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Jambú e Os Míticos Sons Da Amazônia

Jambú e Os Míticos Sons Da Amazônia is a compilation that takes a close at the musical output of the Brazilian city of Belém. It's musical output is usually overlooked for that of Brazil's metropolises but here we have the chance to address that. What you'll learn is that the musicians of Belém know how to throw a party. Maybe you'll want to go to one. 
  • Label(s):
  • Analog Africa

Various
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 crate-digger Samy Ben Rejeb, the compilation consists of tracks cut in the two decades after Benin achieved independence in 1960. While bearing the influence of the highlife, Lagos funk and Afrobeat explosions taking place across the border in Nigeria, there are plenty of outliers here - the slippery jazz-funk of ‘Asaw Fofor’ by Ignace De Souza & The Melody Aces and the poly-workout by Lokonon Andre et Les Volcans, to name but two. Fantastic artwork as well.
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  • Analog Africa

Various
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 LP on Analog Africa.
  • Vinyl Double LP (AALP080)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy
  • Label(s):
  • Analog Africa

Orchestre Abass
De Bassari Togo

Analog Africa with yet another fine rare LP here. This one comes courtesy of Orchestre Abass, a West African rock group who scored a couple of hits in the early ‘70s before falling into obscurity. When the Analog Africa boss came across a bunch of old Polygram tapes in an Accra warehouse a few years back he immediately made to check if there was any Orchestre Abass among them. There was, and when he got his hands on super-rare single ‘Honam’ the label’s latest release started to take shape. Thus have we De Bassari Togo, a collection of hot-wired Afrofunk to kick it with the best of them.
  • Vinyl LP (AADE010)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition
  • Indies-only
  • Last copy
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  • Analog Africa

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 civil war put paid to their career. A recent resurgent interest in their work has led to a great Awesome Tapes From Africa reissue, but not much beyond that. However, now Analog Africa have really gone the extra mile to get some more of the band’s finest work out. We mean that literally - AA boss Samy Ben Redjeb flew to Mogadishu to get these tapes. And we’re so glad he did. Dur-Dur were a mighty band, capable of cooking up a totally unique funk sound, and to now have not one but two more of their LPs (and some bonus tracks!) excavated for re-release is a true pleasure. Honestly, just listen to the thing.

Shadow
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 and his backing singers' distinguished calypsonian vocals. Released as Vinyl LP on the Jamwax label.

Camarão
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 groovy music, drawing up an alternate universe of baiao-inflected cowboy accompaniments. Reissued to CD and vinyl by Analog Africa.

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 recordings, out on Analog Africa.

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 on Analog Africa, with an informative booklet.
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  • Analog Africa

Various
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, released by Analog Africa
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  • Analog Africa

Various
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.
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  • Analog Africa

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 - don't sleep on it!

Bitori
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 lots of fun. On Analog Africa.
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  • Analog Africa