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Hailu Mergia & The Walias
Tche Belew

This long-lost LP of cross-cultural soul-funk-infused Ethio-jazz instrumentals from 1977 is considered one of the most important recordings of the aftermath of the 1974 revolution. The Walias were formed in the early '70s in Addis Ababa by keyboardist and arranger Hailu Mergia, cutting a series of 45s with various singers as well as this entirel...view item »

Ata Kak
Obaa Sima

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

Al Zman Saib

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

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...view item »

Psych-Funk 101 (1968-1975)

Psych-Funk 101 (1968-1975) is the debut release from World Psychedelic Funk Classics and presents itself as 'a global psychedelic funk curriculum', complete with a 'course description' and 'supplemental listening' in its copious notes (found either on the handsome gatefold sleeve of the vinyl or the 36-page booklet of the CD). The title may...view item »

Survival (Afro Rock)
Simmer Down

So when I did my GCSE in music we were given twenty minutes to compose an original piece of music to accompany a poem. I (shamefully) cheated and squashed the words from the provided poem into T-shirt Sun Tan by the Stereophonics. In the years since I’ve become less ashamed of diddling my way to that A* ...view item »

Family Atlantica
Cosmic Unity

Family Atlantica return with a properly funky afro-jazz record, fittingly titled Cosmic Unity. Guests to the ensemble for this record include Orlando Julius and space overlord Marshall Allen (Sun Ra Arkestra) himself! Strings and horns and rhythms and love, helmed by ...view item »

Wake Up You! Vol. 2 - The Rise & Fall of Nigerian Rock Music (1972-1977)

Wake Up You! Vol. 2 - The Rise & Fall Of Nigerian Rock Music (1972 - 1977) is a compilation that does 2 things. It tells a historical story about a scene, with an accompanying 100 page book of photos and detailed notes. But it is also a gorgeous set of funky music that you probably don’t know well enough. Re...view item »

Solla Solla

Some insane lo-fi electronic pop/psychedelic funk here from 1977-1983. Lovingly compiled from no less than sixteen Indian Tamil language feature films - an industry known as Kollywood! Tracks were sourced from rare 45's and EP's. Reading the sleevenotes, at the height of his career, this man was averaging 50 full-length scores a year. That's lik...view item »

Fumaca Preta
Fumaca Preta

This is an experiment started by Figueira, a Portuguese-Venezuelan producer and percussionist who invited some mates to the studio he shoehorned on the back of his house. They had a right old laugh making some digi-dub jams, pulsing acidy electronics and psych guitar workouts.   ...view item »

Konono No. 1
Konono No 1 Meets Batida

The mighty Congolese collective Konono No.1 haven’t released a record in ages, so this new collaborative effort with the Angolan / Portuguese producer Batida is very welcome. He mostly underpins the tracks with beats, managing to add to but not distract from the inimitable buzzing momentum that Kon...view item »

Fumaca Preta
Impuros Fanaticos

Second full-length album from Fumaça Preta, the experimentally-inclined Spanish-language group. Recorded in locations as diverse as a Spanish desert and the border of Venezuela and Brazil, Impuros Fanaticos is as heavy as it is groovy as it is frenzied: a busy blur of sound that recalls Zun Zun Egui...view item »

Awalom Gebremariam

Desdes is a 2007 recording from Eritrean artist Awalom Gebremariam, using the traditional instruments of the krar and the wata. As a cassette and CD release it went down well in Eritrea, but Awesome Tapes From Africa tracked down Awalom (now residing in North Carolina) to get his blessing for a reissue:...view item »

An Anthology Of Turkish Experimental Music 1961-2014

Sub Rosa continue their sterling work unearthing little-known electroacoustic and other experimental works, this time from Turkey. So much of this brilliant material has never been released at all, and over a wide variety of music (contemporary compositions, noise, electronics) the listener will be wowed and delighted. An Anthology Of Turkis...view item »

