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  • Behind Oakland CA-based ensemble Orchestra GOLD’s original sound is a decade-long story of knowledge, respect, and collaboration between Mariam Diakite of Mali and Erich Huffaker of Oakland Blending the traditions of Mali and American Rock/Funk with a retro feel, OG represents a world of powerful cross-cultural experience...
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    Mystical, minimal house offering hailing from South Africa in the mid-2000s courtesy of Cape Town indie labels Sharp-Flat and Roastin' Records RockArt was a hybrid-electro performance art project that emerged during a golden age for electronic music in the Cape, the post-Y2K scene spurred by the maverick African Dope record...
  • VOLUME ONE of the previously released 5LP boxset "On the heels of his already critically acclaimed (yes, already!) forthcoming retrospective, World Spirituality Classics 3: The Muslim Highlife of Alhaji Waziri Oshomah, Alhaji Waziri Oshomah — the Oyoyo King, the Godfather of Afemai Music, the Etsako Super Star, Mr Please Please...
  • Alongside the likes of As-Shams recording artists Pat Matshikiza and Tete Mbambisa, Lionel Pillay was one of the legendary pianists to emerge during the golden age of South Africa jazz in the 1960s A sideman to and friend of Winston Mankunku Ngozi, Pillay appears on the most lauded historic recording from this era – the Mankunku...
  • Following the April 2022 reissue of the album Shrimp Boats, We Are Busy Bodies presents companion titles Plum and Cherry and Deeper in Black to round out a Lionel Pillay and Basil Mannenberg Coetzee “trilogy” as part of the label’s As-Shams South African jazz archive series The connection between these three albums is tight...
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    Strut present the definitive vinyl edition of 'Nigeria 70' First released in 2001, the collection inspired a new generation of labels and releases into Afro funk and Afro jazz fusions and helped to introduce the 1970s Lagos scene beyond Fela Kuti's catalogue for a legion of soul, funk and dance music enthusiasts "an essential...
  • THE FRIIMEN MUZIK COMPANY (also known as FRIIMEN) was formed after the Biafran war in 1973-1974 in the town of ABA in the eastern part of Nigeria Aba was the Number 1 Music Hub in the entire Eastern Region of Nigeria While bands and artists like ‘Ofege’ and ‘Fela Kuti’ ruled the LAGOS scene, bands like ‘Friimen’ and...
  • Official reissue, originally released in 1978 on the Blackspot label (DECCA's West Africa division) Tunde Mabadu's ultra-rare debut album, Bisu, which includes the super groovy "Red Jeans", differs from the later 1980 Viva Disco album by a much more pure African style A beautiful and soulful production in which Tunde's deep voice...
  • ‘Afrodisiac’ is the fifth in the series of celebratory Fela 50th Anniversary reissues Like its predecessors in the series, this double LP edition is on color vinyl; the A/B side is green marble and C/D side is o‘Afrodisiac’ is the fifth in the series of celebratory Fela 50th Anniversary reissues Like its predecessors in...
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    Teno Afrika’s 2020 debut "Amapiano Selections" drew an international wave of support sparked by the producer’s deftly minimal take on the emergent style Amapiano combines the South African predilection for deep house alongside a melange of endemic influences like kwaito, jazz and gqom The 22-year-old’s new crop of songs...
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    Compiling a trilogy of full-length gqom releases from Nyege Nyege sublabel Hakuna Kulala, 'The Gqom Trilogy’ features a trio of albums from DJ Scriby, MaRiiO and Dj Skothan DJ Scriby’s "Izingoma zeGqomu" is the debut album from a 25-year-old who has been an important part of Durban's gqom scene since 2013, plotting a course...
  • Near 50 year first reissue of obscure Cape Jazz heat by one of South Africa’s brilliant units; practically unavailable until now, and sure to find shelf space next to your Horace Tapscott and Ndiko Xaba & The Natives sides“‘Die-hard fans of South African jazz speak about The Jazz Clan in hushed tones One of the dozens of...
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    Originally released in 2002, Comet is proud to present the legendary album Homecooking, reissued with a remastered version Tony Allen talks about the album: “After Black Voices and Psyco on Da Bus albums, I came back with HomeCooking which was an album filled with guests I brought in Ty, who had remixed some of my work...
  • APP Accumulation of Profit & Power The very essence of capitalism that sells, destroys and enslaves everything in its path, leaving behind only ruins exploited to the last grain of sand that can be converted into a bank note Denounced and fought for decades by Fela and his warrior afrobeat, the evil has never ceased to spread...
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    Infectious South African House-infused Pop record from 1991 drawing on influences from some of the greats in the genre Small’s, “Don’t Leave Me In The Rain” is an under-the-radar grail for all those seeking good time House music for the feel-good slot at any party For all those that enjoyed the releases, we put out from...
  • After a recent 7" single release, Bongo Joe Records follow the debut album from Nyati Mayi & The Astral Synth Transmitters Nyati Mayi, a Belgo-Congolese multi-instrumentalist, singer and improv dancer has joined up with DJ & producer Sofa Elsewhere After a performance at this year's BBC Radio 3 After Dark Festival the duo...
