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Senyawa
Sujud

Who wouldn’t love Senyawa, the duo from Indonesia who combine traditional Indonesian folklore and music with black metal vocals, noise textures, and all manner besides. Sujud is their new record, and features a specially home-built guitar as well as Rully Shabara’s incredible vocals. On Sublime Frequencies.
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Baba Commandant & The Mandingo Band
Siri Ba Kele

Baba Commandant & The Mandingo Band return to Sublime Frequencies (Senyawa, Omar Souleyman) with a superb West African rock record. On Siri Ba Kele the Burkina Faso group fuse psychedelic rock, funk, two-over-three rhythms and droning grooves to potent effect. Commandant’s voice, capable of both gentle coos and arresting shrieks, ties the whole thing together. Anyone who enjoyed the recent LP from Guy One should check this.
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To Catch A Ghost - Field Recordings from Madagascar

Field recordings from Madagascar, recorded, produced and assembled by Charles Brookes. These are the kind of field recordings that have musical performances in them, with in-context documentation of artists including Zara Jean Paul and Gilbert Peramena dit Bera. To Catch A Ghost does a remarkable job of transferring some sense of the qualities of place and performance into your living room.
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Guitars of the Golden Triangle: Folk and Pop Music from Myanmar (Burma) Vol 2

The master of Sublime Frequencies Alan Bishop assembled this compilation of rare vintage Folk and Pop Music from Myanmar in 2005, placing deeply obscure and thoroughly gorgeous golden electric pop music from 70’s and 80’s Myanmar into the hands of modern international listeners. Except the CD has since fallen out of print… But look, a double LP reissue is here! Lovely stuff.
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Charles Duvelle and Hisham Mayet
The Photographs of Charles Duvelle: Disques Ocora and Collection Prophet

Charles Duvelle was a photographer, composer and musicologist, and this comprehensive collection presents two CDs of his field recordings and almost three hundred pages of his field photography, acquired from around the world over a twenty year period. An extremely high-quality collection all round, thanks to Sublime Frequencies.

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Ishq Ke Maare: Sufi Songs from Sindh and Punjab, Pakistan

Arshia Fatima Haq has recorded and selected this fantastic suite of folk musics from Pakistan, demonstrating the devotional songs of the Sufi tradition. Group qawwalis, solo instrumental performances, solo vocal performances and more, all recorded in the field. Vinyl release with insert on Sublime Frequencies.
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Where the Mountains Meet the Sky: Folk Music of Ladakh

Ladakh is a Himalayan region that has been a crucial node in historic trade routes between India and Europe. The area has a folk tradition that now risks extinction, but the sounds and songs of Ladakh have been documented here by Erik Koto and Bill Kite. Where The Mountains Meet The Sky is valuable for that reason, but also as a straightforwardly excellent listen. Out on Sublime Frequencies.
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Kwangkay: Funerary Music Of The Dayak Benuaq Of Borneo

Sublime Frequencies’ latest exploration of a musical culture settles down in Borneo, in the region of the Dayak Benuaq. Kwangkay: Funerary Music Of The Dayak Benauq documents two different performances of a death ritual, plus a gong piece and a brief field recording. Gongs and chants and shimmering rhythms. Recorded by Vincenzo Della Ratta, who also provides liner notes and images. LP on Sublime Frequencies.
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Music Of The Bahnar People From The Central Highlands Of Vietnam

Sublime Frequencies’ latest exploration of a musical culture settles down in the central highlands of Vietnam, in the regions of the Bahnar people. The music compiled here was recorded over the course of a decade, encompassing gong ensembles, bamboo instruments, and various traditional approaches to song and sound. Recorded by Eisuke Yanagisawa, who also provides liner notes and images.
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Burkina Faso : Volume 1

Sublime Frequencies present a three-part series of music from Burkina Faso, recorded on recent field trips. Volume 1 contains two side-filling tracks of balafon (xylophone) music, one from a cabaret performance and the other from a funeral. The music is an incredible pulsating whirl of dancing minimalism: amazing stuff. Edition of 400 LPs.

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Burkina Faso : Volume 2

Sublime Frequencies present a three-part series of music from Burkina Faso, recorded on recent field trips. Volume 2 focuses on stringed instruments and voice, with several artists represented. Regional variations on mouth harps and zithers provide tones little-heard elsewhere, and the performances captured are excellent. Edition of 400 LPs.

