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World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who Is William Onyeabor?
Cat: RT 54/8089900791. Rel: 21 Oct 13
 
International
Body & Soul (10:07)
Atomic Bomb (7:59)
Good Name (10:04)
Something You Will Never Forget (10:03)
Why Go To War (9:00)
Love Is Blind (7:50)
Heaven & Hell (4:03)
Let's Fall In Love (7:18)
Fantastic Man (6:28)
When The Going Is Smooth & Good (7:26)
The Way To Win Your Love (7:01)
Jungle Gods (4:05)
Love Me Now (13:40)
Review: Following 2012's fourth volume that celebrated the existential work of Tim Maia, here we find Luaka Bop exploring the legacy of William Onyeabor. A high chief and Kenyan diplomat who allegedly refuses to discuss his music, he self-released eight albums in the 70s and 80s and these are some of the many highlights. Stretching from the New York-influenced post-punk synth funk of "Good Name" to the most authentic Afro fusion of "Why Go To War", Onyeabor's range not only reflects his clear creative skill, but also the ever-developing international language of music during the fruitful period he was active. Who is William Onyeabor? Press play and find out yourselves...
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 in stock $38.09
Harmonies: Special Edition
Cat: SNDWLP 090X. Rel: 13 Jun 18
 
International
Whoah! There's No Limit (feat Mara TK) (5:33)
Life On Earth (feat Mara TK) (2:34)
Makossa No 3 (4:02)
The Sweetest Meditation (feat Mara TK) (5:49)
Low To The Street (feat Lisa Tomlins) (5:09)
In Your Life (5:16)
Just Do You (feat Mara TK) (4:47)
C90 Eternal (4:09)
Note From Home (feat Toby Laing) (3:50)
I Love Music (feat Lisa Tomlins) (3:57)
Review: This "Special Edition" of Lord Echo's recent third full-length, Harmonies, seems to be aimed at DJs. Whereas the original pressing contained the same tracks on one piece of wax, this version stretches the same tracks over two super-loud, heavyweight records. Formatting aside, the album itself is something of a head-in-the-clouds, feet-on-the-floor treat. It features the Kiwi producer working with a range of collaborators - Tony Laing of Fat Freddy's Drop and regular studio buddy Mara TK included - to serve up intoxicating cuts that brilliantly fuses reggae, dub and rocksteady rhythms with elements borrowed from disco, Afro-soul, Afro-funk, spiritual jazz and, more surprisingly, techno. It's a hugely vibrant and entertaining set, offering a good balance between dancefloor vibrations and more laidback concoctions.
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 in stock $21.07
Make It Fast Make It Slow
Make It Fast Make It Slow (heavyweight vinyl LP)
Cat: SNDWLP 040. Rel: 02 Apr 13
 
Funk
Loose Up Yourself (3:27)
Make It Fast, Make It Slow (5:28)
Not The End (3:52)
I've Got To See You Again Lord (3:56)
He Shall Live In You (5:30)
But You (3:26)
Bargain (5:21)
Back On You (2:46)
Review: Soundway surpass themselves again with this wonderful reissue from the Ghanaian artist Rob, who released two albums back in 1977 for the West African Essiebons label. Rob was a seasoned musician in the 70?s, having recorded and toured with many well known bands. The album is a somewhat Spartan, brooding affair where less is most definitely more as slow burning, hip swaying cosmic funk drenched compositions are offset by wonderful punchy brass arrangements. A slow burning pulse is present throughout with highlights being ''Loose up Yourself'' and the irreplaceable carnal conquest anthem '' Make it Fast, Make it Slow''. Songs of celebration sit alongside other pieces of introspection and socially conscious topics; some might criticise the odd duff notes and occasional raw vocal edge, but this just adds texture to the overall performance and vibe. Without question one of the best reissues of 2012.
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 in stock $17.83
Abidjan
Abidjan (12")
Cat: HC 55. Rel: 25 Apr 18
 
