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Tanzania Albinism Collective
White African Power (We Live In Danger) / Stigma Everywhere

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Romperayo
Que Jue?

Romperayo is Pedro Ojeda from Colombia. Pedro is primarily a drummer, but on second Romperayo album Que Jue? he also picks up a bunch of samplers and instruments in order to go it alone. The resulting tracks are vivid and intensely rhythmic, with sounds piling up on top of each other without ever quite falling over. Out on Souk Records.

Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba
Miri

Bassekou Kouyate, back once again with his mighty band Ngoni Ba, has a new album for us all to enjoy: Miri. The amplified ngoni leads things, blending roots and blues influences with plenty of intricate playing. He really is the ngoni maestro. Multiple guests include Majid Bekkas and Abdoulaye Diabate. Released by Out Here.

Jay Mitta
Tatizo Pesa

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Americo Brito and Djarama
Nha D’stine

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Sourakata Koite
En Hollande

Awesome Tapes From Africa by name, awesome tapes from Africa by nature. For the label’s latest trick they pull a reissue of Senegalese musician Sourakata Koite’s 1985 LP En Hollande out the bag. A master of the kora - a 21-string West African harp - Koite lays down a selection of ebullient, trilling tracks here. The frequent kora overdubs give the record a great feeling of motion. It’s no surprise to find out that Manu Dibango and Jacques Higelin are fans of Koite’s work.

Mulatu Astatke
Ethiopian Modern Instrumentals Hits

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Orchestre Abass
De Bassari Togo

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Jah Gumby
Humility: The Vibes of Jah G

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Yoruba Singers
Fighting For Survival

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Clan Caimán
Clan Caimán

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Various
On - The Sound Of On Records 1987-1989

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Feeling Kréyol
Las Palé

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Baba Commandant & The Mandingo Band
Siri Ba Kele

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Na Hawa Doumbia
La Grande Cantatrice Malienne Vol 3

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Ahmoudou Madassane
Zerzura (Original Soundtrack Recording)

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Tallawit Timbouctou
Hali Diallo

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Troupe Ecole Tudu
Oyiwane

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Ercilia Costa
My Torment

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Asnakech Worku
Asnaketch

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Hailu Mergia & The Walias
Tche Belew

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Fofoulah
Daega Rek

Fofoulah return to Glitterbeat Records (Samba Toure, MAKU Soundsystem) with the follow-up to their eponymous 2014 debut LP. On Daega Rek the band step into a bold new sound, one that is difficult to categorise despite its many apparent influences (sabar, Afro-house, dub, footwork and jazz all get a look in here). It’s a potent record of fevered playing and wide-eyed vocal performances. Think Afriqoui if they really threw caution to the wind. Good stuff.

The Scorpions & Saif Abu Bakr
Jazz, Jazz, Jazz

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Kyriakos Sfetsas
Greek Fusion Orchestra Vol. 1

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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.
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Hailu Mergia
Yegojam Marnesh / Yegle Nesh

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Various
Ethiopian Modern Instrumentals Hits

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Ngozi Family
Day of Judgement

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Grupo Controle Digital
A Festa E Nossa

Remaster of the only album from sleek Brazilian electronic funk duo Grupo Controle Digital. Sadly, one of the members Gel Valiery, died young, leading to the end of the band. His bandmate, Billy Jaguar, became a priest, but was tracked down by DJ Millos Kaiser in order to secure permission to use their tracks. 

Kadodi
Kadodi

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Afro National
African Experimentals (1972-1979)

The reissue-philes at Africa Seven drop a compilation from acclaimed Sierra Leonean group Afro National. Led by Sulay Abu Bakarr, his wife Patricia and former Sabanoh Jazz Group member Ayo Roy Macauley, Afro National’s blend of West African rock styles, jazz and Hi-Life made them big stars in their home country throughout the 1970s. African Experimentals (1972-1979) collates some of the group’s deeper, most dancefloor-friendly cuts.

Basa Basa
Homowo

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Thabang Tabane
Matjale

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Moontribe
Moontribe

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Umit Aksu Orkestrasi
Bermuda Seytan Ucgeni

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Various
Nouvelle Ambiance

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James Holden + Maalem Houssam Guinia
Three Live Takes

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MKWAJU ensemble
KI-Motion

An unknown classic, KI-Motion is some of the finest percussion work you'll likely hear. Rhythms made meditative and minimalist, the MKWAJU Ensembl explored fertile ground in the world of ambience, influenced by the membership of legendary percussionist Midori Takada. A resonant masterstroke.

Various
Saigon Supersound Vol. 2

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Bixiga 70
Quebra Cabeça

Bixiga 70 are a many-handed group, with ten members all pouring their heart, soul and funk into vivid, multi-hued music. Quebra Cabeca is African music made via Brazil, positively drenched in groovy vigour and fun. They sound like the kind of band who would absolutely slay at a festival, but this fourth album of theirs will do very nicely if you aren’t in a summer field. Out on Glitterbeat.

