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Sun Ra and His Intergalactic Myth Science Solar Arkestra
Sleeping Beauty


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

“Without Tony Allen, there would be no Afrobeat”. So proclaimed the King of Afrobeat himself, Fela Kuti. Allen is often lauded as the best drummer in the world and N.E.P.A by Tony Allen & Afrobeat 2000 is a fine example of why - rhythmical Afrobeat joyously rings out with Allen’s drums being a constant and prominent force in the mix. Here is a reissue of the 1984 album which contains one track previously unavailable on vinyl; “Olokun”.   

Tony Allen
Black Voices

Tony Allen was the drummer with legendary Nigerian Afrobeat artist Fela Kuti. Over four tracks on Black Voices, Allen plays some beguiling rhythms and serious grooves. The album was produced by Doctor L. It includes the track Asiko which was sampled by J Dilla for Common’s track Hot Shit. Remastered LP on Kindred Spirits.

Tony Allen and The Afro Messengers
No Discrimination


Tony Allen Plays With Afrika 70
Progress


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Tony Allen Plays With Afrika 70
Jealousy


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Super Djata De Bamako
Vol. 2 Blue


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Tony Allen Plays With Afrika 70
No Accommodation For Lagos


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Togo All Stars
Way Out of Sadness / Ekue

Two tracks from the Togo All Stars here, a big band comprised of some of the country’s greatest musicians. Both Way Out Of Sadness and Ekue are tight, afro-funky wonders, impassioned vocals and synchronised brass flaring up over gorgeous rhythm backing. At last, some attention paid to some underappreciated music. 12” on Kindred Spirits.
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Sun Ra
Paris Tapes

Fantastic live LP of the Sun Ra Arkestra (here deemed the Mythic Science Arkestra), in total prime mode circa 1971. The Paris Tapes feature a ton of percussion and a fair amount of wild keyboard extravaganza, not to mention the expected brass thrills. Repressed LP on Kindred Spirits, with new liner notes and photography.
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Woima Collective
Frou Frou Roko

Crossing all the borders with the Woima Collective. Frou Frou Roko is the next release from these groove-a-philes. They have continued their journey through the African continent and have put together a record of afrobeat, afro-funk and African inspired tunes for you to get on down to. Out on CD from Kindred Spirits.
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Le Kene-Star De Sikasso
Hodi Hu Yenyan

Another great Reissue from Mali and already the 5th installement of the Mali Kunkan label on Kindred Spirits. Completely restored artwork and remastered sounds. This deluxe version comes in a heavyweight sleeve and pressed on 180 gr vinyl. Only 500 copies! In 1977, seven years after the first wave of modern regional orchestras, the Mali Kunkan record label released another batch of classic recordings from Mali’s best regional orchestras. Super Biton National de Ségou, National Badema, Mystère Jazz de Tombouctou, Kanaga de Mopti, Bida de la Capitale, Sidi Yassa de Kayes and Kéné Star de Sikasso were each given the chance to release a collection of their own recordings. It was first led by drummer Baba Barry, before guitar player Madou ‘Guitare’ Sangaré took over when the orchestra changed its name to Kéné Star de Sikasso, and left behind the old Orchestre Régional moniker as the decade rolled on. Under the Kéné Star de Sikasso’s name, the band released one eponymous LP in 1977 on the fabled Mali Kunkan collection. Opening this record, Hodi Yu Yenyan is the Kéné Star flagship song, with the electric organ and the guitars twirling together. Sung in senufo by François Ballo, it served to introduce the band’s musical aesthetics while extoling the virtues of the senufo culture, a language seldom recorded in Malian popular music of that time. The natural strength and wellness of this region is displayed on the second number, Kenedougou Fanga, sung by the band’s three singers Mamadou Diakité, Mamadou Touré, Cheick Sadibou Diabaté. One of Mali’s most beautiful songs from the decade, Fitiriwale  ( an act of betrayal" ) saw them again teaming up for an exercise in mellowness. Madou’s guitar swirls effortlessly around the melody, backed up by some droning electric organ. This song talks about weddings, with the lyrics  "nowadays marriage doesn’t mean anything", advising that one has to look for a strong wedding and not for trivial pursuits. Hypnotic and intense, another moral fable takes up the whole of side B.