Disco/Nu-Disco
Nan Ye Li Kan (Afro Beat) (4:49)
Abidjan (Biguine) (5:48)
 in stock $23.24
Kenya Special: Selected East African Recordings From The 1970's & 80's
VARIOUS
Cat: SNDWLP 046. Rel: 15 Mar 17
 
International
The Loi-Toki-Tok - "Ware-Wa"
Slim Ali & The Famous Hodi Boys - "Watoto Nyara"
Orchestre Baba National - "Sweet Sweet Mbombo"
Gatanga Boys Band - "Wendo Ti Mbia"
Hafusa Abasi & Slim Ali with The Yahoos Band - "Sina Raha"
Nashil Pichen & The Eagles Lupopo - "Ng'ong'a Wa Mwanjalo"
Nairobi Matata Jazz - "Tamba Tamba"
The Lulus Band - "Ngwendeire Guita"
Mbiri Young Stars - "Ndiri Ndanogio Niwe"
The Lulus Band - "Nana"
Afro 70 - "Weekend"
The Rift Valley Brothers - "Mu-Africa"
DO 7 Band - "HO Ochiri"
Afro '70 - "Cha-Umheja"
Peter Tsotsi Juma & The Eagles Lupopo - "Kajo Golo-Weka"
New Gatanga Sound - "Thonia Ni Caki"
Sophia Ben & The Eagles Lupopo - "See Serere"
Kalambya Boys - "Kivelenge"
The Loi-Toki-Tok Band - "Leta Ngoma"
Huruma Boys Band - "Theresia"
Orchestre Veve Star - "Nitarudia"
The Mombasa Vikings - "Mama Matotoya"
The Lulus Band - "Mutumia Muriu"
Ndalani 77 Brothers - "Nzaumi"
Review: Having explored the rich heritage of Nigeria and Ghana with well researched vigour, Soundway turn to Kenya for their next adventure... A rare insight: while Lagos was churning out seminal Afrobeat compositions, Kenya took to western influences in a much subtler fashion. With heavy emphasis on the Kenyan benga and Afro-Cuban rumba there's a much deeper, local folk presentation and format throughout most of the selection. Complete with detailed notes and beautiful presentation (like all Soundway compendiums) this won't look out of place in any collection.
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Tags: African | Afrobeat | Afro Funk
 in stock $27.01
Rob (reissue)
Cat: MRBLP 166. Rel: 19 Feb 19
 
International
Funky Rob Way (6:14)
Forgive Us All (8:00)
Boogie On (4:10)
Just One More Time (7:39)
Your Kiss Stole Me Away (5:22)
More (5:19)
Review: Eight years on from its previous reissue (that time courtesy of Analog Africa's "Limited Dance Edition" series), Mr Bongo is offering up a fresh, licensed re-press of Rob's eponymous 1977 Afro-funk masterpiece. If you missed out in 2011, the set is definitely worth picking up because it's rock solid heat from start to finish. Check, for example, the heavily percussive Afro-beat/Afro-funk fusion of "Funky Rob Way", the flanged funk guitars and heavy brass action of "Boogie On", the jazz guitars and loved-up vocals of "Your Kiss Stole Me Away" and the William Onyeabor-does-James-Brown heaviness of closing cut "More".
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 in stock $22.68
Selassie
Selassie (7" limited to 300 copies)
Cat: MSH 109. Rel: 29 Jan 21
 
Funk
Selassie (part 1) (4:09)
Selassie (part 2) (3:58)
Review: The first release from the Ethiopian Brothers, 2019's 'Ashadwa', was a brilliant slab of Afro-funk that many erroneously believed to be a long-lost classic. In fact, it was the work of a contemporary producer associated with Jalepeno Records. Regardless, the record sounded authentically old and dusty, as does this equally as inspired sequel. 'Selassie (Part 1)' sets the tone, with the producer and his session musicians serving up a righteous Afro-funk workout rich in Tony Allen influenced drum-breaks, flanged guitars, raw tenor sax lines and killer bass guitar. Even more righteous is the flipside 'Part 2' version that showcases more snaking sax lines and some seriously infectious, chant-like vocals.
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 in stock $11.35
Rejoice
Rejoice (180 gram vinyl LP with obi-strip)
Cat: 405053 855749. Rel: 20 Mar 20
 