Bamba Pana
Poaa

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Gyedu-Blay Ambolley
Simigwa

Mr. Bongo reissue this crucial 1970’s Ghanaian soul record. Gyedu-Blay Ambolley was one of the more significant figures to emerge in West Africa’s post-High-Life explosion. Channelling James Brown through the prism of Afrobeat, jazz and Ghanaian funk-rock, Ambolley’s 1975 LP Simigwa is as righteous as they come. It’s a good job they’ve re-cut this one, too - Simigwa’s rare original copies go for megabucks these days.

Dick Dickson
In The Pocket

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Buari
Buari

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Various
Antilles Méchant Bateau

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Ravi Shankar
The Rough Guide to Ravi Shankar

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Tunde Mabadu
Viva Disco

Some ultra-rare boogie Lagos here. Originally issued in 1980 and long lost to the annals of time, Tunde Mabadu’s Viva Disco is Nigerian disco par excellence. The tunes here boast ten-tonne grooves, and the slightly distorted recording only adds to their energy and verve. Anyone with an ear for the likes of Joni Haastrup, Shina Williams, Christy Essien and the like should head over this way. Re-released via Mr Bongo.

Oneness of Juju
African Rhythms

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Trio Ternura
A Gira / Last Tango In Paris

A shining golden piece of Música Popular Brasileira from the 70’s, recorded by two sisters and a brother. Trio Ternura learned their craft from their father, Umberto Silva, and A Gira / Last Tango In Paris is a beautiful example of what they could do. Lush strings, smooth rhythms, heavenly vocals: this is a crucial piece of Brazilian music. Reissued by Melodies International.

Various
Britxotica Goes Wild! Percussive Pop and Crazy Latin

Trunk brings us the latest instalment -- volume 5! Five! -- of the ongoing Britxotica series of compilation LPs. Legendary tastemakers Johnny Trunk and Martin Green cull and round up 16 more obscurities from pre-Beatles Exotica Britain with the emphasis on lively and fun, always. A previously (somewhat shady), forgotten genre of the era it's fair to say. Latin dance, cha-cha flavours and too-excitable-for-loungecore numbers abound; includes a great version of "House Of Bamboo" and plenty of other things of their time -- including a Ted Heath track that introduced classic telly "John Craven's Newsround". My, we are showing our age now.

N'Draman-Blintch
Cosmic Sounds

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Dur-Dur Band
Dur Dur of Somalia - Vol. 1 & Vol. 2

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh damn! Look, if you’ve never heard Dur-Dur before, then stop what you’re doing and fix that this instance. The Somali group were one of the most famous bands in their home country during the 80’s and early 90’s before a civil war put paid to their career. A recent resurgent interest in their work has led to a great Awesome Tapes From Africa reissue, but not much beyond that. However, now Analog Africa have really gone the extra mile to get some more of the band’s finest work out. We mean that literally - AA boss Samy Ben Redjeb flew to Mogadishu to get these tapes. And we’re so glad he did. Dur-Dur were a mighty band, capable of cooking up a totally unique funk sound, and to now have not one but two more of their LPs (and some bonus tracks!) excavated for re-release is a true pleasure. Honestly, just listen to the thing.

Various
Hafla! - A Rough Guide to Jaffa's 70's Sound (Compiled by Fortuna Records)

Well this compilation was commissioned by the Ha’achim restaurant in Tel Aviv: whether or not that means that these bangers are going to be accompanying diners evening meals I don’t know, but it means this LP is fully grounded in the place it documents. Ten tracks from Jaffa in the 1970’s, absolutely bristling with life-force and excitement. Put together and licenced by Fortuna Records.

Walter Gavitt Ferguson
The Legendary Tape Recordings Vol. 1

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Stella Chiweshe
Kasahwa: Early Singles

This is a good one. Stella Chiweshe is well-known in her native Zimbabwe as a master of the mbira (thumb-piano). As the nation spent the 1970’s gearing up for revolution, Chiweshe released a run of mbira recordings that became soundtracks to the Chimurenga. Now Glitterbeat have collected some of her best early singles - none of which have previously seen releases outside of Chiweshe’s home continent - for Kasahwa.

Midori Takada & Lafawndah
Le Renard Bleu

The first new release from Midori Takada in almost two decades! Le Renard Bleu (translation: ‘The Blue Fox’) is a single-track, twenty-minute EP that sees the Japanese composer step out alongside NYC’s Lafawndah. Takada plays tuned percussion and also employs waterphones, Japanese strings and various drums in her composition. Meanwhile Lafawndah offers vocals that appear to draw strength from both Western and Eastern opera. It’s potent stuff.

Witch
Movin' On

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Jess Sah Bi & Peter One
Our Garden Needs Its Flowers

An altogether calmer release than we’ve come to expect from Awesome Tapes From Africa here. Jess Sah Bi & Peter One were a duo famous throughout West Africa in the 1980s. Combining the songwriting techniques of their native Ivory Coast with American and British folk styles, they hit upon a great formula for 1985 LP Our Garden Needs Its Flowers. This reissue sees the audio quality restored in order to let these beautiful melodies ring clear as day.

