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African Disco Experimentals 1974-1978
Cat: ASVN 078. Rel: 12 Nov 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Love Beat (3:13)
  2. Give It Up (4:02)
  3. Disco Madonna (3:00)
  4. Lovers Concerto (vocal) (4:09)
  5. Don't Fight The Feeling (7:31)
  6. Play Me: Desires/I Wanna Love/You Are Loving Me/Burning (Parts 1-4) (16:11)
  7. Midnight (4:39)
  8. The Mystery With Me (6:09)
  9. Don't Think About It (5:28)
  10. Sookie - "Choco Date" (4:21)
  11. Tonight (4:59)
  12. Love Somebody (part 1) (10:58)
  13. Your Love (with Venise) (6:27)
  14. Let's Keep It Together (3:57)
Review: This essential compilation from Africa Seven does a terrific job in highlighting the genuinely unique, dancefloor-focused music recorded by Cameroonian musician Joe Bisso following his move to the United States in the early 1970s. Often heavily percussive, the 14 tracks combine elements of Congolese rumba, Afrobeat and Afro-funk with James Brown style heavy funk and the then emerging sound of underground NYC disco. Highlights are plentiful, from the Moog-laden, Latin-tinged-disco flavours of 'Disco Madonna' and the flash-fried disco-funk extravaganza that is 'Don't Fight The Feeling', to the solo-laden heaviness of Afro-disco banger 'Midnight' and the breathy, seductive goodness of 'Your Love (Part 1)'.
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African Funk Experimentals 1975-1982
Cat: ASVN 038. Rel: 26 Jan 17
International
  1. Africa Africa (2:08)
  2. Aboki (Mon Copain) (4:39)
  3. Nyambe (4:25)
  4. N'kondo (La Joie Des Retrouvailles) (3:02)
  5. Ekila (5:37)
  6. Soul Castle (1:42)
  7. Massoma (Remerciements) (4:17)
  8. Machine Ma Bwindea (4:32)
  9. Mother Africa (4:10)
  10. Lambo Lena (3:59)
Review: Africa Seven ignites 2017 with an outstanding addition to their African Funk Experimentals series with this precision curation of Cameroonian Ekambi's best work. Taken from albums such as Djambo's Djambo's, Africa Oumba and his two eponymous albums, the far-reaching collection ranges from downhome low-swung bluesy funk disco ("Soul Castle") to glistening highlife vibrancy ("Lambo Lena") by way of thumping French disco ("Nyambe"). Brilliant by name, brilliant by nature...
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Sun Explosion
Cat: ASVN 009. Rel: 28 Jul 16
International
  1. Anty
  2. Matumba
  3. Motapo
  4. Sun Explosion
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Ceddo (Soundtrack) (reissue)
Cat: ASVN 043. Rel: 16 Mar 17
Soundtracks
  1. Ceddo (5:06)
  2. Les Cavaliers (4:27)
  3. Le Reve De Dior (3:39)
  4. La Boisson (2:10)
  5. Marabout (8:06)
  6. Ceddo (Cenerique De Fin) (7:04)
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Funky Disco Music
Cat: ASVN 052. Rel: 15 Feb 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Funky Disco Music (4:12)
  2. Ndolo Embe Mulema (6:07)
  3. Une Chanson Sans Paroles (4:41)
  4. Bowa'a Mba Ngebe (3:31)
  5. Doi Da Manga (3:16)
  6. Me To A De Try My Own (7:52)
  7. Esele Mba Musango Na Ndol'am (3:43)
  8. Emen Ango (6:17)
Review: A veritable French fusion institution; classically trained Cameroon musician Eko Roosevelt Louis was responsible for a catalogue of exciting jazz funk, disco and afrofunk records throughout the 70s and remained active touring Europe until the 90s when he returned to Cameroon to inherit the role as tribal chieftain from his grandfather. Released in 1979, Funky Disco Music was his third album and packs some of his most powerful compositions. The triumphant title track says it all; laidback, charming and full of positivity it sets the scene for the whole trip. Highlights include the rock-tinged soul chugger "Une Chanson Sans Paroles", the highlife uplift of "Doi Da Manga" and the smouldering showstopper finale "Emen Ango". Dig deep and enjoy... Africa Seven promise more Eko reissues in the near future.
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Born In Africa
Cat: ASVN 062. Rel: 19 Apr 18
International
  1. Nimele Bolo (5:23)
  2. Makakane Masu (6:12)
  3. Manyaka (8:39)
  4. Born In Africa (8:57)
  5. Nanga 'Boko (4:16)
  6. Reviens-Moi (5:01)
Review: Charlie Kingue Soppo, known simply as Charly Kingson, is a legend of afro-funk who managed to shake the entire continent up with his infamous 1978 LP, Born In Africa. Often forgotten when conversations turn to Afro-dance, and the likes of Tony Allen or Fela Kuti, he has been an incredible source of inspiration to many musicians exploring the funkier side of jazz-dance, and this album itself goes way beyond any traditional notion of tropical discotheque. In fact, tracks like "Makakane Masu" verge on the soulful and the poppy, while "Born In African" itself is a funky groover for the dancefloor. All in all, this is an album which was dying for a re-release, and now you can enjoy it courtesy of the wonderful Africa Seven outlet. Boom!