International
Robbers Thugs & Muggers (O'Galajani) (4:36)
Agbada Bougou (5:23)
Coconut Jam (3:22)
Never (Lagos Never Gonna Be The Same) (3:49)
Slow Bones (5:48)
Jabulani (Rejoice, Here Comes Tony) (5:36)
Obama Shuffle Strut Blues (4:39)
We've Landed (4:39)
Review: Two titans of African music come together for a collaboration that will sadly never be repeated after the passing of the late Hugh Masekela. Allen's instantly recognisable drumming and Masekela's iconic trumpet are a match made in heaven - after all their paths first crossed back in the 70s thanks to Fela Kuti's galvanizing energy. Forget the throwback stuff trying to capture the spirit of the originators, this IS the originators sounding cool and deadly in every way. Funk lovers, Afrobeat heads, curious ears and dancing souls take heed - this right here is an unmissable transmission from two grandmasters in their field.
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 in stock $19.24
Samba
Samba (limited 7")
Cat: AFRO45 001. Rel: 14 Apr 22
 
International
Amazones De Guinee - "Samba" (4:53)
Moussa Doumbia - "Samba" (5:28)
Review: Mr Bongo kickstarts a new Afro 45s series with serious intention; all-girl troupe from Guinea Amazones De Guinee take the lead with a live recording from Paris, 1983. Taken from their Au Coeur De Paris album, it's the perfect example of a live recording with the balance of musicianship and crowd participation precision tuned. Flip for the previously rare 1980 recording by Ivory Coast's Moussa Doumbia whose smoky vocals and JB-level shrieks hit hard over a clam-tight Afrofunk rhythm. What a way to start a new series.
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Tags: African | Afro Funk
! low stock $9.45
Kelen Ati Leen
Kelen Ati Leen (limited 7")
Cat: AFRICA 4506. Rel: 20 Apr 22
 
International
Kelen Ati Leen (3:41)
Souleymane (4:29)
Review: Insanely funky business from Senegal's famous Orchestra Baobab (who are still touring and toiling 40 years later), "Kelen Ati Leen" is a really sweaty, heavy slab of funk that stares west for inspiration and a mild psychedelic Hendrixian sheen. "Souleymane", released three years after the A-side in 1978, takes more of a Latin influence as the horns get steamy over a rigid highlife spine to create a detailed and very physical groove.
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African Funk Experimentals: 1979-1981
Cat: ASVN 028. Rel: 21 Jun 23
 
International
More Sekele Movement (Papa Ni Mama) (3:57)
Na Real Sekele Fo'Ya (6:20)
Sanaga Calypso (3:30)
Hiembi Nin (Hymne A La Vie) (3:45)
Back To Funky (3:29)
Mbale (Face To Face With The Truth) (3:49)
Na Man Pass Man (Na Iron De Cut Iron) (2:54)
Hommage A Eraste Nkom (5:32)
Sekelimania (Nku Bilam) (3:46)
ABC (3:08)
Review: In terms of being an afrobeat legend, Pasteur Lappe is Cameroon's Fela Kuti, an unsung hero who was ahead of the game back in the 1970s and 1980s, and one whose been famous for burning the pockets of many diggers nowadays. Luckily, Africa Seven have compiled some of his best work onto a ten-track LP, ranging from the funky oddities of "More Sekele Movement" or "Na Real Seke Fo'ya", to the future-zouk sound of "Sanaga Calypso", and plenty of jazzy, popped-out, disgruntled soulfulness to satisfy anyone from Gilles Peterson to Cherrystones. Heavy and warmly recommended.
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 in stock $19.44
Tootee Parts 1 & 2
Tootee Parts 1 & 2 (7" limited to 300 copies)
Cat: MSH 113. Rel: 29 Nov 22
 