Billy Bao
Lagos sessions

Billy Bao’s Lagos Sessions is a furious mash-up of afrobeat, distorted drone and thrashing noise all wrapped up and packaged on CD by Night School. Even that ridiculous description does not do justice to the collision of improv, Nigerian percussion music and DIY noise-punk to be found here. Billy Bao is pu...view item »

Aloha Got Soul

Welcome to the sound of Hawaii, circa the 1970’s and 1980’s. Aloha Got Soul shows curious listeners how the popular commercial sounds of the day (disco, funk, rock, R&B) melded with the Hawaiian perspective and folk tradition. Lots of previously obscure artists get a decent showing here on this Roger Bong...view item »

Ebo Taylor
Twer Nyame

Ghana’s Ebo Taylor produced some thoroughly gorgeous highlife music in the 1970’s, comfortably relaxed and smooth-flowing. 1978’s Twer Nyame adds strong twists of jazz and afrobeat into the mix too. The political conditions at the time of releas...view item »

Ebo Taylor
My Love and Music

Ghana’s Ebo Taylor produced some thoroughly gorgeous highlife music in the 1970’s, comfortably relaxed and smooth-flowing. The political conditions at the time of release meant that records like 1975’s My Love and Music were sparsely distributed at the time, so relish this timely reissue on Mr Bongo....view item »

Africa Express presents: Maison des Jeunes

Aziza Brahim
Abbar El Hamada

Super groovy and far-out West Saharan rock ‘n roll from Aziza Brahim. On Abbar el Hamada she has built a wonderful band to perform her varied songs. Now Saharawi rhythms, meet Senegalese drums, Afro-Cuban arrangements and emotive blues. Glitterbeat release this scorching album on...view item »

Samba Touré

Alabala means "danger," and when Samba Toure' materialises, he splits the world, shimmers in the darkness, creating a psychedelic atmosphere, conjuring hypnotic grooves laced with inner connecting vision. The music is powerful in its protest and sadness, as if the guitars and drums could stop the onslaught and bring reform and compassion by shee...view item »

Aris San
Boumpam / Dam Dam

The king of the ‘Greek Jaffa’ sound makes it to 10” vinyl on this extremely limited release from Fortuna Records. Aris San revolutionised Greek traditional music in the 1970s by replacing the bouzouki with an electric guitar and psychedelic mindset. Boumpam/Dam Dam...view item »

Chang Fo Ji - Buddha Loops from China & Tibet

A singular little oddity on vinyl LP from Discrepant. In China and Tibet mini, pre-programmed boomboxes called Chang Fo Ji, or Buddha Machines, pump out meditation drones and modern prayers. Buddha Loops from China & Tibet compiles these hypnotic looping tones and pulsing, bowed drones and is perfect for fan...view item »

Owiny Sigoma Band
Owiny Sigoma Band

Owiny Sigoma Band is an international meeting of musical minds: a London 5-piece who travelled to Nairobi and encountered Joseph Nyamungu and Charles Owoko, nyatiti and nyiduonge drum players respectively. This record was their debut soundclash, a blend strong enough to result in 2 further recor...view item »

Suns of Arqa

Suns of Arqa are serious veterans of the UK’s underground, having turned out as many as 35 records over the years. This, however, will be their final album. Wadada contains collaborations with Indian classical musical legends Raghunath Seth and Kadir Durvesh, who they use to help ...view item »

DJ Katapila

The always reliable Awesome Tapes From Africa return with this ace CD and double vinyl LP from DJ Katapila. Trotro is a fast-paced mash-up of Ghanaian traditional music and modern technology. Katapila sings, shouts and chants over backing that sounds as if it had been beamed from the golden age ...view item »

