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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.
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  • CD (CST133CD)

Manu Dibango
Electric Africa

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Mulatu Astatke
Afro Latin Soul Vol. 2

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Panama! 2 (Latin Sounds, Cumbia, Tropical & Calypso Funk On the Isthmus 1967-77)

This 2009 compilation does one thing, and it does it very well. It introduces listeners to some of Panama’s fantastic music, much of it virtually unknown elsewhere. With much of the material sourced from 45’s in radio station basements, Panama! 2 is the best way to hear these rich groovy blends of calypso, cumbia and Latin musics. Reissued by Soundway.
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Heads Records - South African Disco-Dub Edits

Ever travelling into the musical terrain of the Southern Hemisphere, Soundway have this time raided the vaults of South African label Heads. The label's star shone briefly but brightly between 1982 and 1984 and released some 20 or so 12" singles and LPs before closing its doors. The label mixed disco with bubblegum pop, aimed at the nation's black population. This 4-track 12" EP of disco dub is the smaller sibling to the recent Gumba Fire compilation. Includes songs from William & The Young Five, Manyane, Adaye and Starlight.
  • Vinyl 12" (SNDW12028)

Haruomi Hosono
Paraiso

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Haruomi Hosono
Philharmony

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AMMAR 808
Maghreb United

AMMAR 808 is a fantastic proposition: North African music pulled through the vortex of a Tunisian producer with his eye on the bass bins. Maghreb United has a range of excellent singers from Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia sitting at the centre of an ecstatic whirl of traditional instrumentation, distorted treatments, and big booming bass and drum patterns. Brilliant, energetic stuff, out on the Glitterbeat label.
  • Vinyl LP (GBLP060)
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Sputnik
Edits From The Sputnik Quadrant

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Tony Allen / Motor City Drum Ensemble
Dekmantel 10 Years 10.2

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Shadow
Sweet Sweet Dreams

A 1984 LP created in Trinidad and Tobago, Sweet Sweet Dreams is the synth-riddled reggae/soca project of Winston Bailey, also known as Shadow. The clever blend of genres on this record make it a mesmerising 80s time capsule, with hazy synth noodlings and hypnotic reggae beats providing a backdrop to Bailey and his backing singers' distinguished calypsonian vocals. Released as Vinyl LP on the Jamwax label.
  • Vinyl LP (AALP082)

Shina Williams & His African Percussionists
African Dances

Despite the slew of compilations and reissues of music from 70s and 80s Lagos in the recent years, relatively little attention has been given to Shina Williams. The Nigerian band leader was one of the finest exponents of the funky Lagos style that fused Afrobeat, reggae, disco, highlife and more. There are few instances where his sound is in fuller effect than African Dances. One of these three lengthy dancefloor smashes is the crucial ‘Agboju Logun’.
  • Vinyl LP (MRBLP168)
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Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar
Raga Yaman (Rudra Veena // Seattle // 15 March 1986)

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Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar
Ragas Abhogi & Vardhani (Rudra Veena // Seattle // 9 March 1986)

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Mothers' Garden (The Funky Sounds Of Female Africa 1975 - 1984)

Africa Seven - the label behind the Africa Airways series - drop another nice collection of old grooves. These tracks are all by artists who identify as female, a gender which has been woefully under-represented in the African 70s/80s reissue explosion of the past decade or so. Hopefully compilations Mothers’ Garden this will start to redress the balance. Contains tunes from Miriam Makeba and Letta Mbulu, among others.
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Various
Absence

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Professor Rhythm
Professor 3

Reissue of classic Professor Rhythm album first released in 1991. This album was released around the time hip-hop and house were starting to have an influence in South Africa, while still retaining much of the mbaqanga and bubblegum sounds that had been popular before. Released by the uh.. Awesome Tapes from Africa.
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Orchestre Tout Puissant Marcel Duchamp
Sauvage Formes

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Christy Essien
One Understanding

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African Scream Contest 2

When the first of Analog Africa’s African Scream Contest compilations dropped in 2008, it shone a light on the sound of Benin, a nation whose music doesn’t always get the recognition it deserves. Fast-forward a decade and the second instalment in the series is about to do that all over again. Compiled by crate-digger Samy Ben Rejeb, the compilation consists of tracks cut in the two decades after Benin achieved independence in 1960. While bearing the influence of the highlife, Lagos funk and Afrobeat explosions taking place across the border in Nigeria, there are plenty of outliers here - the slippery jazz-funk of ‘Asaw Fofor’ by Ignace De Souza & The Melody Aces and the poly-workout by Lokonon Andre et Les Volcans, to name but two. Fantastic artwork as well.
  • Vinyl Double LP (AALP086)

