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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.
  • Vinyl LP (GBLP035)
  • CD (GBCD035)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Various
VENEZUELA 70: Cosmic Visions Of A Latin American Earth - Venezuelan Experimental Rock In The 1970s

Featuring artists not much known outside of the country(Soul Jazz doing what they do best), such as Vytas Brenner, Angel Rada, Pablo Schneider and Miguel Angel Fuster, who through the 70s brought Venezuelan experimental rock to the forefront of experimental by incorporating elements of electronica, funk and jazz. Mirroring the growth in german experimentation at the time, these artists defined Venezuela’s musical mark.
  • Vinyl Double LP (SJRLP335)
  • CD (SJRCD335)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Fela Kuti
Open & Close / Afrodesiac


  • CD (KFR-1006)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Fela Kuti
Alagbon Close / Why Black Man Dey Suffer


  • CD (KFR-1008)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

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.
  • Vinyl Double LP (TMR334)
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

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.
  • CD (NA5130CD)

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.
  • Vinyl LP (HABIBI003LP)
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

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.
  • Vinyl LP (GBLP034)
  • CD (GBCD034)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

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.
  • Vinyl LP (SNDWLP082)
  • CD (SNDWCD082)
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

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.
  • Vinyl Double LP (NA5125LP)
  • CD (NA5125CD)
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Ilaiyaraaja
Solla Solla


  • Vinyl Double LP (FKR041LP)
  • Genre(s):
  • 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.   
  • CD (SNDWCD067)

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.
  • Vinyl Double LP (BC013LP)
  • CD (BC013CD)

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.
  • Vinyl Double LP (CRAM261LP)
  • CD (CRAM261)
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

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.
  • Vinyl LP (SNDWLP080)
  • CD (SNDWCD080)

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.
  • Vinyl LP (ATFA020LP)
  • CD (ATFA020CD)
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

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.
  • Vinyl Double LP (SRV390)
  • CD (SR390)

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.
  • CD (LSSN036CD)

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.
  • CD (STRUT133CD)

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.
  • Vinyl LP (MRBLP131)
  • CD (MRBCD131)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

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.
  • Vinyl LP (MRBLP132)
  • CD (MRBCD132)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Various
Africa Express presents: Maison des Jeunes

Africa Express is another of those Damon Albarn-led Malian music love-ins, but you knew that already didn’t you. However you feel about Albarn, you have to admire his commitment to bringing the sounds of Bamako to the world. Maison Des Jeunes features a ton of talent - Nick Zinner, Brian Eno, Doucoura, Adama Koita, the list goes on - all working side-by-side to create these tracks. The resulting LP is the kind of rich ethno-pop that has been Albarn’s bread-and-butter these past few years.
  • Vinyl Double LP (TRANS172X)
  • Coloured vinyl

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 CD an vinyl LP.
  • Vinyl LP (GBLP031)
  • CD (GBCD031)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Samba Touré
Albala


  • Vinyl LP (GBLP004)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

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 displays his ferocious guitar licks and groovy garage and surf-inspired backing.
  • Vinyl 10" (FTN004)
  • Limited edition
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Various
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 fans of minimal drone and unusual global sounds.
  • Vinyl LP (CREP18)
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

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 records since. Double LP on Brownswood Recordings.
  • Vinyl Double LP (BWOOD62LP)
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Suns of Arqa
Wadada

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 them cover The Beatles’ Tomorrow Never Knows. CD on Tracks & Traces.
  • CD (FOOTP201502)
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

DJ Katapila
Trotro

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 of detroit house. Ferociously fast drum machines chatter over the minimalist musical forms of gome, kpanlogo and gyama.
  • Vinyl Double LP (ATFA019LP)
  • CD (ATFA019CD)

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 and gorgeous and full of life.
  • Vinyl 10" (KFR4007)
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

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 LP on the Principie Discos label.
  • Vinyl LP (LPPR013)

Mbongwana Star
From Kinshasa

From Kinshasa is a new project from Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic Congo. If you’ve been paying attention, you’ll know already how much gorgeous music has flown out of the city over the years, and Mbongwana Star is no exception, flowing together Congolese rhythms with some electronics and post-punk inspirations. Groovy materials on World Circuit.
  • Vinyl LP (WCV091)
  • CD (WCD091)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