Fela Kuti and His Africa 70
Fela Fela Fela

These Fela Kuti recordings, produced with his Africa 70 ensemble, were made in Los Angeles in 1969, and have been little-heard so far. But New York’s Knitting Factory Records are putting out Fela Fela Fela afresh, showcasing that early Fela style. Needless to say, this is groovy a...view item »

Normal Nada
Transmutacao Cerebra

Hard-hitting metakuredo music from famed Lisbonian Normal Nada, who you also might know as Erre Mente or Qraqmaxter CiclOFF (that last one really rolls of the keys…). The 7 tracks that make up Transmutaceo Cerebra roll fast and frantic, but with a joyous good vibe. Released as an...view item »

William Onyeabor
Great Lover

A lot of people fell in love with the music of Nigerian artist William Onyeabor after Luaka Bop released Who is…? two years ago. Now, they are reissuing his entire catalogue, taking his gorgeous music out of the realms of bootlegs and onto your record player. Great Lover was originally released in 1981, ...view item »

Meridian Brothers
Los Suicadas

The Meridian Brothers is a project helmed by Eblis Javier Alvarez Vargas, who is well into unusual organ music. Following this interest, he has initiated a trilogy of albums (Los Suicidas is the first) which use a strange synthesiser ensemble to approximate an organ reaching beyond its means. An odd and...view item »

Omar Khorshid And His Group
Live In Australia 1981

Omar Khorshid was an influential Egyptian guitarist who was prominent through the 1970s and famously released "Al Rabieh", a hit in his home country. On 'Live In Australia 1981', Khorshid is backed by a tight band of performers and gets to be the centrepiece, showing off his surf rock savvy overseas. It's now being reissued as a celebration...view item »

Yma Sumac
Mambo (And More)

Out of Addis

Out Of Addis is a compilation of Ethiopian music, recorded over the last few years. The excellent krar is the instrument that dominates here, switching easily between lead and rhythm roles. Mixed by Nick Manasseh in the UK with the specific intention of making these tunes dancefloor friendly. On Kartel....view item »

Excavated Shellac: Strings

I got super excited by this one in that sad kind of way I get excited about weird old curious records arriving here. Parlortone is an offshoot of the Dust To Digital who've released sound breathtaking compilations of varying sorts of Americana over the years. I'm not sure what the remit of Parlortone is but after the interesting but short Edou...view item »

SK Kakraba
Songs of Paapieye

SK Kakraba plays a Ghanaian xylophone called the gyil, and Songs Of Paapieye gives us the instrument pure and unaccompanied. There is a welcome buzz to the tone that will be familiar to Konono No. 1 fans, and an inventiveness to Kakraba’s versions of traditional and original tunes...view item »

Dexter Story

Dexter Story deploys influences from all across a range of East African nations, to enormously good-time effect. Wondem features guests like Nia Andrews, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson and Yared Tashele, but it is Dexter’s broad vision and detailed arrang...view item »

Bixiga 70

Relatively speaking, Sao Paulo is close to the African coast. When you listen to III, you can almost forget about the tectonic rifts that have separated the two continents. Effortlessly merging funk, afrobeat and samba, Bixiga 70 have produced a copper-packed smorgasbord. Not just world music, but world-class music.&nbs...view item »

Petite Noir
La Vie Est Belle / Life Is Beautiful

Petite Noir deems his sound and general aesthetic to be ‘Noirwave’, a term that effectively represents the shifting gauze-sheets that these tracks are built up from. La Vie Est Belle / Life Is Beautiful mixes martial drums and a howling energy with sleek electronics/ A powerful LP indeed, released on the Dou...view item »


Alif are a five-person musical collective, combining Oud, Buzuq, bass, keyboards and drums. Oh and poetic vocals as well of course. Aynama-Rtama displays their far-reaching sound to full effect, a highly-rhythmic flurry of Arab-origin sound. The music comes packaged with full English translations of lyrics and poems use...view item »