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We The People
Cat: ASVN 027. Rel: 11 Jan 18
International
  1. More Sekele Movement (Papa Ni Mama) (4:05)
  2. Dora (7:53)
  3. Watcha Get Ma Day Dreams (6:14)
  4. Sekelimania (Nku Bilam) (3:46)
  5. The Sekele Movement (6:28)
  6. As Far I Can Remember (6:23)
Review: Having previously reissued Pasteur Lappe's sought-after 1979 sophomore set, No Man Pass Man, the crew behind the Africa Seven label has turned its attention to the Cameroonian artist's similarly impressive debut, We The People. It's a vibrant and hugely entertaining six-track set, with Lappe offering up a range of dancefloor-ready cuts that variously touch on heavy Afro-disco ("More Sekele Movement (Papa Ni Mama)"), horn-heavy tropical funk ("Dora"), saccharine English language ballads ("Watcha Get Ma Day Dreams"), thrusting disco-funk righteousness (Clav-happy smasher "Sekelimania (Nku Bilam)" and "The Sekele Movement") and laidback, Steely Dan style West Coast jazz-rock ("As Far As I Can Remember").
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Du Mali
Du Mali (LP)
Cat: ASVN 045. Rel: 27 Jul 17
International
  1. Yayoroba (6:05)
  2. Porry (11:34)
  3. N'ne Diarabila (7:53)
  4. Dintal (8:57)
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Sory Bamba Du Mali
Cat: ASVN 035. Rel: 22 Sep 16
International
  1. Mayel (6:00)
  2. Kanaga 78 (4:59)
  3. Bayadjourou (6:24)
  4. Tjamantie Kolo (7:26)
  5. N'Nebakaidi (5:11)
  6. Nani Nani (6:17)
Review: 1979's Sory Bamba Du Mali was a masterpiece when it first came out, and that hasn't changed a single bit over thirty-five years later. Africa Seven are the ones to resurface this little gem of an album from the comparatively tiny corner of Africa's Mali, and it's very much in line with the rest of the wonderful music from that part of the hemisphere. "Mayel" starts off with a deep brass symphony guided by a mysterious wave of echoing guitar riffs and tribal chanting, but the following "Kanaga 78" is a moment of pure magic, a 4/4 groove with a nutty guitar and wild organ gliding with total freedom - recommended just for that. As you can imagine, the rest of this special album keeps on evolving with each new track, and from ritualistic, percussion-heavy dances to exotic rhythms, this is a must have. Don't even think of getting the original for less the L500.
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Africa Airways Four: Disco Funk Touchdown 1976-1983
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Cat: ASVN 040. Rel: 30 Nov 17
Funk
  1. Tala AM - "Get Up Tchamassi" (3:08)
  2. Eko - "Bowa'a Mba Ngebe" (3:28)
  3. Uta Bella - "Nassa Nassa" (3:54)
  4. Charly Kingson - "Nimele Bolo" (5:19)
  5. Manu Dibango - "Sun Explosion" (8:12)
  6. Kemayo & K System - "Biram" (1:58)
  7. Momo Joseph - "Africain" (4:27)
  8. Jake Sollo - "Tinini Yanana" (7:12)
  9. Pierre Didy Tchakounte - "Soul Magabe" (3:37)
  10. The Monstars - "Funny Saga" (3:28)
Review: To date, each volume in Africa Seven's thrilling Africa Airways compilation series has been little less than essential. It goes without saying that this fourth instalment is also exceptionally good. Whereas previous volumes have focused on Afro-funk and "Afro-psych" (think Sly Stone, Nigerian style), this set drills down into African disco-funk released between 1976 and '83. Highlights come thick and fast throughout, from the solo-laden, slap bass-boasting bounce of Tala AM's "Get Up Tchamassi" and Charly Kingson's squelchy, synth-laden Blaxploitation number "Nimele Bolo", to the righteous, piano-driven thrills of Kemayo and K-System's brilliant "Biram" and the superior boogie business of Jake Sollo's "Tinini Yasana".