Funk
Tootee (part 1) (4:02)
Tootee (part 2) (3:53)
Review: The long-running Mushi 45 label from Japan is back with another big serving of Afro-tinged funk. This 45rpm is limited to just 300 copies and features both parts of Afro Breed's Toootee. It is our first brush with this artist but we like what we hear here - 'Tootee (part 1)' has a James Brown-style take on funk with trilling acoustic guitar and tumbling drum breaks under big vocals. 'Tootee (part 2)' introduces a more libidinous sax sound that is steamy and sultry and seductive.
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Tags: Afro Funk
 in stock $13.51
Jibiti
Jibiti (7")
Cat: FUR 7391. Rel: 06 Jul 20
 
Funk
Jibiti (Bosq remix) (4:34)
Jibiti (Bosq remix instrumental) (4:33)
Review: Kaleta's first full-length collaboration with the Super Yamba Band, 2019's "Medaho", was something of a slept-on treat: a fiendishly psychedelic Afrobeat affair that was every bit as heavy, colourful and vibrant as you'd expect. Here, one of the album's standout tunes gets the remix treatment courtesy of long-serving, party-starting musical fusionist Bosq. The Ubiquity and Soul Clap stalwart delivers vocal and instrumental passes of "Jibiti", both of which make great use of Kaleta's vocals and Super Yamba Band's fuzzy, Fela Kuti-style horn lines. Bosq's groove is closer in feel to Afro-disco than the original album version, though the bassline, organ stabs and vocals are pure Afrobeat gold.
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 in stock $8.64
Confusion
Cat: KFR 2010. Rel: 13 Aug 14
 
International
Confusion (part 1)
Confusion (part 2)
Review: Regarded by many as Fela and The Africa 70's zenith, Confusion is 26 minutes of total Afrofunk immersion delivered over two sides. Gradually building - thanks largely to Tony Allen's dynamic drum work that's as delicate as it is powerful, Fela's dreamy, almost jazz-like keys and a rigid, spine-like rhythm guitar - the groove and narrative is developed with a natural sense of well-instrumented drama. A genuine classic, if your collection isn't blessed with this now is most certainly the time.
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Tags: Afrobeat | Afro Funk
 in stock $23.51
Music Of Many Colours (reissue)
Cat: KFR 11431. Rel: 29 Nov 19
 
International
2000 Blacks Got To Be Free (18:37)
Africa - Center Of The World (17:35)
 in stock $21.07
The Mauskovic Dance Band
Cat: SNDWLP 130. Rel: 24 May 19
 
International
Drinks By The Sea (3:42)
Space Drum Machine (4:17)
Same Heads (3:32)
Dance Place Garage (5:37)
Alto In Vacanza (4:19)
Late Night People (4:07)
Percussione & Spazio Sounds (2:33)
It's The Wrong Goodie (5:43)
 in stock $17.83
This Is Marijata (reissue)
Cat: MRBLP 150. Rel: 14 Jul 17
 
International
I Walk Alone (10:56)
We Live In Peace (4:08)
No Condition Is Permanent (7:02)
Break Through (5:07)
Review: Back in 1976, legendary highlife artist Pat Thomas decided to throw his weight behind Ghanian three-piece Marjarita. Thanks to his patronage, they made quite an impact with their debut album (Pat Thomas Introduces Marjita), before striking gold with their killer follow-up, This is Marjita. Since then, the album has become something of a "holy grail" for Afro-funk collectors, with copies changing hands for astonishing sums of money. Happily, Mr Bongo has decided to license and reissue it. The album contains four superb workouts: the hard funk brilliance of "Break Through", the organ-heavy Afrobeat fuzziness of "No Condition is Permanent", the reggae-influenced wonder of "I Walk Alone" and the superior highlife of "We Live in Peace".
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Tags: African | Afro Funk
 in stock $19.18
Congo Funk! Sound Madness From The Shores Of The Mighty Congo River: Kinshasa/Brazzaville 1969-1982
VARIOUS
Cat: AALP 098. Rel: 04 Apr 24
 