Mulatu Astatke & His Ethiopian Quintet
Afro Latin Soul Vol. 2

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Femi Kuti
One People One World

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Various
Ethiopian Hit Parade Volume 1

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O’Seis
Suicida / Apocalipse

No, this isn’t the latest incarnation of (Thee) Oh Sees. In fact, it’s a previous incarnation of Os Mutantes. Three of those who would go on to form OM - Rita Lee and the Baptista brothers - were members of O’Seis. 1966 single Suicida/Apocalipse was the group's only release, but both tracks fizz with energy and spark. Neatly prefaces the tropicalia/psych-rock explosion that OM would spearhead a few years later.

Gyedu-Blay Ambolley
Gyedu-Blay Ambolley (Analog Africa Dance Edition No. 9)

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Otim Alpha
Gulu City Anthems

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Various
Buried Country

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Mulatu Astatke & His Ethiopian Quintet
Afro-Latin Soul

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These Eyes
Soca Hustle / Let Me Love

The press release ain’t giving much away about this one. It’s These Eyes with Soca Hustles/Let Me Love on Invisible City Editions. There’s a very fun groove with these. There’s naive and playful instrumentation and its West African influences remind me of Onyeabor and Bebey but with more of a Juju tint. Very fun and this repress comes with new album artwork.   

Stars Of Liberty / Eye Q
Power To The People / I’m Not Selfish

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King Ayisoba
Wicked Leaders

Ghanaian musician King Ayisoba speaks truth to power on his incendiary fourth LP. Ayisoba is the sun around which Wicked Leaders revolves, a hugely charismatic presence up-front who is blessed with a voice so piercing it could cut metal. Leading his group with vocals and kologo (a two-string instrument similar to a guitar) in a sound that blends the Dagaaba and Frafra styles, Ayisoba’s revolutionary fervour carries this record of ramshackle protest songs.

Nigeria Fuji Machine
Synchro Sound System & Power

Nigeria Fuji Machine is a grouping of high-powered drummers and singers in Lagos, performing the popular Yoruba Nigerian music named Fuji. Fuji is a thrilling, super-percussive sound, that is highly popular in Nigeria but somewhat overlooked in the West in favour of highlife and the like. Correct this now, with Synchro Sound System & Power, a newly recorded set on Soul Jazz.

Hailu Mergia & Dahlak Band
Wede Harer Guzo

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Siassia & Tokobina
Siassia & Tokobina EP

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Kamal Keila
Muslims and Christians

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Fadoul
Al Zman Saib

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Various
Onda de Amor: Synthesized Brazilian Hits That Never Were (1984-94)

Good old Soundway Records. They never fail. It’s another crate-digging extravaganza from the global pop imprint, and this time they turn their attention to the music of the Brazilian 80s and 90s. Roping in vinyl junkie Millos Kaiser - 50% of the duo Selvagem - Kaiser has put together a compilation of sixteen would-be hits from long-gone artists that combine samba, funk, disco and more to ebullient effect. Might relaunch a career or two.

Various
Bury Me in a Corner of the Yard

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Super Elcados
Togetherness Is Always A Good Venture - Tambourine Party Vol. 2

Anyone keeping track of the resurgent interest in ‘70s Afrofunk over the past decade will have seen the name Super Elcados crop up every now and then. Now the group’s LP Togetherness Is Always A Good Venture - Tambourine Party Volume 2 gets a reissue via Mr. Bongo. Despite this being the second instalment in a series it’s actually the band’s debut full-length and dates back to 1976. These are eight premium pieces of Lagos boogie similar to contemporaries The Funkees and Monomono.

Waak Waak Djungi
Waak Waak Ga Min Min

Waak Waak Djungi are a group from the Northern Territories of Australia, made up of three indigenous Yolngu people. They combine traditional vocal techniques and field recordings with 90’s era electronic production, and have been recently rediscovered. Waak Waak Ga Min Min contains a previously unheard recording, along with five cuts from their 1997 album. Released by Efficient Space.

Andrea Benini
Drumphilia Vol. 1

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George Katsaros
George Katsaros: Greek Blues in America, Vol. 1

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Various
Don't Sleep: Omutibo From Rural Kenya

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Various
Sounds of Sisso

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Arp Frique
The Colorful World of Arp Frique

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Maria Rita Stumpf
Brasileira Remixes

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Zazou / Bikaye / Cy 1
Noir et Blanc

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Witch
Kuomboka

Zamrock's most supreme band, Witch (which means We Intend To Cause Havoc) continue to get the reissue treatment from Now-Again with the more overtly experimental 'Kuomboka'. And by experimental, we mean, you know the opposite: slow jams, modest rock, and all the American pop influence in the world. As always, though, there's still a good amount of Zambian tradition and propulsive rhythms. 
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Alanis Obomsawin
Bush Lady

Rare and underrated, Alanis Obomsawin's Bush Lady is a cult classic finally gaining new listeners through Montreal's Constellation. Considering the lives lived by Canada's First Nations, and the political threats to their existence, the record is both a crucial sonic document and activist statement, offering a record created with painstaking attention to detail by Obomsawin (who rerecorded due to dissatisfaction with an early take). An essential fixture in the history of folk music.

Manu Dibango
Electric Africa

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Mulatu Astatke
Afro Latin Soul Vol. 2

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