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Africa Airways Six: Mile High African Funk 1974-1981
VARIOUS
Cat: ASVN 060. Rel: 21 May 20
International
  1. Eko - "Ndolo Embe Mulema" (4:54)
  2. JM Tim & Foty - "More & More (Ye Male)" (3:57)
  3. Ngalle Jojo - "Ngigna Loko" (3:03)
  4. Jude Bondeze - "Ndomo" (4:58)
  5. Vicky Edimo - "You" (5:03)
  6. JK Mandengue - "Kosa Mbe" (2:58)
  7. Akwassa - "Be Yourself (& Don't Let Nobody)" (5:17)
  8. Mike Kounou - "My Native Land" (3:48)
  9. Airto Fogo - "Black Soul" (2:57)
  10. Francois Misse Ngoh - "Njonjo Mukambe" (4:49)
Review: For their latest flight on "Africa Airways", the Africa Seven collective has decided to treat us to some in-flight "Mile High Funk", all of which was recorded between 1974 and 1981. In practise, that means a mixture of disco-funk, boogie, Blaxploitation-style heaviness, Afro-disco and slap-bass-propelled goodness from across the African continent. Highlights are plentiful, with our picks including the Hammond-sporting heaviness of Akwassa's "Be Yourself (& Don't Let Nobody)", the synth-sporting highlife style revelry that is Eko's "Ndolo Embe Mulema" and the horn-heavy voodoo funk-soul cheeriness of Jude Bondeze's "Ndomo".
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Africa Airways Five: Brace Brace Boogie 1976-1982
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Cat: ASVN 050. Rel: 14 Feb 19
International
  1. Black Bells Group - "Sweet Sidney" (edit) (4:12)
  2. Charly Kingson - "Nanga 'Boko" (4:17)
  3. Gyedu Blay Ambolley - "Highlife" (4:59)
  4. Dikalo - "Fine Biscuits" (2:45)
  5. Mekongo President - "Angona Mana" (4:04)
  6. Fotso - "French Girl" (3:27)
  7. Tala AM - "Sugar Lump" (edit) (5:01)
  8. JK Mandengue - "Chibidaba, Chibidaba" (2:55)
  9. Jide Obe - "Too Young" (5:13)
  10. Mulamba - "Dashiki" (version instrumentale) (3:07)
Review: There's a slightly different feel to the latest instalment of the fantastic "Africa Airways" compilation series. While previous instalments have largely focused on heavy Afro-funk and Afro-soul, this fifth edition showcases material recorded during the disco and boogie era (1976-82). The ten included tracks are superb, with highlights including the fuzzy, Clavinet-driven thrills of "Sweet Sidney (Edit)" by Black Bells Group, the heavy grooves and dancing synth lines of Gyedu Blay Ambolley's "Highlife", the spacey Afro-boogie badness of Fotso's "French Girl" and the flash-fried disco-funk celebration that is Jide Obe's spacey, Moog-sporting "Too Young". As the old cliche goes, this is all killer and no filler.
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Afrosonique Vol 1
VARIOUS
Cat: ASVN 041. Rel: 25 May 17
International
  1. Afro National - "Jokenge" (IG Culture edit) (5:00)
  2. Ekambi Brillant - "Soul Castle" (Silkie edit Over dub) (4:35)
  3. M'Bamina - "Mosi Zole" (EVM edit Over dub) (5:42)
  4. M'Bamina - "Mbongui" (Marcel Lune edit Refix) (5:24)
  5. Sorry Bamba - "Nani Nani" (Appleblim edit Over dub) (3:58)
  6. Douglas Mbida - "Nnom Mot" (Ry9n & Knid edit Over dub) (5:44)
  7. Sookie - "Rhythm On Rhythm" (DJ Food Chop Up) (6:18)
  8. Ekambi Brillant - "Afrika Afrika" (John Talabot & Pional Lost Scripts Rerub) (6:30)
  9. Manu Dibango - "Les Cavaliers" (Plaid edit Over dub) (4:31)
  10. Pasteur Lappe - "Sekelimania (Nku Bilam)" (Jabru edit Over dub) (5:22)
  11. Bunzu Soundz - "Zinabu" (Moody Boyz edit Refix) (6:17)
  12. Bozambo - "Bgklouala Niklouala" (Redpine & Solo edit Over dub) (6:05)
Review: Crate-digging reissue specialists Africa Seven has decided to flip the script on this fantastic album, asking a range of contemporary producers to "re-imagine" a string of rare soul, funk, Afrobeat and disco jams. Thrillingly for those who remember the original West London broken beat scene, the comp contains some killer "bruk" revisions - not least Silkie's brilliantly fluid and groovy take on Ekambi Brillant's "Soul Castle" and EVM's rolling, Bugz in the Attic style revision of M'Bamina's "Mosi Zole". Elsewhere, Appleblim delivers a typically fuzzy and bass heavy rework of Sorry Bamba, Dj Food chops up Sookie's organ-laden funk slammer "Rhythm on Rhythm" an IDM heroes Plaid join the dots between vintage African jazz and woozy electronica. In a word: superb.
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