International
Petelo Vicka Et Son Nzazi - "Sungu Lubuka" (7:47)
Groupe Minzoto Ya Zaire - "Mfuur Ma" (4:51)
MBT's - "MBT's Sound" (4:12)
Abeti Et Les Redoutables - "Musique Tshiluba" (2:37)
Trio Bydoli - "Lalia" (4:53)
Tabu Ley Et L'Orchestre Afrisa - "Adeito" (6:40)
Les Bantous De La Capitale - "Ngantsie Soul" (8:23)
Les Freres Soki Et L'Orchestre Bella Bella - "Nganga" (8:36)
Orchestre Celi Bitshou - "Tembe Na Tembe Ya Nini" (7:18)
Lolo Et L'Orchestre OK Jazz - "Lolo Soulfire" (3:34)
Zaiko Langa Langa - "Femme Ne Pleure Pas" (5:59)
Orchestre OK Jazz - "Kiwita Kumunani" (3:46)
GO Malebo - "Fiancee Laya" (5:05)
Orchestre National Du Congo - "Ah! Congo" (3:18)
Review: Analog Africa has repressed the highly valued and long since sold-out Congo Funk! Sound Madness From The Shores Of The Mighty Congo River: Kinshasa/Brazzaville 1969-1982. It is a compilation that superbly shows off the raw energy and funkiness of the Congolese rumba scene. This is the country that spawned such as legendary bands as African Jazz, OK Jazz and African Fiesta and it is said that the concert ahead of the legendary Rumble in the Jungle boxing match between Muhammad Ali vs George Foreman is what really set young hopefully musicians on their paths, after they saw James Brown play live. The story of those artists and the labels they released on in the ensuing years is what is told so well here across four sides of vital wax.

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Tags: Afro Funk
 in stock $28.90
In Pursuit Of Shai Hulud
Cat: ATA 007. Rel: 08 Jun 23
 
Jazz
The Sorcerers - "In Pursuit Of Shai Hulud" (3:41)
The Yorkshire Film & Television Orchestra - "The Anderson Spectrum" (3:00)
Review: The Sorcerers have been a mainstay of the ATA Records imprint since it was founded in their home city of Leeds back in 2015. Here, the Yorkshire combo, whose primary influences have always been Ethopian "Ethio-jazz" and obscure European horror soundtracks, return to action with a heavyweight dancefloor workout. In truth "In Search of Sha Hulud" is a far more funk-fuelled affair than you might expect, with exoitic Middle Eastern melodies and fluttering flute solos rising above killer drum breaks and a seriously heavy bassline. Turn to the flipside for "The Anderson Spectrum", a pitched-down, 1960s style library funk jam credited to The Yorkshire Film and Television Orchestra, which appears to be another project helmed by leading members of the Sorcerers.
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 in stock $7.83
Nigeria Soul Fever: Afro Funk Disco & Boogie: West African Disco Mayhem!
VARIOUS
Cat: SJRLP 344. Rel: 09 Sep 16
 
International
Joni Haastrup - "Free My People" (4:52)
Christy Essien - "You Can't Change A Man" (3:59)
Akin Richards & The Executives - "Afrikana Disco" (6:25)
Tee Mac - "Nam Myoho Renge Kyo" (5:40)
Joni Haastrup - "Greetings" (6:14)
Don Bruce & The Angels - "Ocheche (Happy Song)" (5:51)
Benis Cletin - "Get Up & Dance" (5:37)
Colomach - "Enoviyin" (5:02)
Joni Haastrup - "Do The Funkro" (4:04)
Tee Mac - "Living Everyday" (feat Marjorie Barnes) (5:19)
Arakatula - "Mr Been To" (4:01)
Angela Starr - "Disco Dancing" (5:30)
Joni Haastrup - "Wake Up Your Mind" (5:58)
Jimmy Sherry & The Musik Agents - "Nwaeze" (7:00)
Benis Cletin - "Soul Fever" (5:02)
Arakatula - "Wake Up Africa" (3:19)
Review: Another work of Soul Jazz curatorial gold: Nigeria Soul Fever is a detailed gatefold trip into one of Nigeria's richest chapters in music. Heavy trade restrictions allowed them to develop their own style without too much US or European influence and the result is an array of national talent who largely remained legends within their own borders. The range is mesmerizing; the sinewy synth and playground vocal Q&A of Benis Cletin's "Get Up & Dance", the ballroom disco soul of Tee Mac's "Living Everyday", the soulful afrofunk folk of Jimmy Sherry's "Nwaeze", the gut-punching power of Arakatula's album finale "Wake Up Africa". This is a treasure trove of unreleased gems that capture a truly unique time.
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 in stock $31.33
Voiciii
Voiciii (gatefold 2xLP)
Cat: FVR 170. Rel: 09 Feb 21
 