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Burkina Faso : Volume 3

Sublime Frequencies present a three-part series of music from Burkina Faso, recorded on recent field trips. Volume 3 presents a number of traditional instruments (including the Donso ngoni harp) as played by several amazing contemporary musicians, including the sterling Fassobolomba ensemble Edition of 400 LPs with liner notes and a map of the country.

Adnan Othman
Bershukor: A Retrospective of Hits By a Malaysian Pop Yeh Yeh Legend

Bershukor: A Retrospective of Hits By a Malaysian Pop Yeh Yeh Legend should hopefully give wider Western recognition to the excellence of Adnan Othman, whose Malay-language psych-pop radiates electrifying energy. 26 tracks from the period 1968-1971, collected alongside a photos-and-biography booklet. Double LP on Sublime Frequencies.
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Cambodian Cassette Archives: Khmer Folk and Pop Music Vol.1

These volumes cover a huge slice of Cambodian music history, the 70s to the 90s to be precise. Harvested from cassettes found in the Californian public library it boasts Cambodian takes on psychedelia, new wave, ballads, rock and disco. Some known artists include Kieng Yuthhan, Darkie, and Sinn Sisamouth, but there are many unknown and uncredited.
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Music of Xinjiang: Kazakh and Uyghur Music of Central Asia

Music of Xinjiang: Kazakh and Uygher Music of Central Asia documents the sonic landscape of the enormous Xinjiang province of China. A range of musical traditions and instruments are represented here, providing vital cultural insight. The LP is packaged with an informative insert of text and photographs. Compiled and released by Sublime Frequencies.
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Robert Millis
Indian Talking Machine: 78rpm Record and Gramophone Collecting on the Sub-Continent

A truly beautiful set here, comprising a 244-page full-colour book on the history of Indian record collecting in the first half of the 20th century, along with 2 CDs of 78rpm recordings from the same period, never previously released on CD. Indian Talking Machine: 78rpm Record and Gramophone Collecting on the Sub-Continent contains amazing music that you quite simply cannot hear anywhere else (unless you are one of the hardcore collectors the project documents).
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Outlier: Recordings From Madagascar

Outlier: Recordings From Madagascar presents the traditional musical culture of the remote African island, music that is not often heard further afield. This compilation shows what a shame that is: artists like Tafara Justin and Taomanana sound, quite simply, beautiful. The LP is packaged with an informative insert of text and photographs. Compiled by Charles Brooks and released by Sublime Frequencies.
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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.
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My Friend Rain


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Baba Commandant and The Mandingo Band
Juguya

Some earthy vibrations from Baba Commandant and The Mandingo Band. Juguya is an eight tracker from this West African group. Full of super funky & psyched-out guitars, Tony Allen inspired drumming, hot bass lines, horns and sincere vocalisations. It's afrofunk & afrobeat from the source. Out on 7" vinyl and CD from Sublime Frequencies.

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Bush Taxi Mali

Travel through the heart of Mali with this field recording taking you on a journey through the hot country which reaches deep into the Sahara desert. Perfect for gingers who love the idea of visiting an African country but who will burn to a crisp five second after arriving there. Flutes, chants, ngosi and Jalimusa Amanita Diabaté make this a real piece of the country.

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Small Path Music (with Laurent Jeanneau)

Nearly an hour’s worth of Laurent Jeanneau hunting down authentic tribal music in northern Laos and Southwest China, Small Path Music is a document of and a tribute to slowly disappearing indigenous music. Filmed over the course of eight months by David Harris, this is a timeless and fascinating documentation.
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Music Of Tanzania

Some more delicious roots on Music Of Tanzania. These are a set of field recordings from the East African country, captured at the turn of the twenty first century. The whole thing has an organic and relaxed feel, almost as if the artists are just playing unaware of the recording equipment documenting their every note. Full of delightful percussion, strings and awe inducing vocals. Out on vinyl double LP from Sublime Frequencies.
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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.
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The Travelling Archive - Folk Music from Bengal: Field Recordings from Bangladesh, India and the Bengali Diaspora

From one of those masters of re-issuing, Sound Frequencies have gathered together a collection of field recordings of Bengali folk music. It’s a wide array of stuff recorded in a wide array of places and it should give an insight into the diversity of Indian folk music. The record comes with all the liner note and photo goodness that you can expect from Sound Frequencies.

Hisham Mayet
Vodoun Gods On The Slave Coast

A look at the Voudon celebrations in Benin, Voudon Gods on the Slave Coast presents this colourful and dramatic ceremony in an expressionistic manner. Once an integral region for the slave trade, this film provides a unique representation of both sacred and secular life in Benin. Out on all-region DVD in digipack featuring 12 page booklet. Limited to 1000 copies on Sublime Frequencies.