Romperayo is a group bringing together international percussion wizards with various synth players and other instrumentalists. Their self-titled debut record showcases the freshest that Colombian music has to offer, bringing the folksong and cumbia traditions into today via heavy use of samplers and such. On Discrepant....view item »

Excavated Shellac: Reeds

The Dust To Digital label are expert archivists, and for this Reeds instalment of their ongoing Excavated Shellac series, they’ve picked out 14 rare 78rpm records containing vigorous traditional reed music from around the globe. Turkey, Iran, North Korea, Tajikistan… this is a compilation with a very broad scope. C...view item »

DRC Music
Kinshasa One Two

Another collaborative charity effort from electronic cathedral Warp records. It looks like a well worthwhile set up, recorded in Kinshasa with a selection of Congolese musicians. Ranging in style from heady Massive Attack meets King Midas Sound trip-hop melting into rustic soulful party f...view item »

Omar Souleyman
Bahdeni Nami

Having recently opened himself up to working with a non-Syrian producer in a regular studio with the Four Tet-assisted Wenu Wenu a few years ago, Omar Souleyman has since been working with a number of Western producers. Bahdeni Nami includes infectious productions and remixes from ...view item »

Sanneh Kuyate
Kaiye & Sajyo

New library-type recordings of Fourth World sounds seem to be pretty in vogue at the moment and Bo'Weavil fingerpicker C. Joynes is in on the action with his Leith Hill Recordings label and this CDr of Sanneh Kuyate called Kaiye & Sajyo, also the names of the two whopping tracks involved. He's pretty much jamming on a simple, repetitive riff on...view item »

SK Kakraba

SK Kakraba is part of a mighty lineage of Ghanaian Gyil players; the Gyil being a kind of xylophone. Yonye is a fantastic collection of solo recordings, the buzzing sound of the instrument giving the traditional songs an almost electric tang to them. Plenty of life and energy in this record, which is out on Sun Ark....view item »

Songhoy Blues
Al Hassidi Terei

Having been banned from playing music by Islamic extremists in Timbuktu, Songhoy Blues moved to the Malian capital where they met Damon Albarn and things have been going up since then. Some classic African folk/rock with crisp guitar and beautiful vocal sounds, it’s fun and defiant. Debut album to come, watch this space....view item »

Las Malas Amistades

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Eduardo Mateo & Jorge Trasante
Mateo Y Trasante

This record was originally written and recorded during a dark period for the duo’s home country of Uruguay as it was under the oppressive dictatorship of the early seventies. ‘Mateo Y Trasante’ documents Eduardo Mateo and Jorge Trasante’s voyage into the deep heart of sonic percussion and guitar techniques. The record is ...view item »

Nozinja Lodge

Nozinja is the recording moniker of South African Richard Mthetwa. Nozinja Lodge is his debut album. It takes the adrenaline-fuelled beats of Shangaan Electro, a South African sub-genre of EDM that Nozinja is at the forefront of, and delivers it to the rest of the world. Double vinyl LP and CD on Warp....view item »

Nu Yorica! Culture Clash In New York City: Experiments In Latin Music 1970-77

Featuring a raft of seminal latin artists such as Eddie Palmieri, Joe Bataan and Machito, Nu Yorica! Culture Clash In New York City: Experiments In Latin Music 1970-77 gets a 20th anniversary reissue in all its fiesty glory. One of the most critically acclaimed releases from the Soul Ja...view item »

Montevideo Blues
Montevideo Blues

The self-titled album by Montevideo Blues, their only release, is rare and exciting, so praise the gods for this LP reissue on Lion Productions. Uruguay’s finest example of 70’s political rock-via-traditional-instruments music, and something quite unlike what’s available elsewhere. Limited to only 500 copies, j...view item »

The Budos Band
Burnt Offering

'Burnt Offering' is the newest record from that ten-piece that just wants to have fun: the Budos Band. Riffs on riffs front this record of hazy psych-rock and proud metal worship, though the band retain their jazz and Afrobeat influences and pack their tunes with all the things that make them more like Fela Kuti. A weird, wonderful hybrid o...view item »