Samba Touré
Wande

The third LP from Malian guitarist and songwriter Samba Toure finds him streamlining his sound. Wande largely eschews the high-energy call-and-response desert blues of his previous work for a taut, funky synthesis of Sahel sounds and Western rock tropes. The likes of ‘Yerfara’ feature strutting grooves that contain as much Jimi Hendrix as Ali Farka Toure.
  • Vinyl LP (GBLP059)
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Fantasma
Free Love

Available as double 12” LP from Soundway. South Africa seems to be full of forward thinking music producers at the moment and Fantasma is the latest from Spoek Mathambo. Working with DJ Spoko Free Love is a melding of hip hop, shangaan electro, and Zulu Maskandi music. Definitely check out for a hip hop paced version of Tshetsha Boys or M.I.A.  
  • Vinyl Double LP (SNDWLP070)
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Kitsos Harisiadis
Lament In A Deep Style 1929 - 1931

Jack White has been tunnelling in the archives again… this time he’s come out with some amazing deep rarities from Greek folk musician and clarinetist Kitsos Harisiadis, all recorded in the period 1929 to 1931. Lament In A Deep Style feels like sacred devotional music, such is the power of Kitsos’s remarkable clarinet runs. CD and LP release on Third Man.
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Disques Debs International Volume 1

Disques Debs is a Guadeloupean label that has run from the 1950’s to the present day: this new Strut compilation, volume one in a proposed series, focuses its attentions on the period 1960 to 1972 and is brimming over with beautiful Carribean big bands, bolero and biguine; and that's just for starters. High grade archival compilation on CD and LP, presented alongside excellent liner notes and photography.
  • Vinyl Double LP (STRUT187LP)
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Bombino
Deran

With admirers including Stevie Wonder and Robert Plant, the Niger guitarist Bombino clearly has some serious chops. His pioneering ‘Tuareggae’ sound remains in good nick on his latest LP, and his wide travels and range of influences lead to plenty of unusual songwriting choices on Deran. Case in point - lead single ‘Tehigren’, a track that turns on a sixpence from rock-reggae bounce to nimble desert-blues.
  • Vinyl LP (PTKF2154-1)
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Bayo Damazio
Listen To The Music

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Turkish Ladies

An awesome and very special record courtesy of Sony Music Turkey and Ladies on Records, celebrating Turkish women singers from the 70s and 80s. You'll hear a gloriously diverse range of music here, with sweet melodies, eccentric synths and bewitching arabesque strings underpinning classical Türk Sanat, Argentinian tango, Spanish flamenco, Egyptian classical orchestras and traditional folk songs. A real gem. 
  • CD (19075802552)

Malphino
Visit Malphino

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Gboyega Adelaja
Colourful Environment

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Antonio Sanches
Buli Povo!


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Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba
Ba Power

Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni Ba team up once again for a wonderful collection of blazing jams, louder and more willing to lean into distortion than ever before. Kouyate leads with his ngoni, and the band follow him with loose-but-tight afro-rock grooves. Jon Hassell and Chris Brokaw are the Western guests making appearances, but the African guests are where it is really at. Ba Power is out on Glitterbeat.
  • CD (GBCD023)
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Chrissy Zebby Tembo & Ngozi Family
My Ancestors

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Susheela Raman
Ghost Gamelan

British-Tamil Susheela Raman’s seventh album Ghost Gamelan finds her and regular collaborator Sam Mills among Javanese gamelan composer Gondrong Gunarto and his ensemble of players. Raman is known for her adventurous projects and this one is a really bewitching collection of leftfield pop, making exceptional use of Mills’ guitar, Raman’s vocal techniques and indeed the sumptuous harmonics and melodics of a gamelan orchestra.
  • CD (NJ628711)

Ragnar Johnson
Crying Bamboos: Ceremonial Flute Music from New Guinea: Madang

Next on Stephen O’Malley’s Ideologic Organ label is a reissue of this fine set of recordings from New Guinea, captured in the field by Ragnar Johnson. If Crying Bamboos: Ceremonial Flute Music From New Guinea: Madang sounds oddly familiar, that might just be because parts of it were sampled on Bjork’s recent Utopia album! Clear and beautiful flute recordings to really listen to. Double LP and double CD editions.
  • CD (SOMA030CD)

Okawa & The Rulers
Oshirononakade

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Konkere Beats
Yoruba! Songs & Rhythms For The Yoruba Gods In Nigeria

The latest epic from Soul Jazz, Yoruba! Songs & Rhythms For The Yoruba Gods In Nigeria was newly recorded in Lagos, Nigeria by Konkere Beats. The record sees an assemblage of master drummers and singers performing polyrhythms; a heap of percussion -- Dundun Bata drums -- and deeply spiritual, sacred songs honouring traditional and ancient Yoruba gods. Complete with a 40-page booklet / gatefold 2LP vinyl set with extensive text and photos on the inners. 
  • Vinyl Double LP (SJRLP399)
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Congo Revolution: Afro-Latin, Jazz And Funk Evolutionary And Revolutionary Sounds From The Two Congos