Disco/Nu-Disco
Assia (feat Pat Kalla) (3:54)
Ben Bene La (feat Lass) (4:51)
Women Can Do (feat Ayuune Sule) (5:39)
Mbaal Mu Teer (feat Lass) (3:18)
Water Get No Enemy (feat Pat Kalla) (5:05)
Tu Mens Devant Moi (feat Rama Traore) (4:10)
Faut Pas (dub 2000) (3:32)
Fighting Slowly (feat Ayuune Sule) (5:26)
Faut Pas Dire Des Choses Comme Ca (feat Pat Kalla) (4:38)
LYMYE-A (feat David Walters, Pat Kalla & Lass) (5:25)
Manu Ecoute Ca (feat Pat Kalla) (4:33)
Ku La Foon (feat Lass) (4:15)
Francois, Va Te Laver (feat Pat Kalla) (3:59)
Tenor Jam For Manu (feat Boris Pokora) (3:37)
Review: Favorite Recordings presents Voiciii, the third album by Voilaaa - the nom de plume of Bruno 'Patchworks' Hovart. It features guest vocalists such as Pat Kalla and Lass who he has worked with previously, but also new ones such as David Walters, Rama Traore and Ayuune Suule. There's also the addition of saxophonist Boris Pokora. The LP is a tribute to major artists of influential African sounds, such as Fela Kuti and Manu Dibango: from the empowering groove of 'Women Can Do', the late night boogie-down antics with a message on 'Water Get No Enemy' to the spiritual life music of LYMYE-A' - a delightful album from start to finish.
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 in stock $24.58
Philantropiques
Philantropiques (gatefold heavyweight vinyl 2xLP)
Cat: HS 190VL. Rel: 15 Apr 19
 
International
Voyaging Bird (feat Jowee Omicil) (7:32)
Mucagiami (feat Vum Vum) (3:48)
Ja Nao Ha Mais Paz (feat Catia Werneck) (6:45)
Groove Ma Poule (feat Djeuhdjoah & Lieutenant Nicholson) (3:54)
Daddy Sweet (feat Pat Kalla) (6:18)
Li Dous Konsa (5:59)
Kenk Corner (3:50)
Sa Ce Kado (6:25)
Shake It & Rise Up (4:05)
Nosso Carimbo E Do Mundo (feat Pinduca & Nazar Peirera) (3:53)
Matadou (3:36)
Se Nou Menm (4:06)
Boug Bagay La (4:23)
Penda (feat Emma Lamadji & Kandy Guira) (3:48)
Review: Under the Guts guise, instrumental hip-hop beat-maker turned tropical soul enthusiast Fabrice Franck Henri has become one of Heavenly Sweetness' most reliable artists. "Philantropiques" is Henri's first album for three years and could well be his most expansive and adventurous to date. The set's 14 tracks are as colourful and musically rich as you'd expect, with the storied producer and a range of vocal collaborators conjuring up tracks that draw influence from a myriad of Central American, Caribbean, South American and African styles. The results are uniformly excellent, with highlights including the tropical shuffle of "Mucagiami (feat Vum Vum)", the sun-kissed French Caribbean funk of "Daddy Sweet (feat Pat Kalla)", the Afro-Tropical rush of "Kenk Corner" and the synth-powered brilliance of "Shake It & Rise Up".
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Tags: African | Afro Funk | French | Caribbean
 in stock $23.77
Walk For Ground: Exclusive Instrumentals
Walk For Ground: Exclusive Instrumentals (hand-numbered 180 gram vinyl 12" limited to 300 copies in Juno exclusive branded sleeve)
Cat: MUKAT 094. Rel: 27 May 24
 