Tropical Disco Hustle Volume 2

There is surely no title like Tropical Disco Hustle to prompt happiness and a will to dance… apart from Tropical Disco Hustle 2! This carefully compiled collection is full of tracks both classic and rare from various Caribbean countries, and is delicious as you might expect. Double LP or CD from Cultures of Soul....view item »

Hanoi Masters - War Is a Wound Peace Is a Scar

Hanoi Masters: War is a Wound, Peace is Scar is a recording from 2014 from producer Ian Brennan, who has worked with names such as Tinariwen, Malawi Mouse Boys, and The Good Ones. Recorded live by Vietnamese musicians on traditional instruments and capturing the haunting fractured psyche of what the Vietnamese called the American War. Vinyl and ...view item »

Kink Gong

Cripes, not even really sure where to start with this one. Basically Laurent Jeanneau has gone to Xinjiang Province in China and recorded a load of local musicians playing local instruments with names like kazakh dongbra and uyghur tambur and dotar that I'm not even going to pretend to kno...view item »

Tal National
Zoy Zoy

Niger’s favourite band, Tal National have gathered a strong Western audience since the release of their previous album Kaani. Zoy Zoy is their latest effort which blends African folk together with some electronic elements, melding fantastically together to create a twist on traditional Afr...view item »

Next Stop Soweto Vol. 4 - Zulu Rock, Afro-Disco and Mbaqanga 1975-1985

Straight from late seventies/early eighties apartheid South Africa, Next Stop Soweto Vol. 4 is all about that warm waves of funk in Africa: Zulu Rock, Afro-Disco and Mbaqanga. Those precise genres perhaps hard to distinguish to the layman, but always a guaranteed listening pleasure. This 2xLP treats you to some o...view item »

Disco Dildar

The fantastic Finders Keepers has dug deep once again, this time into some mighty fine Indian and Pakistani party tunes to create Disco Dildar. It’s funky and plain crazy synth, drum machine tunes in the same vein as those great obscure pop odd-balls such as William Onyeabor or Bru...view item »

Cosmic Serpents

Don’t be fooled by the garish, cringingly teenage art & design project style cover for Cosmic Serpents by Skip&Die because behind the cover, in those dusty grooves, are some rhythmical, tropical and dance-inducing tunes, inspired by the countries in which the album was written and recorded, includi...view item »


Available on 180 gram 12” vinyl in gatefold case on Glitterbeat. Live recording from Taureg rock band Tamikrest. Layered percussion grooves and dirtied electric guitars filled with extensions and improvisations of album tracks. It’s excellent desert blues for fans of Can or Pink Floyd...view item »

Petite Noir
The King Of Anxiety EP

Fitting nicely in the row of bass-heavy, vocally high-pitched and electronic artists like Seekae, Chet Faker and James Blake, Petite Noir adds his own brand of South African rhythm to build unique and captivating songs. The King of Anxiety is only a teaser EP for his upcoming full length, but we’ll be playing it o...view item »

Ali Farka Toure with Ry Cooder
Talking Timbuktu

A Grammy award winning album which was number 1 in the US World Music Charts for 31 weeks, Talking Timbuktu by Ali Farka Toure, who has been a hot ticket for any fans of so-called “world music”, and Ry Cooder, the American guitarist known for his slide guitar, is an album which combi...view item »

Folk Music Of The Sahel Vol. 1: Niger

Soul sounds from all the artists on Folk Music Of The Sahel Vol. 1: Niger. This compilation is made up of field recordings from the landlocked West African country. Full of transcendental chants, beautifully soul stirring vocals, native and western instruments and enough polyrhythmic groove to last a lifetime. It's an insight ...view item »