L’Orchestre Sidi Yassa De Kayes
L’Orchestre Sidi Yassa De Kayes

The new installment of the Kindred Spirits Mali serie! The deluxe versions comes in a heavy weight ‘old style’ tip-on card sleeve and pressed on 180 gr vinyl. Only 500 copies! In 1977, seven years after the first wave of modern regional orchestras, the Mali Kunkan record label released another batch of classic recordings from Mali’s best regional orchestras. Super Biton National de Ségou, National Badema, Mystère Jazz de Tombouctou, Kanaga de Mopti, Bida de la Capitale, Sidi Yassa de Kayes and Kéné Star de Sikasso were each given the chance to release a collection of their own recordings. After the 1960 independence, the Orchestre Régional de Kayes was started in order to reinvigorate the local cultures from the Mandé and the Kasso regions and turn some traditional themes into modern songs. Under the guidance of bandleader Harouna Barry, they evolve as one of Mali’s finest orchestras. In the early 1970s, like most modern bands of Mali, the orchestra evolved into the Sidi Yassa de Kayes, named after Sidi Yassa, a late great singer. In 1977, they release one eponymous LP in 1977 on the legendary Mali Kunkan collection. In the early 1970s, like most modern bands of Mali, the orchestra evolved into the Sidi Yassa de Kayes, named after Sidi Yassa, a late great singer. In 1977, they release one eponymous LP in 1977 on the legendary Mali Kunkan collection. The album opens up with Sidi Yassa. On that song, the call and response interplay is transcendent, just like the great percussion work and the very soft guitar licks. There is an almost psychedelic groove to that track sung in sarakolé in a typical praise song manner. Penda is sung by Jean Bitar, one of the better Sidi Yassa singers. Of Lebanese origins, Bitar was the only orchestra member to have a solo career on his own at his peak during the 1980s. In the same vein, Were wereni is another conservative and moralistic song. A woman who looks up too much to the western influences will do wrong.Sèbè tè Moyola  ( "there is no seriousness in the human being" ) is sung in the typical donso praise songs vein, with fast delivery and quick words. This style can only be used to praise some particular hunters. The vibrant Lali is sung in malinké. This classic song talks about the weight of tradition when a virgin girl is supposed to please her husband on her first wedding night. Electric guitar and percussions clash in the middle of the night as the tale goes on. It flies above other regional productions from the same era. It is the last track ever officially released by the Sidi Yassa de Kayes, who nonetheless got the chance to record numerous other songs at the tiny Radio Bamako studio.

African Brothers Band
Tribute To D.K.


Adrian Younge Presents Venice Dawn
Turn Down The Sound / 1969 Organ


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Arthur Verocai
Arthur Verocai

Well for once, the press release -- "one of the greatest albums ever made" -- sounds less like the usual over-enthusiastic blurb (hyperbole) and more in keeping with widely-held muso opinion. Arthur Verocai's self-titled solo record was a masterpiece produced, directed and created by the self-taught musician. Original copies of the 1972 classic recorded in Rio de Janeiro now fetch a heck of a lot of £££'s so here is a repress of the 2012 re-master supervised by the maestro Verocai himself. Truly music that transcends genre. Comes packaged in replica gatefold with artwork true to the original. On Mr Bongo records.
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Orchestre Régional De Mopti
Kanaga De Mopti


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Sun Ra & His Solar Arkestra
On Jupiter


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Salah Ragab & The Cairo Jazz Band
Egyptian Jazz


Jackson Conti (Madlib & Mamao)
Sujinho


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