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  • Music from Gabon can be hard to come by outside of the Central African country’s borders, and even in Gabon, it’s been tough to track down Papé Nziengui’s late ‘80s, postmodern masterpiece Kadi Yombo is Gabonese harp music, which is mostly played in sacred Tshogo rituals, mixed with synthesizers, a male voice and female...
  • Tony Allen (1940 - 2020) has long been acknowledged as Africa's finest drummer and one of the continent's most influential musicians Together with Fela Kuti (with whom he played for 15 years) Allen co-created Afrobeat - the hard-driving, horns-rich, funk-infused, politically insurrectionary style which became such a dominant force...
  • Knitting Factory Records reissues Fela Kutis No Agreement on vinyl LP previously only available as part of the Box Set series No Agreement is sometimes overlooked among Felas 1977 releases eclipsed by albums such as JJD Johnny Just Drop and Sorrow Tears and Blood yet it is among his best records of the period It features an...
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    The first time Gentleman has been made available on individual vinyl since its original release in 1973 The father of Afrobeat Fela Kuti pulls no punches with Gentleman, big band groove for days with serious and equally big messages The title track being an opposition to the west, Fefe Naa Efe a tribute to Ghana, and Igbe...
  • Afro7 Records presents Let's Go by The Scorpios Everyone’s favourite Sudanese collective from London is back with another full album! Traditional meets today and everything in-between - future...
  • Sounds and stories celebrating Africa, our nature, nurture and future, a connection of beautiful energy with rest of the...
  • Reissue of composer, guitarist, and later producer, Almon Memela's ultra rare 1975 album, Funky...
  • Second, and long out of print album by South Africa's Roots Remastered from original audio tapes Artwork completely restored by Steve...
  • Strut present the final instalment in their series of reissues of Sun Ra’s historic recordings in Egypt with The Sun Ra Arkestra meets Salah Ragab in Egypt plus the Cairo Jazz Band, originally released on Greek label Praxis in 1983 Salah Ragab first encountered the Arkestra at a concert at the house of Goethe Institut ex-pat...
  • The meaning of “Kanawa” is so simple We see our children trying to cross the ocean all the time I said that many of our children die in the ocean and some of them while crossing the Sahara Some climb over the wires across the borders and they have gotten shot We have asked them not to leave and instead stay home But I ask them...
  • The term Afro-house seems to be getting chukka bout ever more freely and ever less responsibly these days This second volume of Afro Rhythms from Comet France does have some credible and authentic claims on the term though with source material by Afro beat legend Tony Allen amongst others getting some fine remix treatment Ricardo...
  • A classic and essential hi-life and Afro-funk album from one of the greatest Ghanaian singer and composer, reissued for the first time The legendary K Fimpong's fantastic rare album was recorded in 1980 K Frimpong was born on July 22nd, 1939 at Ofoase in the Ashanti Akim district and entered right into music after elementary...
  • Psychedelic mid 70s album from Fela Kuti On the heels of Expensive Shit Fela released He Missed Road Produced by Ginger Baker, the album has a more stripped down sound than earlier material from Fela The call and response vocals are upfront and easy to grasp, and organ solos are featured heavily throughout the record Longtime Fela...
  • Gideon Nxumalo was a key figure during the formative years of South African jazz in the 1950s, helping shape the emerging South African jazz sound as a pianist and composer and contributing to the scene as a radio presenter, music teacher and arranger His recorded output as bandleader/composer is comprised of three iconic albums...
  • Ten more brilliant tracks from 1960’s Sierra Leone by the wildly popular SE Rogie! SE Rogie went from running a tailor shop in Sierra Leone to being one of West Africa's most popular artists He toured around the country with his guitar, singing his palm wine music in multiple local languages, created his own record label, and...
  • Tshona! is an influential collaborative album between pianist Pat Matshikiza, and saxophonist Kippie Moketsi originally released on The Sun label in 1975, also featuring Basil Mannenberg Coetzee We Are Busy Bodies will reissue the album on April 15 as part of its Pat Matshikiza and Kippie Moketsi trilogy of releases The album has...
  • Kamazu's certified floorbanger gets the dope edit treatment from veteran producer, Dimitri from Paris On the flipside you'll find the kwaito gem 'Mjukeit' taken from Kamazu's 1997...
  • Continuing our work on Sao Tomé and Principe with curator DJ Tom B, we are pleased to announce the release of an anthology of the group África Negra This first volume includes 12 of their key tracks, remastered for the occasion and selected only from those officially released on different media A second volume containing only...
