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Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band
Obiaa!

Meaning ‘Everybody!’ in Ghanaian, Obiaa! is the sophomore album from Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band. Arriving four years after their energising debut, the double-LP promises an insight into the country’s musical soul, led by the brilliant 72 year old singer Pat Thomas, known as the ‘Golden Voice of Africa’. 

Shina Williams & His African Percussionists
Agboju Logun

Shina Williams dropped Agboju Logun onto the world in 1979, via the African Dances album. Its an extremely sweet piece of Nigerian disco action, swinging and grooving and funking with all the sunlight and muscular energy you could ask for. This vinyl single reissue contains both the original album mix and the special 12” dancefloor mix. On Strut.
  • Vinyl 12" (STRUT154S)
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Tribe
Hometown: Detroit Sessions 1990-2014

Hometown is the first ever compilation to focus on the latter-day recordings of acclaimed Detroit jazz collective Tribe. Released on single CD or double LP, the 10-track set takes rare and unreleased recordings from founder Wendell Harrison’s own studio and the SereNgeti Gallery & Cultural Center from 1990 through to 2014. 
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The Souljazz Orchestra
Chaos Theories

Canadian musical collective The Souljazz Orchestra present their ninth studio album Chaos Theories. Steeped in their regular blend of soul, jazz and funk, the band’s latest effort takes time to address the political upheaval in the western world, masterminded by their leader Pierre Chrètien. 

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Alefa Madagascar - Salegy, Soukous & Soul 1974 - 1984

Throughout the recent glut of reissues and compilations that have focussed on African music from the 70’s and 80’s the country of Madagascar has been strangely absent. Strut Records finally set that right with Alefa Madagascar, a deluxe set that focuses on the salegy, soukous and soul sounds of the island nation. With radio bringing music from neighbouring nations like South Africa and Kenya, and the Discomad label championing the best local talent, the result was a musical style that has the propulsive grooves of other sub-Saharan pop styles while also adding in curious rhythmic and textural flourishes.

Miriam Makeba
Pata Pata

The definitive version of a scandalously overlooked gem of the late Sixties. Meaning “touch touch” in the Xhosa language, Miriam Makeba’s Pata Pata was spearheaded by the Billboard success of its title track as a single in late 1967, and came about through the patronage of legendary singer and activist Harry Belafonte. 

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Disco Not Disco (Leftfield Disco Classics From The New York Underground)

Disco Not Disco is a compilation of leftfield New York underground disco tracks from the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, originally released in 2000. It was compiled by Joey Negro and Sean P.  It became highly influential and original copies are much sought after. Tracks by Yoko Ono, Ian Dury, Dinosaur (Arthur Russell) and Liquid Liquid made this album a gateway into a whole new world for many people.
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Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids
An Angel Fell

The well travelled and long-enduring Pyramids, led by sax man Idris Ackamoor, ready a new record of fantasy-filtered allegory. An Angel Fell is a jazz record in protest of our environmental complacency. Recorded in a week, it's another intense marvel from a group who still managed to release one of our favourite records of its year in We Be All Africans.
  • Vinyl Double LP (STRUT164LP)
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Patrice Rushen
Remind Me - The Classic Elektra Recordings 1976-1984

Superb compilation from Strut here that focuses on disco pioneer Patrice Rushden. Remind Me - The Classic Elektra Recordings 1976-1984 fronts the singles, 12” edits and fan favourites that Rushden cut for Elektra back in the day. Remastered from the original tapes, much of this is bespoke, classy disco straight from the source. Some cracking ballads are scattered across the album too. Remind Me is also a great one to play ‘spot the sample’ with. Contains 'Forget Me Nots'.
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Sun Ra
Singles (The Definitive 45s Collection Vol. 2: 1962-1991)

The second volume of Strut’s compilation of Sun Ra’s many many singles gets a vinyl release. The Definitive 45s Collection includes a huge variety of Ra’s styles: he seemed to view singles (often pressed in very small runs) as opportunities to try things as strange as quasi-disco, spoken word, R&B and more. Three LPs of rare material, accompanied by detailed track-by-track liner notes. On Strut.
  • Vinyl Triple LP (STRUT149LP)
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Nigeria 70: No Wahala: Highlife, Afro-Funk & Juju 1973-1987

Yes. Great news. Strut have been good to us in their two decades as a label, and one of the undisputed highlights of their catalogue is the Nigeria 70 series. As such, it makes perfect sense that Strut should grace us with a new instalment as part of their 20th birthday celebrations. No Wahala: Highlife, Afro-Funk & Juju 1973-1987 is another peerless collection of Lagos boogie tunes. Features Sir Victor Uwaifo, International Brothers Band and Etubom Rex Williams among others.