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    Following on from 2016’s Doing It In Lagos: Boogie, Pop & Disco in 1980s Nigeria, Soundway Records return to that blistering set for the first and only officially licensed re-issue of the highly coveted debut album from Steve Monite, featuring the single 'Only You' that recently seeped its way into popular culture Lovingly...
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    Wau Wau Collectif’s second album, Mariage, is instilled with a newfound sense of purpose Expanding upon the inspirational themes of their acclaimed 2021 debut, Yaral Sa Doom (Educate The Young), this long-distance collaboration from musicians in Senegal, led by Aurora Kane, and Sweden’s Karl Jonas Winqvist is an even more...
  • Following on from the runaway success of Soundway's release of Kiki Gyan's "24 Hours In A Disco", another Ghanaian legend looks to have his time to shine One of the most well-known disco and burger highlife artists of the time, Charles Amoah originally began his career as a drummer Playing with Alex Konadu's band, as well as the...
  • Reissue, originally released in 1971 South-African jazz-rock worshippers alert! Assagai was an Afro-rock band, active in the early 1970s in London, whose relatively short career produced two albums recorded in 1971 It has been described as "the second best-known African group of the late '60s/early '70s in Britain" after Osibisa...
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    "'Dancing Time: The Best of Nigeria's Afro Rock Exponents 1973-77' by The Funkees is the latest title on Soundway to mine the rich musical output of 60s and 70s Nigeria For the five-year period this compilation spans The Funkees output crackled with dance floor fire… In the early 1970s The Funkees were the number-one east...
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    In 1980s black South Africa a local form of pop music evolved as the disco boom died down and slowly mutated It was often ubiquitously described as Bubblegum - usually stripped-down and lo-fi with a predominance of synths, keyboards and drum-machines and overlaid with the kind of deeply soulful trademark vocals and harmonies that...
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    If someone would have told me years ago, when I started the label, that one day I would be releasing music by Ernesto Djédjé, the king of Ziglibithy himself, I would have personally driven them to the closest psychiatric institute such is the magnitude of the artist and his iconic tune “Zighlibitiens” The star of Ernesto...
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    This summer, Soundway Records will release Esa Presents Amandla: Music To The People, a double vinyl electronic music compilation by DJ and producer Esa Williams Growing up in Cape Town, South Africa, during the last days of Apartheid, Esa recalls the immense power of music had in resisting oppression and division "Amandla,...
  • Strut present the first ever compilation of Balka Sound, bringing together their influential 1980s recordings, Hailing from Congo-Brazzaville and led by revered vocalist and ngonfi player, Nkibi “Lusialala” Albert, Balka Sound created their own unique musical world, re-imagining traditional Congolese Balka rhythms with...
  • Martin Khanja (aka Lord Spike Heart) and Sam Karugu emerge from Nairobi's flourishing underground metal scene as former members of the bands Lust of a Dying Breed and Seeds of Datura Together in 2019 they formed Duma (Darkness in Kikuyu) with Sam abandoning bass for production and guitars and Lord Spike Heart providing extreme...
  • First-ever vinyl reissue of 2009’s Imidiwan: Companions by acclaimed Saharan Tuareg group Tinariwen Pressed on 180-gram heavyweight vinyl, the album hypnotically blends Malian desert blues with twanging guitar-led Tichumaren agit-prop to create a sound altogether...
  • A revelatory discovery in the Tinariwen archives, Kel Tinariwen is an early cassette tape recorded in the early 90s that never received a wider release, and sheds new light on the band’s already rich history Not having yet developed the fuller band sound that they became internationally established with, Kel Tinariwen features...
  • First-ever vinyl reissue of critically acclaimed Saharan Tuareg group Tinariwen’s third album, Aman Iman: Water Is Life Released internationally via Independiente in 2007, reissued here on 180-gram heavyweight vinyl, the album was produced by long-time associate Justin Adams and features the voice and guitar of founding member...
  • On the heels of his already critically acclaimed (yes, already!) forthcoming retrospective, WORLD SPIRITUALITY CLASSICS 3: THE MUSLIM HIGHLIFE OF ALHAJI WAZIRI OSHOMAH, Alhaji Waziri Oshomah — the Oyoyo King, the Godfather of Afemai Music, the Etsako Super Star, Mr Please Please Please, Mr Dynamite — returns with his complete...
  • In 2009, Brian Cross (aka B+) organized a series of live events at the Luckman Fine Arts Complex in Los Angeles The Timeless series captured the lasting impact of several artists on the world of hip-hop and beyond Live, fully orchestrated performances by Ethiopia’s Mulatu Astatke and Brazil's Arthur Verocai bookended the...
  • Limited, fully licensed 180g vinyl-only reissue of ultra rare South African disco-jazz classic Featuring tracks: Side A: Kabuzela; Bayabaleka; Side B: Disco Freaks; Disco Baby Available for the first time since its original South African release in 1979, Outernational Sounds presents tenor giant Mike Makhamalele’s monster...