  • Originally released on Philips Ethiopia in 1973, this seemingly impossible to find LP is available once again to the lucky humans of the world With a mix of modern and traditional instruments these fourteen songs go through the progression of an Ethiopian Amhara wedding sung in Amharic With the trio of singers, LEMMA G HIWOT,...
  • Formed in 1971, Nass El Ghiwane's five members first performed together as actors under the Moroccan playwright and director Tayeb Seddiki Following their debut performance as a band in Rabat at Seddiki's Mohammed V Theatre, their songs became the 1970s anthems of Moroccan youth -- nationalist, rebellious, experimental and bygone...
  • Assembling unreleased recordings from 1979 and 1980, Shrimp Boats is a South African jazz archival compilation from 1987 built around its epic side-long title track featuring saxophonist Basil "Mannenberg" Coetzee The recording was made during pianist Lionel Pillay's November 1979 session with Coetzee for the As-Shams/The Sun...
  • Kalita unveil the first ever album reissue of one of -- if not the -- strongest South African kwaito/bubblegum albums in existence, Jivaro's 1989 masterpiece Saturday Fever Originally released on Maurice Horwitz's Music Team label at the turn of the decade, the album features various heavy hitting tracks that perfectly encapsulate...
  • "Full album dedicated to Hamid El Shaeri's work on the Egyptian SLAM! label Hamid El Shaeri is the artist behind Habibi Funk's most popular song to date, 'Ayonha', originally re-released in 2017 on the first Habibi Funk Compilation If you were to ask for a defining Habibi Funk track, there are a few that come to mind: from...
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    The Nigerian-British band announces Electricity, a new futuristic Afro-dance album produced by synthpop band Hot ChipThe collaboration between Ibibio Sound Machine and British band Hot Chip was born out of a shared love of artists such as Francis Bebey and Giorgio Moroder, as well as mutual admiration as the two bands regularly...
  • Siti Muharam has the 'Golden Voice' of Zanzibar Following in the pioneering footsteps of her Great Grand-Mother, Siti Binti Saad was no easy choice for Muharam With the guidance of this album's Music Director, Matona’s and a tip-off from Andy Jones (film maker that documented and positively influenced the life and death of Bi...
  • When you think you already know everything that has been done in Cape Verdean music during the last 5 decades you'll get surprised with this one 'Saudade,' a self-released LP from 1984, recorded in a studio in Portugal, with Paulino Vieira in the line-up along with other well-known CV heroes from the '80s such as Chibanga on the...
  • The 'La Rumba De Mi Vida' 2LP compilation displays the full extent to which OK Jazz and its bandleader Franco explored Congolese rumba in the sixties and early seventies Each of the four sides on this double LP presents a different facet of OK Jazz The songs presented on this album justify why Franco was (and still is) regarded as...
  • After revealing his Soul Makossa to the public in 1972, Manu Dibango recorded the same year, a strange and majestic musical beast : Africadelic Following a request of afro-urban sounds dedicated to French TV and radio shows seeking athmospheric background music, Manu Dibango entered Mondiaphone studio, Louis Delacour’s...
  • Tuareg rock from Niger's singer-songwriter Mdou Moctar Tales of anguished love and broken hearts, plus some well known classics Famous for his autotuned studio sessions popular on West African cellphones, here Mdou performs live Recorded on location in Niger, electrifying, distorted and blown out guitar balances with sweet...
  • Mdou Moctar immediately stands out as one of the most innovative artists in contemporary Saharan music His unconventional interpretations of Tuareg guitar and have pushed him to the forefront of a crowded scene Back home, he's celebrated for his original compositions and verbose poetry, an original creator in a genre defined by...
  • On The Corner is releasing Alai K’s debut album, Kila Mara, this February Across the album he combines techno elements and rhythms with percussive styles from Kenya “I want to express the feeling of techno, but bring something new, from somewhere else,” he explains “Drums are spiritual – however they’re...
  • Tinariwen’s breakthrough album originally released in 2004, now remastered and repackaged with a bonus unreleased track, exclusive photos and brand-new liner notes The first vinyl pressing is limited edition indigo vinyl - only 3000 copies worldwide and the download card provides 24-bit WAV Amassakoul features songs from Ibrahim...
  • The 20th Anniversary edition of Tinariwen’s first studio album The Radio Tisdas Sessions has been remastered and repackaged with a bonus unreleased bonus track, exclusive photos and brand-new liner notes The first vinyl pressing is limited edition white vinyl - only 3000 copies worldwide and the download card provides 24- bit...