Nubiyan Twist
Jungle Run

London’s Strut Records bring you the latest from expert Afro-dub jazz collective Nubiyan Twist. Perhaps they too tuned in to CITV in the early 2000s, for it’s named Jungle Run. Recorded and produced with a muscular and sumptuous sound, the album also wafts between hip hop, soul, Latin and atmospheric electronics. Vocal duties are shared by Nubiya Brandon, Nick Richards, K.O.G., Pilo Adami and Mulatu Astatke.

Sir Shina Peters
Sewele

Juju master Sir Shina Peters dropping a bomb of high-energy joy straight from 1986 Lagos. Sewele is being reissued on vinyl for the first time, and features Shina in a transitional period into what would become the hallmark style with His Famous Allstars. Join him on his journey from old school Juju to inventing the classic Afro Juju.

Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids
We Be All Africans

What we have here is something many assumed wouldn’t ever happen: new music from Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids. After getting a reputation among the vinyl heads for their spacey, funky, jazzy 1970’s sound. After a 30 year gap they reformed, and a few years later we have We All Be Africans, as full of gorgeous energetic vibes as ever. On Strut.

Nubiyan Twist
Tell It To Me Slowly

Nubiyan Twist making big moves out here and signing to Strut. The Leeds soul-jazz group celebrate the occasion with the release of new single ‘Tell It To Me Slowly’. The tune, which features a turn from sax player Nick Richards on vocals, is an invigorating mix of Afrobeat-indebted rhythms, jerky electronics and massed brass. Think a more fiery rendering of Archie Pelago or Badbadnotgood. Nubiya Brandon guests on B-side ‘Sugar Cane’.
  • Vinyl 7" (STRUT198S)
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Sun Ra
Singles (The Definitive 45s Collection Vol. 1: 1952-1991)

Definitive collection gets bandied about quite a lot, but this one is undeniably so. Covering the singles from Sun Ra released between 1952 and 1991. All remastered and packaged with rare photos, the original artworks, and session notes track by track. A pretty good way of learning the mysterious and mental ins and outs of the inimitable Sun Ra.

Feeling Kréyol
Las Palé

A rare zouk gem gets reissued by Strut here. Originally cut in 1988, Guadeloupian vocal trio Feeling Kréyol achieved modest domestic success with the title track from Las Palé. However, the album didn’t get them anywhere and now stands as their only release. A recent revival in interest in the record - Motor City Drum Ensemble and Invisible City are among those to have championed Las Palé - has eventually led to the album being given this new lease of life.

Lloyd Miller & The Heliocentrics
(OST)

Lloyd Miller teaming up with The Heliocentrics, eh? Wonder what that’s going to sound like. Oh wait … yep, exactly like that. (OST) finds the hip young jazzers breathing new life into Miller’s East-gazing style. The group’s Sun Ra-indebted modalism proves a good foil for the Middle Eastern/Arabian explorations of Miller. Out via Strut.

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JD Twitch presents Kreaturen der Nacht

JD Twitch of Optimo has been hard at work in the vinyl mines of early eighties Germany, and he’s come up trumps with this collection of rare favourites! Kreaturen der Nacht is a showcase of DIY post-punk music from bands like Leben Und Arbeiten and Welktklang, in some cases in the form of tracks never previously reissued. Presented in remastered form with lots of artist info, interviews and photos. On Strut.
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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.

Oneness of Juju
African Rhythms

Strut have already reissued this 1975 soul-jazz classic from Oneness Of Juju a couple of times, but the latest pressing of African Rhythms comes with a few upgrades. The most notable tweak is the recently-discovered ‘Afrobeat’, taped at the original album sessions but lost to the winds until now. We also get the original 45-rpm version of the title track, remastered versions of all the cuts and an interview with bandleader James ‘Plunky’ Branch in the sleeve.