Santa Y Su Gente

Another overdue rerelease to please the fans. First released during the rule of Pinochet, this sweet piece of progressive/Latin funk never got the attention it deserved. Now you can listen to Santa Y Su Gente in the warmth of your own home, whilst basking in the peace of your own democratically elected government....view item »

A Magic Whistle
Secret Museum of Kind Men Vol. 4

A Magic Whistle is Andy Puls and he’s knocked it out of the park again with a pair of belters. Interpreting music from Tajikstan and Georgia - melding banjo and synth, voice and drum. The B-side is heavy on the whistles and pump organ. Best enjoyed loudly with tea and substances on a rainy...view item »

The Afrosound Of Colombia Vol. 2

A four meat soup of delight from The Afrosound Of Colombia Vol. 2. This compilation is a real hodgepodge of styles, sounds and aesthetics. Going from synthed-out funky disco, to a percussion and brass led salsa vibe. It's an eclectic mélange of traditional South American roots music, with Caribbean and African sounds which are a ...view item »

Maurice Louca
Benhayyi Al-Baghbaghan (Salute the Parrot)

A follow up to his first solo album Garraya, 'Salute the Parrot' sees Maurice Louca immerse himself further into deep, wild and often improvised passages of sound. Featuring guest performances by members of Sun City Girls (amongst many others) and vocals by Egyptian Mahraganat MCs Amr 7a7a and Alaa 50, Louca's music works beyond...view item »

Psych-Funk 103: Sa-Re-Ga! Psychedelic Funk India

A platter of hallucinatory spices from various Indian artists. As a follow up to their other guitar-centric odyssey's, Psych-Funk 103: Sa-Re-Ga! Psychedelic Funk India spans through the 70's until '83. It's full of tripped out guitars, super tight drums and raw vocals and horns. Out on CD from World Psychedelic Funk Classics....view item »

Eye Of The Sun

New 12" out from Fantasma on Soundway. Eye Of The Sun is a journey through Sound African roots music, mixed with modern cross-continental sounds. Reggaeton beats, soaring vocals and hip hop production give this vinyl a very unique sound. Driving, soulful and melodic, Eye Of The Sun is a real eclectic treat...view item »

Soundway Records Present - Ten Cities

Soundway brought together as many electronic artists as they could count on about ten hands and asked them to collaborate in a variety of different recording studios. A noble and intensive undertaking, no doubt, but the result is a rainbow of sounds, from dubstep in one city to jazz in another and techno in the one over from that -- I mean, I do...view item »


Pedro Coquenao, aka Batida, returns with a follow-up to his acclaimed self-titled Soundway debut. The Lisbon-based producer is inspired by his own multicultural environs as well as trips to Nairobi and Luanda, mixing a deep understanding of African rhythms with slick western house and electronica. The lyrics are in four different languages ...view item »

90 Degrees of Shade: Hot Jump-Up Island Sounds From The Caribbean - Mambo, Calypso, Goombay, Mento, Merengue, Cult and Compas Music

Compilation of various Caribbean musical styles and flavours from the 50s and 60s, brought to you by Soul Jazz records. Featuring artists from Cuba, Haiti, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and Jamaica, and an impressively ecclectic mix of Calypso, Mento (early Jamaican reggae), mambo and more. Available on heavyweight double vinyl gatefold or CD....view item »

Seu Jorge and Almaz
Seu Jorge and Almaz

A lovely album by Seu Jorge this, sunshine lilting arrangements of well know songs, pity its nearly winter, but you can't have everything can you? For me this is largely about the two singles released from the album, Everybody Loves the Sunshine and The Model. Now Kraftwerk don't al...view item »

Joshua Rainhorn / Paulinho e Beatriz
Wine & Cigarettes / Você Tem

The latest in Drag City's latest line of 'discoveries' which are actually alter ego's of actor/comedian/what have you Fred Armisen. This time it is  LA piano-popster Joshua Rainhorn and Brazilian bossa wonder twins Paulinho e Beatriz. Some of these can be pretty amusing so worth waiting to see what turns up. ...view item »