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Alain Peters
Rest' La Maloya

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I’m Not Here To Hunt Rabbits

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Demon Fuzz
I Put A Spell On You

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Rikki Ililonga
Sunshine Love

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Various
Spiritual Jazz 5: The World

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Various
Ethiopiques Box 7" Vol. 2

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Meridian Brothers
El Advenimiento del Castillo Mujer

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Psych-Funk 101 (1968-1975)

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Charly Kingson
Born In Africa

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Various
Surinam Funk Force 45'Sampler

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Fela Kuti
Na Poi

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Fela Kuti
Roforofo Fight

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Buena Vista Social Club
Buena Vista Social Club

The phenomenal success of Buena Vista Social Club could not have been predicted. A collection of Cuban musicians including Compay Segundo, Ibrahim Ferrer and Ruben Gonzalez were put together by three people to play traditional Cuban music. The most famous of those three people was Ry Cooder who, along with his Latin percussionist son, play on the album. Love for the album grew outwards slowly, beginning with a handful of delighted music critics. This album sparked a wider interest in Latin and world music in general, and initial interest culminated in Wim Wenders making a film about the group. Double vinyl LP and CD on World Circuit.
  • Vinyl Double LP (0075597951684)

Mark Ernestus presents Jeri-Jeri with Mbene Diatta Seck
Xale

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Tsvia Abarbanel
Eastern Soul

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

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Marcos Valle
Marcos Valle

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Tala A.M.
African Funk Experimentals 1975 to 1978

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Ginger Johnson and His African Messengers
African Party

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Pat Thomas Introduces Marijata
Pat Thomas Introduces Marijata


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Pasteur Lappe
We, The People

Pasteur Lappe is a prime exponent of the Sekele sound in Cameroon through the seventies and eighties. He really and truly has it going on, as even a cursory listen to his 1979 debut album will prove: this music positively sizzles with funk, swing, and muscular groove fun. A wonderful record, put into proper circulation by the Africa Seven label.
  • Vinyl LP (ASVN027)

Altin Gun
On

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Volcano / The Beat Gangsters
Vanonyana Lava / Chappies (Reluctant Mix)

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Ebo Taylor
Yen Ara

At 82, you could forgive Ebo Taylor for taking it easy. After six decades in the game, he has nothing left to prove - a contemporary of Fela Kuti, an artist who has worked with the likes of Pat Thomas and one of the most celebrated musicians of post-independence Ghana. All of this leads us to one conclusion - he’s made his new LP Yen Ara because he still loves what he’s doing. One spin of tracks like the uproariously funky ‘Mumudey Mumudey’ proves this beyond dispute.
  • Vinyl LP (MRBLP155)
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Mubashira Mataali Group
Mubashira Mataali Group

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Burnier & Cartier
Burnier & Cartier

Brazil, 1974. Burnier & Cartier release this self-titled suite of super-fly boogie-jazz and disco-soul. Many have loved this music since then, but relatively few have owned it, due to low print runs and high prices. Thankfully Brighton’s Mr Bongo have stepped in with the reissue duties, allowing everybody to groove to this Brazilian wonder. LP with a replica of the original artwork.
  • Vinyl LP (MRBLP153)

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Legends of Benin

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J. M. Tim & Foty
African Funk Experimentals (1977-1979)

J. M. Tim & Foty were a creative duo based from Cameroon working on funk and disco. This LP on Africa Seven presents just two years of that hard work. And if you need a seal of approval just know that god like genius Missy Elliot has sampled one of these tracks. So what are you waiting for?
  • Vinyl LP (ASVN058)

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Panama! 3

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Ali Farka Toure
The Source - Special Edition

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Baloji
137 Avenue Kaniama

Congolese artist Baloji works as a sort of stylistic lightning rod on his latest LP. Bringing together pop stylings from all over Africa - he even goes so far as to jack the instrumental of Dur Dur’s mighty ‘Dooyo’ for lead single ‘Soleil De Volt’ - Baloji turns 137 Avenue Kanaima into a celebration of Pan-Africanism and continental resilience, all married to a disco beat.
  • CD (BELLA709CD)

Sidi Touré
Toubalbero

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Félix Blume
Death In Haiti: Funeral Brass Bands & Sounds from Port Au Prince

Felix Blume is the sound-artist credited with Death In Haiti: Funeral Brass Bands & Sounds from Port Au Prince, but what he has really done is provided a window through which the people of Haiti can shine. Funerals, funeral processions and church services are condensed into a rich and powerful sound picture of these traditions. Masterfull presented on vinyl by Discrepant.
  • Vinyl LP (CREP51)