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, and features four good-sized jams.
  • Vinyl LP (LB5036LP)
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

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 remarkable LP on Soundway.
  • Vinyl LP (SNDWLP078)
  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

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 of Khorshid's work and signature sound through Sublime Frequencies.
  • Vinyl LP (SF091LP)
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Various
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.
  • Vinyl LP (ECLP001)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy
  • CD (ECCD001)
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Various
Excavated Shellac: Strings


  • CD (DTD-44)

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 that will be welcome to those who like joy. On Awesome Tapes From Africa.
  • Vinyl LP (ATFA018LP)
  • CD (ATFA018CD)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Dexter Story
Wondem

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 arrangements that bring this record home. On Soundway.
  • Vinyl LP (SNDWLP076)
  • CD (SNDWCD076)

Bixiga 70
III

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. 
  • Vinyl LP (GBLP026)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

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 Double Six label.
  • Vinyl Double LP (DS100LP)
  • CD (DS100CD)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Alif
Aynama-Rtama

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 used. On Nawa Recordings.
  • CD (NAWA003CD)

Romperayo
Romperayo

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.
  • Vinyl LP (CREP20)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Various
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. CD has an additional three tracks.
  • CD (DTD-45)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

DRC Music
Kinshasa One Two


  • Vinyl Double LP (WARPLP221)
  • CD (WARPCD221)
  • £12.99 £7.79 (saving: £5.20)
  • In stock and ready to ship

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 Four Tet, Modeselektor, Gilles Peterson and Legowelt. Sweet sweet Souley-music on Monkeytown.
  • Vinyl LP (MTR56LP)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Sanneh Kuyate
Kaiye & Sajyo


  • CD (LHR6)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

SK Kakraba
Yonye

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.
  • Vinyl LP (SA038)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

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.
  • Vinyl 7" (TRANS189X)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Las Malas Amistades
Maleza


  • CD (HJRCD)
  • £11.49 £5.75 (saving: £5.74)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

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 pensive, thoughtful and has a warm melancolia that radiates through Mateo’s soulful vocal.
  • Vinyl LP (LIONLP147)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Nozinja
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.
  • Vinyl Double LP (WARPLP252)
  • CD (WARPCD252)

Various
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 Jazz label, it’s a thoroughly enjoyable romp from a wide range of artists. Out on deluxe 2CD or Vol. 1 & Vol. 2 separate vinyl from Soul Jazz.
  • CD (SJRCD309)

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, just so you know!
  • Vinyl LP (LIONLP146)
  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

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 of musical party makes up 'Burnt Offering'.
  • Vinyl LP (DAP-034)

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

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

Various
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.
  • CD (COS013CD)

Various
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 CD from Glitterbeat.
  • Vinyl LP (GBLP021)
  • CD (GBCD021)

Kink Gong
Xinjiang


  • Vinyl LP (CREP02)

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 African folk tunes.
  • CD (FATCD137)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Various
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 of the most heartfelt warmth ever pressed into vinyl. Get it before summer hits!
  • Vinyl Double LP (STRUT121LP)
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  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Various
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 Bruce Haack. It’s bound to sell out fast.
  • Vinyl LP (FKR065LP)
  • CD (FKR065CD)

Skip&Die
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, including Argentina, Egypt, Brazil and Portugal. Fun, fun, fun electronica to sway and groove to.  
  • Vinyl Double LP (CRAM255LP)
  • CD (CRAM255)

Tamikrest
Taksera

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. Limited 1500 copies, with download code.
  • Vinyl LP (GBLP022)
  • Limited edition

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 on repeat!
  • Vinyl 12" (DS073T)
  • CD (DS073CD)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

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 combines the two perfectly - it’s Africa with a hillbilly influence. Lovely stuff. A limited 180g vinyl 2 LP.  
  • Vinyl Double LP (WCV040)

Various
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 into traditional music from Niger. Out on vinyl double LP from Sublime Frequencies.
  • Vinyl Double LP (SF090LP)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Santa Y Su Gente
Urgente

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.
  • Vinyl LP (LIONLP131)

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 afternoon. On 7” at 45rpm.
  • Vinyl 7" (CAT-004)
  • In stock and ready to ship

Various
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 result of the diverse range of ethnicities Colombia is home to. Out on double vinyl LP and CD from Vampisoul.
  • CD (VAMPICD156)