Soul Jazz Records Present
90 Degrees of Shade: Image and Identity in the West Indies: Over 100 Years of Photography in the Caribbean

'90 Degrees Of Shade: Image and Identity In The West Indies' encompasses a century of Caribbean history in an extensive collection of photography that attempts to show the region in every little and significant detail, from its political and colonial fractures to its independence. The book was compiled by Paul Gilroy....view item »

Tradisyon Ka
Soul Jazz Records Presents Gwo Ka: Music Of Guadeloupe, West Indies

Soul Jazz continue their study of classic Caribbean sounds here with an LP from Tradisyon Ka, a contemporary example of the Gwo Ka music of Guadeloupe. In a region populated largely by the ancestors of forcibly relocated African slaves, Guadeloupe is unusual in that it is still a Euro-spending, croissant-eating department of France, and the Gwo ...view item »

Aby Ngana Diop

Awesome Tapes From Africa with another reissue here; this one hopes to break Senegal's Aby Ngana Diop, a famous taasu singer/speaker whose poems and prose were backed by tama percussion. 'Liital' is notable for the striking rhythms Diop creates with her words and the lyrical way her backing vocalists respond. 'Liital' was her only release, initi...view item »


Bombino... I have to admit I bought this based on the image of a desert man with a Gibson Les Paul. Sometimes it's good to try something with no pre-conception of it's contents and hope it surprises you.... which this certainly did. Desert folk compositions with simple and interesting arrangements. Lovely and uncomplicated this album pays tribut...view item »

Fela Kuti
Teacher Don't Teach Me Nonsense

'Teacher Don't Teach Me Nonsense' offers up three massively long compositions from Fela Kuti that delve deeply into his interest in mixing Afrobeat with soul, while still maintaining a strong amount of horns. There's also signs of the politically charged artist listeners of Fela Kuti will have come to expect in the thirty-minute, two-part "Look ...view item »

Penny Penny
Shaka Bundu

Awesome Tapes from Africa have been at it again, this week they’re dropping a reissue of the 1994 debut by South African singer Penny Penny, a man with an astonishing backstory. The last of 68 children sired by his father, his family couldn’t afford to educate him and he ended up workin...view item »

My Panda Shall Fly

My Panda Shall Fly is the alter-ego of South London-based Sri Lankan producer Suren Seneviratne, who paints an intriguing series of electro acoustic tapestries over the course of this short but sweet six-tracker. The list of instruments incorporated in this recording is as long as my arm so I'm not going to list them out to you but I cou...view item »

Seun Kuti + Egypt 80
A Long Way To The Beginning

Fela’s son Seun Kuti took over his Egypt 80 combo on his death in 1997 and apparently this is the third of a trilogy of albums from them. I however have missed the first two so I’m reviewing it as if it’s a stand-alone thing. The first thing that’s striking me is how punchy this is, it&rsqu...view item »

Meridian Brothers
Salvadora Robot

Another 2014 Soundway record worth checking out (alongside Ibibio Sound Machine and Fumaca Preta). I saw this crew late at night at Latitude Festival and their bizarre psychedelic-Latino grooves blew me away. I'm not as convinced that it ...view item »

Bollywood Bloodbath

Finders Keepers compilations are always a rewarding and indulgent listen, and this collection of tracks from Bollywood horror film scores is no exception. The spooky edge is totally up my street, too. As you'd imagine, these are pretty accessible cuts without a lot of melody and charm. Wh...view item »

Beyond Addis

BEYOND ADDIS - CONTEMPORARY JAZZ & FUNK INSPIRED BY ETHIOPIAN SOUNDs FROM THE 70'S "Beyond Addis" is a collection of contemporary bands inspired by Ethiopian music from the 70's. Feat. Akale Wube (France), Heliocentrics (UK), Imperial Tiger Orchestra (Switzerland), Budos Band (USA), Ping Pong orchestra (USA / UK), Les Freres Smith (France), ...view item »

