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Bestselling artists on Ostinato Records this year: Grupo Pilon

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Pour Me A Grog: The Funaná Revolt in 1990s Cabo Verde

'Pour Me A Grog' is a loving examination of funaná, a music based on the gaita (accordion) instrument originating in Cabo Verde in the second half of the 20th century. In the context of colonial rule, it was a heavily policed music, but in the 90s, when the islands held their first democratic elections, the scene’s leading lights were finally let loose in studios. This is a snapshot of that time. 

Grupo Pilon
Leite Quente Funaná de Cabo Verde

Here is a dose of fun: the music of Grupo Pilon, which brings zouk, creole drumming, coladeira from Cape Verde and a little synth-guitar psych from Europe into one wonderful congress together. Leite Quente Funaná de Cabo Verde, named for a hot milk drink, cherry-picks six of the finest items from Grupo Pilon’s three albums, making for an undeniable collection of life and dance.

Abu Obaida Hassan
Abu Obaida Hassan & His Tambour: The Shaigiya Sound of Sudan

Abu Obaida Hassan’s music was discovered by the Ostinato Records label earlier this decade, and they’ve now followed through on their initial fascination to the point that they are now releasing this set of songs hand-picked by the man himself. Hassan’s tambour, double percussion and voices sound is hypnotic, addictive, and extremely dance-friendly. Check it out.

Two Niles to Sing a Melody: The Violins & Synths of Sudan

Oh looky look, here's another of those lush and lavishly presented sets from Ostinato Records: this one is called 'Two Niles to Sing a Melody: The Violins & Synths of Sudan'. From an era in Sudan -- before the 1989 coup which brought a hardline religious government to power -- of diverse cultural riches, music and arts all flourished. This compilation celebrates the golden sound of Khartoum; the capital city's musical history is celebrated across the decades from the '70s to the '90s, when music was made by Sudanese exiles. A fascinating and diverse collection. Triple LP in a gatefold sleeve or on double-cd in a bookcase, both come complete with a very nice illustrated booklet and 20,000-word liner notes.