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Dur-Dur Band
Dur Dur of Somalia - Vol. 1 & Vol. 2

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh damn! Look, if you’ve never heard Dur-Dur before, then stop what you’re doing and fix that this instance. The Somali group were one of the most famous bands in their home country during the 80’s and early 90’s before a c...view item »

Space Echo: The Mystery Behind The Cosmic Sound of Cabo Verde Finally Revealed

The West African island nation of Cabo Verde (Cape Verde) really took a shine to synthesisers when they started becoming available in the 70’s, and Space Echo: The Mysterious Sound of Cabo Verde Finally Revealed documents an array of super-groovy meldings of the synths with the local music. Double L...view item »

Gyedu-Blay Ambolley
Gyedu-Blay Ambolley (Analog Africa Dance Edition No. 9)

Ghana’s Gyedu-Blay Ambolley sees some of his choicest morsels reissued in this new four-track compilation on Analog Africa. In the 60’s and 70’s Ambolley had led Afro-funk groups and played alongside Ebo Taylor in The Stargazers, but the subsequent decade saw h...view item »

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 ...view item »

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 cra...view item »

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 gro...view item »

Hamad Kalkaba
Hamad Kalkaba and The Golden Sounds 1974-1975

Hamad Kalkaba, who later went on to sit as president of the Confederation of African Athletics, recorded some fabulous and lively music in his mid-70’s youth, and here is a good-sized portion of it. Sparkling golden good-time sounds that takes Cameroonian rhythms and slathers them with heady electricity. CD and LP editions...view item »

Bro. Valentino
Stay Up Zimbabwe / Ah Wo (Brand New Revolution)

Yet another fine piece of musical archaeology from Analog Africa here. Bro. Valentino was dubbed ‘The People’s Calypsonian’ in his native Trinidad due to his consistent address of social issues through his music. These two tracks can go toe-to-toe with much of the great political music of the 7...view item »

Los Camaroes
Resurrection Los

Los Camaroes were a band from Cameroon in the 1970’s, plying their extremely funky lovely trade in nightclubs to sold-out crowds. Resurrection Los is their 1979 final album, recorded to two-track tape in f...view item »

Pop Makossa: The Invasive Dance Beat of Cameroon 1976-1984

Please dig this extremely high quality compilation of what happened when disco and funk started to have an influence on Cameroon’s Makossa style. Pop Makossa: The Invasive Dance Beat of Cameroon 1976-1984 is funky, varied and an all-round wonderful listen. Double CD and double LP editions, both accompanied with a useful booklet, r...view item »

Vincent Ahehehinnou
Best Woman

Best Woman is one of those albums that never got released in nearly the quantities it’s high quality warranted. Recorded by Vincent Ahehehinnou of Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou in 1978, Best Woman is a funky afrobeat tour de force, with just four tracks spreading their sweet grooves ov...view item »

Siria – Mestre Cupijo e Seu Ritmo

One great thing that the internet has done for music is to allow small labels to find and re-issue music that (skint) mortals like myself had no chance of hearing before. Analog Africa are one of those labels doing just that and here they have really hit the jackpot. Bought on the strength of the labels previo...view item »

Verckys et L'Orchestre Veve
Congolese Funk, Afrobeat and Psychedelic Rumba 1969-1978

Another superb release from Analog Africa, this time from Verckys et L'Orchestre Veve. Congolese Funk, Afrobeat and Psychedelic Rumba 1969 - 1978 is a great insight into central African grooves, mixing Congolese roots music with the emergent influence of James Brown, Jimi Hendrix and Fela Kuti. Out on Double LP vinyl - ...view item »

Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou
Echos Hypnotique - Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou Vol. 2

The new Orchestre Poly Rythmo set is here, Volume two - 'Echos Hypnotiques' - and as usual it's a passionately compiled collection of Afro Beat, Voodoo rhythms, Afro Funk, Latin & Psychedelia from Benin's finest & most legendary collective. This music is less lo-fi than Vol. 1, 'The Voudon Effect' but loses none of its exciting edge & trance-li...view item »

Legend of Funana (The Forbidden Music of The Cape Verde Islands)

Bitori had spent most of a lifetime developing and performing his sound before he entered a studio for the first time in 1997 to lay down The Legend of Funana. Based in the traditional Cape Verde form but souped up a little for this recording, Bitori’s accordion-led music is super-rhythmic and lot...view item »

Senegal 70: Sonic Gems & Previously Unreleased Recordings From The 70's

This compilation gathers together the cream of the music scene in 1970’s Senegal, where traditional sounds mixed with funk, soul and Cuban music to make a gorgeously slinky blend. Hefty booklets accompany both the CD and the double LP versions, full of useful biographies and beautiful photos. On Analog Africa....view item »

Amara Toure (with Black and white)
Singles Collection 1973-1980

Singles Collection 1973-1980 is a bit of a misnomer for this collection, as this isn’t just a slice of Amara Toure’s work, but rather his entire recorded discography. The quality of material suggests that this is a tragedy, but at least we have these ten tracks of intense and sultry sound. Remastered re...view item »