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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.
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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
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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.

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.

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.
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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.
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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.

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.
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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.

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.
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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.
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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.

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Rodriguez
Cold Fact

We all know the story by now. American singer-songwriter Rodriguez releases his debut LP in 1970 to little fanfare and modest sales. Meanwhile somehow the record gets picked up by music lovers in South Africa and the record goes platinum. The story is covered in life affirming detail in the Searching for the Sugarman film but if you don't have it already, you'll need this re-issue of his classic first album - full of warm sunshine vibes like a Bob Dylan on prozac. 

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!

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

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.

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.
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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.

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.

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Various
Gabriele Poso presents The Languages of Tambores

Gabriele Poso is a man who really knows his percussion, having released several albums of phenomenal percussive music himself. Here he operates as selector, picking out fourteen international examples of percussion-lead music that floats his boat. The Languages Of Tambores is a suite of spiritual rhythms, pressed to two LPs and released by BBE.
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Fabiano Do Nascimento
Tempo Dos Mestres

Fabiano Do Nascimento is a Brazilian guitarist who draws on the rich swirl of musical history in the country to create his own special blend. Tempo Dos Mestres was recorded live in the studio with a small band made up of a percussionist, a sax / flute player and two vocalists. No overdubs, just directly-flowing liquid guitar magic. Released by No-Again.
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Francis Bebey
Psychedelic Sanza 1982-1984

Crate diggers and rare musical magpies Born Bad give us another reason to love them with Francis Bebey's 'Psychedelic Stanza', a biographical compilation that combs through the best work of Cameroonian polymath Francis Bebey, who created a sound that could be groovy and raw at the same time, as finely textured as it was utterly sparse. This time they look at the '80s period of his recording career, which retains the same joyous spirit -- just listen to him sing.

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.
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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.
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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.

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.
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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.
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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!
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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.
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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?

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(!).
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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”
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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!
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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.
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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.

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.
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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.
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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).

Bitori
Legend of Funana (The Forbidden Music of The Cape Verde Islands)

Bitori had spent most of a lifetime developing and performing his sound before he entered a studio for the first time in 1997 to lay down The Legend of Funana. Based in the traditional Cape Verde form but souped up a little for this recording, Bitori’s accordion-led music is super-rhythmic and lots of fun. On Analog Africa.
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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.
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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.

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.
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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. 

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.
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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.
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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.

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.  
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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. 

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!
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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.
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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!

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

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

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.   

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.

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.

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.

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.
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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.

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.
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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.

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.
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Telebossa
Garagem Aurora

Telebossa have already created a new musical blueprint on Garagem Aurora by fusing traditional bossa nova sounds influenced by Brazilian musical legends Antonio Carlos Jobim, Caetano Veloso and Joao Gilberto, with contemporary sounds. The guitars and cellos used on their debut album, Telebossa No.1, have been swapped out for vocals and player piano. They have also utilised the wisdom and talents of Brian Wilson, Joanna Newsom and Skrillex collaborator Van Dyke Parks.
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Afro​-​Haitian Experimental Orchestra
Afro​-​Haitian Experimental Orchestra

Putting different musicians together is always a great experiment, and the Afro-Haitian Experimental Orchestra is no different. Thrown into a five-day recording session in a transatlantic culture promotional effort, musicians from Nigeria and Haiti made this high-energy, positive-vibe filled poly-rhythmic musical experiment with no idea what to expect. And it turned out great.
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Various
Why The Mountains Are Black - Primeval Greek Village Music: 1907-1960

Why The Mountains Are Black - Primeval Greek Village Music: 1907 - 1960 is a fantastic double set of 78rpm records of Greek musical traditions. None of these recordings have previously been reissued, being sourced from the collection of Christopher King. Unusual, beautiful, historic, essential. Released by Jack White’s Third Man Records.
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Peace
Black Power

Black Power by Peace was released in the mid 1970’s, and it has taken as long as this for it to see an official reissue. And yet this is one of the premium albums of the whole Zambian Zamrock scene, a groovy and soulful thing. It is also the only album that Peace ever made. In print once more, with a booklet, courtesy of Now-Again.

Ahmed Malek
Musique Original De Films

High quality stuff from a musician not well enough known outside of Algeria. Ahmed Malek played funky, slinky, slightly psychedelic arabic jazz music, and regularly composed soundtracks for the country’s film industry. Musique Original De Films is made up of unheard material, lovingly packed with an interview and notes on some of the soundtracked films. On Habibi Funk.
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M.A.K.U Soundsystem
Mezcla

M.A.K.U. Soundsystem is an 8-piece band of New Yorkers with Colombian roots. They ground their music in the body-dominating rumbling rhythms of cumbia, but throw afrobeat and hip-hop vibes in as well. The result is a super-rhythmic juggernaut of impossible potency. Mezcla is the collective’s third album. Out on Glitterbeat.
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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 Jack Yglesias of The Heliocentrics. On Soundway.
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Various
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. Revel in it! On Now-Again.
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

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.   

Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band
55

Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band are a steel drum band operating out of Hamburg, Germany. They got the attention of DJs and home listeners alike when they covered 50 Cent’s essential track ‘P.I.M.P.’ (included here), and have an array of other crucial covers to show off on 55, their debut full-length. CD / 2LP on Big Crown.

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 Konono do so well. On Crammed Discs.
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Flamingods
Majesty

Third full-length album from Flamingods, the international psychedelic explorers. Their sound here is as thrillingly varied as it has ever been, but without losing focus. Majesty is conceptually split, with the first half consciously light and positive and the second half much darker. Which side will you prefer…? Out on Soundway.
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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 to these ears. Released by the Soundway label.

Awalom Gebremariam
Desdes

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: and here we are! CD or LP.
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Various
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 Turkish Experimental Music 1961-2014 is presented as a 2LP or 2CD set.

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 pushing the limits of noise and drone and it is wonderful.

Various
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-curated compilation on Strut.

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 release meant that these records were sparsely distributed at the time, so relish this timely reissue on Mr Bongo.
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