Funk
Walk For Ground (instrumental version with Backing vocals - previously unreleased) (7:39)
I Get Myself To Blame (instrumental version - previously unreleased) (7:20)
Review: Gyedu-Blay Ambolley is a true legend of Ghanaian 'high life', responsible for bringing hip-hop influences to bear on the genre in a pioneering fusion which became known as hip life. On this release for Mukatsuku the focus is on instrumental versions of standout jams from his 2017 album Ketan, all the better for the funk DJs looking to hold down a groove without letting lyrics interfere. On the A-side it's 'Walk 4 Ground', an uptempo workout with some deadly organ flexing on top of the insistent rhythm section, while 'I Get Myself To Blame' settles into a smoother, but no less funky flow that just goes and goes, like the best high life should.
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Tags: Afrobeat | Afro Funk
 in stock $14.59
African Dances (reissue)
Cat: MRBLP 168. Rel: 05 Jun 18
 
International
Cunny Jam Wayo (16:25)
Agboju Logun (11:42)
Gboro Mi Ro (7:43)
Review: Shina Williams' first album from 1979, African Dances, marked the moment where the Nigerian afrobeat artist would team up with 'His African Percussionists', to form one of the most sought-after sounds of the next decade. Taking inspiration from the Master Of Ceremonies, Fela Kuti, this album is just as loose and evocative as the legend's, and perhaps even a little more oriented towards the disco end of the spectrum. "Cunny Jam Wayo" is a classic afrobeat march, with its rolling drums popping off left, right and centre, while "Agboju Logun" offers a softer funk ride, and "Gboro Mi Ro" lifts the soul at the final moments with a truly memorable string of brass instruments and vocals. Cop this, not the L300+ original..!
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 in stock $21.60
Everything You Do You Do For Yourself
Cat: PH 45013. Rel: 07 Dec 17
 
International
Everything You Do, You Do For Yourself (4:27)
Estre (feat Florence Adooni) (5:02)
Review: Philophon is a Berlin-based label run by Max Weissenfeldt. Part of Philophon is the Tonstudio Bluetenring in Kreuzberg, operated by Benjamin 'Stibbo' Spitzmueller. The label's essential motivation is to support any form of local culture with reason, freedom and ludic drive. North-Ghanaian singer Guy One presents his first international release here. He promises what his name is saying: he is the number one artist of Frafra music, named after his people. "Everything You Do, You Do For Yourself" is a driving Highlife rhythm and his only song having a phrase in English. "Estre" features one of the leading voices of Frafra-Gospel named Florence Adooni. She interweaves perfectly with the horn arrangements by Weissenfeldt and the drummer. Washington's Hailu Mergia, San Francisco's Idris Ackamoor and the Pyramids and the legendary Scandinavian producer Jimi Tenor have also released on the label over the last year too.
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Tags: African | Highlife | Afro Funk
 in stock $9.18
Funky Disco Music
Cat: ASVN 052. Rel: 15 Feb 18
 
Disco/Nu-Disco
Funky Disco Music (4:12)
Ndolo Embe Mulema (6:07)
Une Chanson Sans Paroles (4:41)
Bowa'a Mba Ngebe (3:31)
Doi Da Manga (3:16)
Me To A De Try My Own (7:52)
Esele Mba Musango Na Ndol'am (3:43)
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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Edo Funk Explosion Vol 1
VARIOUS
Edo Funk Explosion Vol 1 (gatefold 2xLP + 20-page booklet + MP3 download code)
Cat: AALP 091. Rel: 26 Mar 21
 