Matt Dunning
The Stirring Of A Thousand Bells

Getting to the core of gamelan during times of change, these two short films capture this age old tradition in a modern society. An intense blend of colliding sounds and vivid contrasting images each piece offers a valuable insight into rarely documented themes. Out on DVD in digipack case from Sublime Frequencies.
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A Distant Invitation: Street & Ceremonial Recordings from Burma, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand

We all know the trips that Sublime Frequencies (Alan Bishop of Sun City Girls fame) constantly take us on. Well, you should if you do not. With this far reaching palace of a record (limited, as per) we wander down alleys, fields and go inside the electronics of local radios. Musical Concrete for the never changing sun? Who knows? Asia lets you inside. Please be gentle. Slow down and welcome these fried out Jesse Paul Miller aural experiences. This thing breathes.

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1970's Algerian Proto-Rai Underground

This is a vibrant collection of early Rai music from Algeria, a thrillingly energetic modernisation of Algerian folk music wich developed over the 1960s and '70s,  full of bold trumpet melodies, droning organs, hypnotic polyrhythms and ranting vocals, and even in the case of Cheb Zergui a wah-drenched electric guitar.
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Night Recordings From BALI

This is a collection of field recordings made, as you might glean from the title, in Bali at night-time. Recorded in 1989 and pressed to CD courtesy of the reliable Sublime Frequencies, these recordings mix music (Balinese Gamelan of course, but also local folk musics and theatrical performances) with the buzzing forests and stray dogs of the surrounding environment.

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Radio Niger

Although it’s one of the poorest nations on the planet in terms of the UN’s Human Development Index, Niger has one of the most diverse and richly ornamented cultures on the African continent. The country’s first station, Radio Niger, went on the air in 1958 and was renamed Voix du Sahel in 1974. In 1979, the government established the Broadcasting Corporation of Niger State (BCNS). Today, Radio Niger is where the country’s range of ethnicities, with their disparate customs of language and music, combine to create an astonishingly complex sonic patchwork: Bawdy, drunken sages and storytellers wandering into the studio; local shout-outs to girlfriends and family members; comedy skits juxtaposed with Zarma/Songhai mollo (a regional stringed instrument) and Denke-denke mollo from neighboring Burkina Faso dissolving into Tuareg guitar blues trance. News snippets from RFI and the BBC vie for supremacy with Hausa women's ensembles; Malian Kora collides with Zarma Koranic transmissions; lo-fi cassettes from the marketplace bump up against animist Bori folk dirges and the vapid autotune stylings of modern Nigerian pop. DJs bring an improvisational element to local radio: singing along with tracks live on air; creating live multichannel compositions and avant-collage cutups; and generally preserving the human element that has long since disappeared from corporate western radio. In short, Radio Niger is outlaw radio, broadcast with freedom and spontaneity, and bathed in an arid fidelity that reveals the region’s character and landscape.
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Omar Souleyman
Highway To Hassake- Folk & Pop Sounds Of Syria

We are all privileged enough to be aware of the work of Syrian dabke-king Omar Souleyman by now, but Highway To Hassake - Folk & Pop Sounds Of Syria is still around, representing Souleyman’s debut Western release. Gathered from all manner of cassettes, the material on here is genuine gold. On Sublime Frequencies.

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1970's Algerian Folk and Pop

Some unearthed transmissions on 1970's Algerian Folk and Pop. This compilation is a sonic door into the sounds of Algerian artists from the 70s. They combined traditional middle-eastern sounds and instruments with western pop and rock sensibilities. Full of psychedelia, haunting vocals and swaying grooves. Out on vinyl LP and CD from Sublime Frequencies.
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Ecstatic Music of the Jemaa El Fna

This is a CD of music inspired by the history of performed at Jemaa El Fna (Rendezvous of the Dead) in Morocco. The groups represented on this album; Troupe Majidi, Amal Saha, and Mustapha Mahjoub, are working and carrying the torch of their musical heroes nightly in the square. These songs come from the reportoire of music performed over the years and are given a raw, emotional interpretation. This is a rare opportunity to hear this music performed in such intimate surroundings, this compilation collects music featured in the film Musical Brotherhoods From the Trans-Saharan Highway plus bonus tracks and liner notes.
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Olivia Wyatt
Staring Into The Sun


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Mark Gergis/ Alan Bishop
Sumatran Folk Cinema


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