Muyei Power
Sierra Leone In 1970s USA

Unavailable for 35 years and released only as singles at the time, Soundway has gathered together some belters from Muyei Power who were one of the in demand bands of the 1970s in Sierra Leone. Muyei Power never released an album and disbanded in 1979 leaving only these few tracks of highly percussive, afro-beat and funk tunes....view item »

Omar Souleyman
Wenu Wenu

Can you believe that this is Omar Souleyman’s first proper studio album? We were surprised too, but it turns out all the ones he’s released to date have been compilations and a live album. Now he’s gone into the studio with none other than Kieran “Fourtet&...view item »

Ellis Island Sound

The jury is still out on this new Ellis Island Sound album. We had it on in the office whilst I tucked longingly into a sandwich and it was kind of drifting past, but pleasantly I must add. This collaboration between David Sheppard (Phelan/Sheppard, Snow Palms) and Pete Astor (The Loft/The Weathe...view item »


Finders Keepers follow their 'universally loved by everyone on the planet pretty much' Pomegranates comp with this... The first of a reissue programme of the Iranian '70s starlet Googoosh. Who? Apparently all of her records were destroyed after the Iranian revolution of 1979 so her wares have been tricky to find should anyone have actually heard...view item »

Garotas Suecas
Feras MÍticas

Vibrations from the sun drenched Garotas Suecas. Feras MÍticas is the second album from the Rio De Janeiro group. Awash with soulful vocalisations, tight guitars, serious bass lines, drums and an assortment of electronics and strings. They mix between their native styles such as bossa nova and gentle sa...view item »

Residual Echoes
Secret Museum of Kind Men Vol. 3 (India / Tajikstan)

Here's the third instalment of Casual Acid Tea's excellent 'Secret History of Kind Men' series, in which modern artists cover pieces from the epic 'Secret History of Mankind' archive. This one has a band called Residual Echoes interpreting tracks called 'Gungru Tarang' by Master Manamar Barve of India and 'Khar Shabi' by T Tazylova of Tajikstan....view item »

John Wizards

The chunter. Its the chunter that gets you. Chunter on this chunter on that. Lets remove their tongues and enjoy the music. John Wizards are a band not a man but the singer is called John. They come from Cape Town in South Africa and their sunshine-infused music has recently been heard opening up for Jagwar Ma o...view item »
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Nath & Martin Brothers

Nath & Martin Brothers LP Money is one of the more sought after Nigerian records and therefore ripe for a wallet friendly reissue, thankfully Voodoo Funk have done though honours. The brothers were a backing band and also recorded under other names, notably Saxon Lee and the Shadows Intenati...view item »

Orquesta el Macabeo
Salsa Bestial

Debruit & Alsarah

Jimmy Mawi
Jimmy Mawi

Meridian Brothers

National Wake
Walk In Africa

Here’s a name I’ve never heard before. National Wake were active in South Africa from 1979 until 1981, a mixed race punk band in apartheid South Africa, they were mired in controversy and their album was pulled by the government after selling a measly 700 copies. I don’t want to go too far into their history and background beca...view item »
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Doug Tielli

Doug Tielli lives in Toronto, where he is a well-known name on the underground music scene. Much of Kerelsey, though, was conceived in a rainy two months spent in the suburb of Coventry, England, with the same name. English folk influences are audible on the album, alongside African and Brazilian vibes. On CD or vi...view item »
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Black Man's Cry : The Inspiration Of Fela Kuti

This compilation takes Fela Kuti’s music as a starting point and then moves away from it into the musicians he influenced. Fela’s afrobeat had a vast impact on his countrymen and those further afield, and Black Man’s Cry lets us hear a ton of great material often impossible to hear bef...view item »

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