Mulatu Astatke & His Ethiopian Quintet
Afro Latin Soul Vol. 2

Everyone needs a little Mulatu Astatke to lively up their life: get right to it with this reissue of his 1966 album Afro-Latin Soul Vol. 2, recorded with His Ethiopian Quintet. Astatke’s sound is still young and burgeoning here, but his mixture of Ethiopian-style jazz with Latin rhythms and sounds is a fabulous listen. Remastered and reissued by Strut.
  • Vinyl LP (STRUT157LP)
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Serge Gamesbourg presents Boston Goes Disco!

Underground disco gold….DJ, producer, baseplayer and all round disco-edit don Serge Gamesbourg has had his deep crate-digging/research hat on as of late. After releasing a couple of 12” on Street Edits he got to work discovering the huge wealth of undiscovered disco in his home city of Boston. This compilation brings you tracks from tiny labels and single pressings from the late 70s and early 80s, with most being edits or reworks by Gamesbourg.
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Nigeria 70 Vol 3 – Sweet Times – Afro-Funk, Highlife & Juju from 1970s Lagos

Another installation in Strut’s cracking Nigeria 70 series is always something to get excited about. As with the previous two, Sweet Times – Afro-Funk, Highlife & Juju from 1970s Lagos is another killer set of tunes culled from this most exciting of musical epochs. Strut dig deep here, serving up a baker’s dozen of winning tracks that crossbreed native Nigerian styles with funk, soul, disco and rock. Comes with extensive liner notes from West African Pop Routes author John Collins.

Mulatu Astatke & His Ethiopian Quintet
Afro-Latin Soul

Mulatu Astatke has long and lovingly been called 'Godfather Of Ethio Jazz' and who are we, your humble servants at Norman to disagree? Strut push on with their careful programme of essential jazz reissues to bring us the first official pressings of Astatke's early classics: Afro-Latin Soul (Vols 1 & 2), recordings made with his Ethiopian Quintet and dating from 1966. His initial experiments hurled Ethiopian culture head-on into African-Latin and normative jazz / R&B modes. Here the package is delivered in fully remastered form with expanded liner notes written by Astatke himself. On LP or CD.

Mulatu Astatke
Afro Latin Soul Vol. 2

The resurgent interest in Ethio-jazz trailblazer Mulatu Astatke leads to another reissue. This one is culled from Astatke’s time spent living in New York in the 1960s, one of the most fruitful and groundbreaking periods of his career. On Afro Latin Soul Vol. 2 Astatke and his Ethiopian Quintet fuse their native jazz sound with Latin styles and r ‘n’ b in a manner that set Astatke on his way to some of his most vital and pioneering work. Re-pressed by Strut.

The Beginning Of The End
Funky Nassau

Though the career of 70s band Beginning Of The End ended up being relatively short (they disbanded after their second album), things seemed rosy on the release of their 1971 debut LP Funky Nassau. The eponymous track was a huge hit, selling over a million copies and topping the Billboard R ‘n’ B chart. That song’s ebullient mix of American funk sounds, hi-life guitar and the polyrhythmic grooves of their native Bahamas are carried on through the full-length. Not a million miles away from The Funkees. The CD edition contains both this record and their self-titled follow-up.

Beginning Of The End
Beginning Of The End

Strut reissue the second album from Bahamian group Beginning Of The End here. Though they only made two LPs before splitting, the band nailed down a blend of strutting Philly soul, meaty funk and a disco sound lent extra groove by the polyrhythmic percussion style native to the band’s Caribbean home. The group’s vocalist has a nice throaty yelp reminiscent of Jimi Hendrix.

Sun Ra
Of Abstract Dreams

It’s unlikely that the cosmos boasts many ensembles more hard-working or prolific than Sun Ra’s Arkestra, so it shouldn’t be surprising that quality recordings keep turning up decades after the fact. This release captures a mind-seventies session for Philadelphia’s WXPN FM. Sonny sticking to piano, debuting live favourite I’ll Wait For You, and throwing in the goofy Unmask the Batman among longer and more intense workouts. LP or CD, remastered from the original tapes.

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.

Orchestre Les Mangelepa
Last Band Standing

Orchestre Les Mangelepa is the big band group formed by Congolese musicians residing in Kenya circa the early 70’s. They have deservedly built up a legendary following around Africa, and recently spread their wings to European shores. Last Band Standing is an album of new recordings of their classic material, offering under-informed types like you and me the chance to revel in sound of this lovely band.