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    Maha’s “Orkos” immediately catches your ear as a unique album A strong and energetic voice, equally grounded in jazz as well as Egyptian vocal traditions, Maha sings over instrumentals that offer a wide palette of influences, sonically emblematic of the cultural changes that were occurring in the country The album features...
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    In 2003, Pisco Crane assembled a six-piece band from motivated and talented like minds in the Kinshasa slums where he grew up Pisco had been involved with a handful of local rap acts when he was younger, but after meeting legendary instrument builder Bebson De La Rue, he was inspired to follow a new path He set about building...
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    Double LP version Gyedu-Blay Ambolley is revered as the Simigwahene in Ghana, the king of Simigwa-highlife Because of his deep, soulful, and funky highlife sound, he is also sometimes referred to as the "James Brown of Ghana" And not without reason His blend of highlife, funk, jazz, soul, and proto-rap was and is still...
  • Honey Pie Records present a reissue on Babatunde Olatunji And His Percussion's Zungo!, originally released in 1961 A much-needed reissue of another obscure Afro-jazz piece of vinyl This is legendary percussionist and activist Olatunji's classic album originally released in 1961 and featuring jazz heavyweights such as Yusef Lateef,...
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    Presenting a brand new vinyl compilation featuring artists from the electic Funkiwala label – from Brasillian Afrobeat to Bengali Funk to Indo-Cuban-Nigerian Jazz to European Jazz Soul to traditional Baul Myticism - 3 newly released tracks by Phil Dawson, Cubafrobeat and Lokkhi Terra, with other tracks previously released...
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    Honey Machine were a Nigerian boogie/funk outfit who released one self-titled album in 1982 The band featured keyboard player Nkono Teles, keeping things funky on clavinet and electric piano, and drummer Jojo Kuo, who has played with such luminaries as Manu Dibango and Fela Kuti Shades of Michael Jackson’s ‘Off The Wall’ and...
  • Nigerian disco-boogie act Galaxy's sole, self-titled album has become a holy grail for Afro-boogie collectors over the last few years, so it's no surprise to see Italian crate diggers Mondo Groove giving it the reissue treatment It was produced by Jake Sollo - one of Nigeria's premier funk and soul musicians of the '70s and '80s -...
  • In response to the current political and ecological turmoil, the famous Malian quintet BKO appeals to the magical spirit of the djinn with Djine Bora (the appearance of the genie) An explosive and mystical third album, embodied by a music of resistance, the fruit of their unique experimentation with Mandingo music and their...
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    Instrumental versions Jeri-Jeri is the stunning, spectacular collaboration between the renowned Berlin-based producer Mark Ernestus and a griot clan of Sabar drummers from Kaolack in Senegal, led by Bakane Seck, along with guest Mbalax musicians and vocalists -- including mainstays of the bands of Baaba Maal, Youssou N'Dour and...
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    Pure Raï fire from Algeria on the ever-searching Nashazphone label - an absolute must for anyone snagged on contemporary, Arabic North African music by EEK/Islam Chipsy or DJ Plead’s sunstroke ‘Relentless Trills’ classic Sending a plume of prevailing heat from the Oran region on Algeria’s Mediterranean coast, Cheba...
  • Ali Farka Touré is well known as one of the most influential and talented guitarists that Africa has ever produced His legacy and impact are hard to overstate Ali’s sound merged his much-loved traditional Malian musical styles with distinct elements of the blues, singing in the local languages of Fulfulde, Tamasheq, Songhay and...
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    The Movers were titans of South African soul who left a legacy of countless songs of pure groove On The Movers 1970–76, Analog Africa presents 14 of the finest tracks from the band’s undisputed peak “I first discovered The Movers on my very first “record safari” in 1996 Twenty-five years later I’m still grooving to...
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    Alhaji Waziri Oshomah — known to his fans in southern Nigeria as the Oyoyo King, the Godfather of Afemai Music, the Etsako Super Star — is the originator of a form of Muslim highlife that fuses local folk styles with pan-Nigerian highlife and Western pop A devout Muslim and an exemplar of religious piety in his community,...
  • The legendary Ghanaian singer-producer Pat Thomas needs little introduction, he is a globally recognized vocalist and songwriter, famed for both his solo works and that with the highlife bands The Blue Monks, Broadway-Stargazers Dance Band, The Satellites, The Sweet Beans, Marijata, The Kwashibu Area Band and The Uhuru Dance...
  • How Zambia’s Liberation Led To A Rock Revolution 1972-1977 An overview of the Zamrock scene, from its ascension to its fall to its resurgence, presented as two volumes, both as 2LPs and hardcover book/CDs By the mid 1970s, the Southern African nation known as the Republic of Zambia had fallen on hard times Though the...
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    How Zambia’s Liberation Led To A Rock Revolution 1972-1977 An overview of the Zamrock scene, from its ascension to its fall to its resurgence, presented as two volumes, both as 2LPs and hardcover book/CDs By the mid 1970s, the Southern African nation known as the Republic of Zambia had fallen on hard times Though the...

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