some extra timbre and flavour. ¿Dónde Estás María? is a proclamation of love and a singular journey. 
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

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.
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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.
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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.
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  • 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.
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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.

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.
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  • 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.

Fool's Gold
Leave No Trace


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.

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
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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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.
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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.
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Pat Thomas
Coming Home

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

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.

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.
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