DJ Katapila
Aroo

Ghana’s DJ Katapila returns to Awesome Tapes From Africa for this EP of funky pan-African party music. In Katapila’s own words, these four tracks follow a simple equation for dancefloor success - “Francophone rhythms plus techno equals hot and danceable”. Amen. The likes of the title track and ‘African Techno’ reap the rewards of his formula.
  • Vinyl 12" (ATFA023LP)

Tim Maia
Disco Club

The public’s seemingly unquenchable desire for Brazilian sounds has led to the unearthing of another long-lost treasure. Tim Maia is something of a legend in his home country, producing endless wedges of Brazilian soul between 1970 and his death in 1998. His eighth LP pits his powerful baritone yip against muscular funk and disco grooves. Though reissued once in 1991, this is the first time Disco Club has resurfaced with the original track titles (they were changed for the 1991 pressing).
  • Vinyl LP (MRBLP156)

The Mauskovic Dance Band
Down In The Basement

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Brownswood 10 Versions

Tenth birthday release from the Brownswood label, who have decided to celebrate the occasion with ten key cover versions from their quality roster. Represented here are the likes of Mala, Giles Peterson and his Havana Cultura Band and Owiny Sigoma Band, reinterpreting music by Can, Art Blakey, Sun Ra and other heavyweights. Double LP release on Brownswood Recordings.
  • Vinyl Double LP (BWOOD159LP)

Arp Frique
Nos Magia

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Gumba Fire: Bubblegum Soul & Synth Boogie In 1980s South Africa

Hey, who fancies a chunky bagful of rare South-African bubblegum disco-soul from the 1980’s? That’s right, everyone does. Gumba Fire is a curatorial collaboration between Miles Cleret and DJ Okapi, and between them they’ve picked out some real dancefloor stormers. CD and triple LP editions available, from Soundway.
  • Vinyl Triple LP (SNDWLP124)
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Hailu Mergia
Lala Belu

This is Hailu Mergia’s first LP since the upswing in interest in his music over the past half-decade. The revival is down in large part to the re-release job Awesome Tapes From Africa have done on some of his old records, and as such it’s fitting that Lala Belu should surface on the label. Backed by Tony Buck and Mike Majkowski, the music of Lala Belu is a knotted, swaying hybrid of American and Ethiopian jazz stylings.
  • CD (ATFA028CD)

Park Jiha
Communion

Having gained recognition as a member of the Korean neo-traditionalist duo [su:m], Park Jiha broadens her already rich musical vocabulary on her debut solo album. Composing for instruments like the hammered dulcimer and piri (a double-reeded bamboo flute), Park and her ensemble create a quietly intoxicating blend of sounds that skirts between native Korean styles, minimalism, free jazz and contemporary classical composition. To Western ears there are oblique references to Steve Reich and Sarah Neufeld.
  • CD (GBCD057)

Bonga
Angola 74

This ten track release from Bonga is entitled Angola 74. A combination of 'must have' African music and available, for the first time, alongside it's sister record (Angola 72), on reissued vinyl LP on Lusafrica. Both records come paired with their original artwork as they were in 1972 and 1974. A must have for avid collectors. 
  • Vinyl LP (762591)
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Bonga
Angola 72

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Seun Kuti & Egypt 80
Black Times

Seun Kuti is slowly maturing under the wings of the Egypt 80 orchestra he inherited from old man Fela. Carrying his dad’s political feathers, he’s made Black Times a conscious and global effort, filled with long songs, soulful solos, engaged lyrics, and afrobeat rhythms that you can not sit still to.
  • Vinyl Double LP (STRUT163LP)
  • CD (STRUT163CD)

Tal National
Tantabara

With one of Niger’s most popular bands going global in 2013 after Fat Cat released their excellent Kaani, Tal National look to grow their globalising fan base with their third LP Tantabara. It’s another whirlwind mix of Desert Blues, West African funk and polyrhythmic rock that is sure to soundtrack parties in ever-further-flung corners of the world.
  • CD (FATCD149)

Tony Allen & Afrobeat 2000
N.E.P.A

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Tony Allen
Black Voices

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Ziskakan
Pei Bato Fou

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Senyaka
Bayanyonyoba

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Fela Kuti
Alagbon Close

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Imarhan
Temet

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Otto Sidharta
Indonesian Electronic Music 1979-1992

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Otto Sidharta
Four Indonesian Electronic Pieces 1979-1984

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Camarão
The Imaginary Soundtrack to a Brazilian Western Movie

Camarão is considered one of the finest accordion players ever to come out of Northeastern Brazil, and his marvellous The Imaginary Soundtrack to a Brazilian Western Movie is a great, playful suite of groovy music, drawing up an alternate universe of baiao-inflected cowboy accompaniments. Reissued to CD and vinyl by Analog Africa.
  • Vinyl LP (AALP085)
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Maalem Mahmoud Gania
Colours Of The Night

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