Sun Ra
In Some Far Place: Roma ‘77

Sun Ra continues his posthumous musical output this time with In Some Far Place, that place being Rome and the time being 1977. This is the first ever issue of these recordings and comes mastered from the original tapes. Interestingly, rather than going full Arkestra on this LP, here we hear some of Ra’s expertise at the piano with intimate playing of some classic Arkestra tracks and blues numbers. Accompanied only by drums and vocals, this offers an interesting look at the ability and diversity of Sun Ra.  

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Soul Sok Séga – Séga Sounds From Mauritius 1973-1979

Strut Records had a healthy trawl through a collection of records from Mauritius, bringing the sound of Séga music to a wider audience. Apart from initial, often hard to find releases, none of these tracks have ever been reissued outside of Mauritius itself, so Soul Sok Séga is a serious treat, both as a document and as a selection of fantastic grooves.

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Ote Maloya - The Birth Of Electric Maloya In La Réunion 1975-1986

Maloya is the traditional music of Reunion Island, originally practiced by 17th Century slaves but kept alive all through the twentieth century. Ote Maloya - The Birth Of Electric Maloya In La Reunion 1975 - 1986, a compilation put together by La Basse Tropicale, documents the evolution that occurred when Maloya mixed with jazz, psychedelic music and more. CD and double LP editions on Strut.

Pat Thomas
Coming Home

Stunning collection of Ghanaian Big Band music covering Pat Thomas’ huge body of work from 1961 to 1984. Coming Home includes some highlights from his collaborations with The Black Berets and Ebo Taylor, who he formed The Sweet Beans with, and they would then reform as Marijata. The collection tracks his moves around the world bringing the Ghanaian “Highlife” sound with him.

Sun Ra
Marshall Allen Presents Sun Ra And His Arkestra: In Orbit Of Ra

Saturn's best jazz musician and Earth's smartest out-of-space citizen, Sun Ra released an endless slew of records with his various Arkestra incarnations, changing the face of his genre over and over by going down experimental and cosmic avenues and using maddening concepts. 'In The Orbit Of Ra' is a birthday gift to the musician who would have turned a hundred if he'd lived to see it. It's more than just a best of collection, also unearthing unreleased tracks -- both live and studio -- that will be new to even the most avid Sun Ra fan. 'In The Orbit of Ra' is affectionately curated by Marshall Allen, a close companion of the jazz icon and frequently his saxophonist.

Kondi Band
Salone

Kondi Band is Sorie Kondi, playing the kondi thumb piano, with producer DJ Chief Boima. This Sierra Leone / US collaboration resulted in fabulous music, with Boima’s electronic production bringing out the latent techno-pulse within Kondi’s propulsive thumb piano compositions. Salone is a brilliant listen, whatever angle you hear it from. Out on Strut.

Mulatu Astatke
Mulatu of Ethiopia

Mulatu Astatke’s 1972, New York-recorded album Mulatu of Ethiopia is a true classic of Afro-jazz, and an early key step for Mulatu. Various editions are available (CD, LP and triple LP), featuring the original album remastered plus rare photos, an exclusive interview, and on some formats, outtakes and a mono master. Premium reissue on Strut.

Joe King Kologbo & The High Grace
Sugar Daddy

Joe King Kologbo is a Nigerian highlife veteran, contributing his guitar to loads of ensembles over the years. Sugar Daddy is an album he recorded as bandleader of The High Grace in 1980, and it mixes those lovely sunny highlife vibes with bits of disco groove. Great to see this reissued and in circulation again, thanks to Strut.

Sunburst
Ave Africa: The Complete Recordings 1973​-​1976

Sunburst are a premium Tanzanian band, and this release squeezes every last recording they ever made onto 2 discs (of vinyl or of CD, take your pick). They tapped into the Zamrock scene, playing forever-funky music with a sharp political slant. Ave Africa includes their only album along with their singles and a radio session never previously released. Check it. On Strut.

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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.

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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!

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Dance Mania: Ghetto Madness

A lesson in all things electronic, dancing and grooving on Dance Mania: Ghetto Madness. It's a glimpse into the ghetto house scene in Illinois in the '90's, with hot tips from many of the big DJ's and producers who were kickin' it. Gritty, minimal and booty shaking as hell, this one will freak the dance floor out in the best way possible. Out on double vinyl LP and CD from Strut.
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