  • A hearty serving of 19 compositions from the Egyptian King of the Farfisa Organ and pioneer of the Oriental synth, HANY MEHANNA, along with his Celestial Orchestra Exclusively re-mastered from Hany’s personal archives, Souma Records bring a selection of infectious rarities and previously unreleased gems featuring legendary...
  • The Effect Of Heavy Music: Rock Music And Revolution In 70s Zimbabwe Eye Q’s music has never been collated and issued outside of its country of origin Now, as part of the Now-Again Reserve series, their rare singles and even rarer album are presented in full Just as the hippie era came to an end in America, a second 60s was...
  • Originally released in 1976, Ubok Aka Inua is the fifth album by legendary Nigerian saxophonist and band leader, Etubom Rex Williams The album features Psychedelic Shoes and One Woman Is Enough Trouble, both heard on countless funk and soul compilations The album was restored from the original tapes by Noah Mintz and artwork...
  • South Africa is in fact the only country in the whole African continent that has developed a strong jazz tradition Initially influenced by the great American stylists, (Ellington, Gillespie) South Africa gradually developed its own soulful style based on a distinctive taste for melody and a deep sense of groove Masterfully...
  • It's impossible to go wrong with Fela Kuti's work from the 1970s, and LIVE! With Ginger Baker, which features the Afrobeat innovator backed by his powerhouse band Africa '70 and ex-Cream drummer Ginger Baker, is no exception Every cut crackles from beginning to end with its mixture of funk, jazz, and traditional Nigerian music,...
  • By the end of the 1970s, WITCH was a Zambian music institution Active since 1972, they had survived the Zamrock years and left an impressive garage, psych and prog discography in their wake But at the outset of the 1980s, the band was ready to embrace the modern sounds of a new era Undertaking personnel changes and relocating to...
  • By the end of the 1970s, WITCH was a Zambian music institution Active since 1972, they had survived the Zamrock years and left an impressive garage, psych and prog discography in their wake But at the outset of the 1980s, the band was ready to embrace the modern sounds of a new era Undertaking personnel changes and relocating to...
  • Despite notable forays into the global sounds of rock and disco, the local heart and soul of Zambian popular music in the 20th century lies in the Kalindula sound With it’s ceremonial tribal roots on homespun guitars, traditional double bass and percussion, Kalindula evolved into a modern, electric sound over the course of the...
  • Die Kosmischen Kuriere reissue the legendary debut album of the krautrock all-star band from 1974 Produced at Dierks Studios with the collaboration of Dieter Dierks What an amazing improvement in the sound of this 48-year-old recording Remastered from the original analog tapes Released on the original Die Kosmische Kuriere label...
  • The legendary Palm Wine guitarist SE Rogie’s early work Truly beautiful songs from the 1960’s ranging from sweet acoustic solo numbers to blazing full band electric music SE Rogie had a very long & pioneering career in Sierra Leone His songs are some of the most beautiful ever – gentle & lilting timeless melodies One...
  • Maurice Louca is one of the most gifted musicians and composers on Egypt's thriving underground music scene This forthcoming full-length album draws voraciously on Arabic music, psychedelic folk The title Saet El-Hazz is a coded saying in Egypt to refer to a good time and usually implies a great deal of debauchery "When you...
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    Etran de L’Aïr (or “stars of the Aïr region”) welcomes you to Agadez, the capital city of Saharan rock Playing for over 25 years, Etran has emerged as stars of the local wedding circuit Beloved for their dynamic repertoire of hypnotic solos and sun schlazed melodies, Etran stakes out a place for Agadez guitar music Playing...
  • Another impressive compilation from Honest Jons! A great partner to 'London Is The Place For Me' series Marvellous Boy is the West African counterpart of the 1950s Soho scene of our series London Is The Place For Me Calypso, highlife and jazz, brimming over with lust for life, topicality, and extravagant creativity This title...
  • This is part 1 of a 2LP set of vinyl versions of Honest Jon's Something Is Wrong: Vintage Recordings From East Africa CD compilation -- selections from an HMV run of more than 400 78s -- recordings made in Uganda and Kenya from the mid‐1930s to the mid‐1950s Part 1 encompasses this material circa 1938-1946, entitled...
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    Outernational Sounds very proudly Presents The Mallory-Hall Band "Song of Soweto" & "The Last Special" Limited, fully licensed digital and vinyl reissues of two crucial South African sessions led by Charles Mallory and Al Hall, Jnr, featuring Kirk Lightsey, Marshall Royal, Rudolph Johnson, Billy Brooks and more! Essential...

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