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 the confines of simple description. Evocative, challenging and a must for the discerning improv/noise/world ear. Digital and vinyl.Coloured wax seals the deal for those quick off the mark.
  • CD (NAWA002CD)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Various
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.
  • CD (WPFC103CD)

Fantasma
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.
  • Vinyl 12" (SNDW12021)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Various
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 don't need to tell you where the techno comes from, right? 'Soundway Records Present - Ten Cities' celebrates the vibrant specialism of the world's greatest sonic cities.
  • Vinyl Triple LP (SNDWLP69)
  • CD (SNDWCD69)

Batida
Dois

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 and there's an international supporting cast of guests including Spoek Mathambo and Maximo Park guitarist Duncan Lloyd.
  • CD (SNDWCD059)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Various
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. 
  • Vinyl Double LP (SJRLP290-2)
  • Vinyl Double LP (SJRLP290-1)
  • CD (SJRCD290)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

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. 
  • Vinyl 7" (DC577)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

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.
  • Book (SJR293)

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 Ka style mixes African polyrhythms and call-and-response vocals with elements of the French chanson style.
  • Vinyl Double LP (SJRLP287)
  • CD (SJRCD287)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Goat
World Music

The debut record by insane Swedish rockers Goat, highly recommended for everybody who loves squealing guitars, screaming ladies, and catchy afrobeat grooves. Combining psychedelic rock with lots of ethnic rhythms, World Music scored highly in many of 2012’s end-of-the-year lists. Great volumes of tribal distortion on this one.
  • Vinyl LP (LAUNCH048LP)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy
  • CD (LAUNCH048CD)

Aby Ngana Diop
Liital

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, initially released on cassette in 1994 to Senegal's acclaim. 
  • Vinyl LP (ATFA010LP)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Bombino
Agamgam


  • Vinyl LP (GBLP013)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

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 and Love", which is about an attack on his hometown from Nigerian soldiers.
  • Vinyl LP (KFR2042-1)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Penny Penny
Shaka Bundu


  • Vinyl LP (ATFA008LP)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

My Panda Shall Fly
Tropical


  • Vinyl 12" (SNDWLP063)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Seun Kuti + Egypt 80
A Long Way To The Beginning


  • Vinyl LP (BEC5161756)
  • CD (BEC5161755)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Meridian Brothers
Salvadora Robot


  • Vinyl Double LP (SNDWLP064)
  • CD (SNDWCD064)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Various
Bollywood Bloodbath


  • Vinyl Double LP (FKR052LP)
  • CD (FKR052CD)

Various
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), Karl hector & The malcouns (Germany), Zafari (USA), Whitefield Brothers (Germany), Woima Collective (Germany), Tezeta Band (USA), Debo Band (USA), Transgressors (Columbia).
  • CD (US0452)

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. CD and vinyl both come with liner notes on the band. Vinyl is 180g and comes with a download code.
  • Vinyl LP (SNDWLP062)
  • CD (SNDWCD062)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Omar Souleyman
Wenu Wenu


  • Vinyl LP (RBN029LPS)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Ellis Island Sound
Regions


  • Vinyl LP (VGLP007)
  • CD (VGCD007)

Googoosh
Googoosh


  • Vinyl LP (FKR047LP)

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 samba with laid back funk, pop and blues. Out on double vinyl LP from Vampisoul.
  • Vinyl Double LP (VAMPI157)

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


  • Vinyl 7" (CAT-003)
  • In stock and ready to ship

John Wizards
Muizenberg


  • Vinyl 12" (ZIQ337)
  • £6.49 £3.25 (saving: £3.24)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy

Nath & Martin Brothers
Money


  • Vinyl LP (VFLP004)
  • CD (VFCD004)

Debruit & Alsarah
Aljawal


  • Vinyl LP (SNDWLP052)
  • CD (SNDWCD052)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Jimmy Mawi
Jimmy Mawi


  • Vinyl 10" (SNDW10003)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

Various
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 before now. Includes Bola Johnson and the 6th Infantry Brigade of the Nigerian Army. 2LP or 4x10” set.
  • Vinyl LP box set (NA5046LP)
  • Vinyl Double LP (NA5135LP)
  • Genre(s):
  • African / Asian / Latin / Traditional / World

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