Funk
Osayomore Joseph & The Creative Seven - "Africa Is My Root" (6:46)
Akaba Man & The Nigie Rockets - "Ta Gha Hunsimwen" (6:01)
Akaba Man & The African Pride - "Popular Side" (7:26)
Sir Victor Uwaifo & His Titibitis - "Iranm Iran" (5:34)
Sir Victor Uwaifo & His Titibitis - "Sakpaide No 2" (6:28)
Akaba Man & The Nigie Rockets - "Ta Ghi Rare" (7:21)
Osayomore Joseph - "My Name Is Money" (4:50)
Akaba Man & The Nigie Rockets - "Ogbov Omwan" (9:21)
Sir Victor Uwaifo & His Titibitis - "Aibalegbe" (3:51)
Osayomore Joseph & The Ulele Power Sound - "Who No Man" (8:38)
Sir Victor Uwaifo & His Titibitis - "Obviemama" (4:34)
Osayomore Joseph & The Ulele Power Sound - "Ororo No De Fade" (8:01)
Review: Analog Africa have put together their 31st compilation here, and it's another essential, well curated overview of a fantastic funk sound, focussing on the genre's greatest originators, namely Osayomore Joseph, Akaba Man and Sir Victor Uwaifo. All of these artists' primary skill was to strip down funk down to its core essence and use it as a foundation to rebuild their own unique interpretations. Each one is imbued with the spirit of the Edo culture and all 12 cuts here pulse with driving rhythm and raw musicianship, bright keys and tripped-out guitars that bring the funk in utterly fresh and thrilling ways.
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Tags: African | Afro Funk
 in stock $25.13
Featherbed Lane
Cat: F CLMN 152. Rel: 29 Jan 18
 
Funk
Featherbed Lane (3:46)
Handcuffed To The Shovel (3:45)
Review: Please welcome new LA Afrofunk troupe Mestizo Beat. Previously known as Soulfire Collective, this debut 45 marks a clear line in the sand and an exciting future. Sweaty, energetic, tightly woven instrumentals we kick off with "Featherbed Lane", a boogie-based jam with spiralling sax leads and a guitar solo so hot you could cook a banquet on it. "Handcuffed To The Shovel", meanwhile, gets to work with a rawness, persistence and infectious rhythmic motion. We know you're going to dig this!
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Tags: African | Afro Funk
 in stock $10.27
Dancing Time: The Best Of Eastern Nigeria's Afro Rock Exponents 1973-77
Cat: SNDWLP 039. Rel: 23 Apr 12
 
International
Ole
Akpankoro
Onye Mmanya
Abraka
Akula Owu Onyeara
Acid Rock
Ogbu Achara
Slipping Into Darkness
303
Baby I Need You
Break Through New Dub
Life
Mimbo
Dancing Time
Dancing In The Nude
Point Of No Return
 in stock $26.20
Guest Edits Vol 3
Cat: CUTSX 003. Rel: 08 Dec 21
 
Funk
Lagos Puzzle (Guest edit) (3:45)
Imaginings (Guest edit) (3:29)
 in stock $11.62
Yagana
Yagana (12")
Cat: SNDW 12044. Rel: 25 Mar 22
 
International
Yagana (5:53)
Nothing Grows (5:02)
It's You (5:48)
War (Jam) (7:08)
Review: Recorded in a single weekend, 'Yagana' is a choice afro-disco and synth collab from Margate 5-piece Pigeon. With the band drunkenly forming after a pub session, it's got Guinean singer Falle Nioke heading up frontman duties, while Graham Godfrey on drums, Steve Pringle on keys, Tom Dream on guitar and Josh Ludlow on bass take up phat instrumental space. The result is a cosmic space jam and call into a cold universe, facing eternity with a friendly, synthy, and even grungy sonic greeting: "it's been a while".
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We The People
Cat: ASVN 027. Rel: 11 Jan 18
 
International
More Sekele Movement (Papa Ni Mama) (4:05)
Dora (7:53)
Watcha Get Ma Day Dreams (6:14)
Sekelimania (Nku Bilam) (3:46)
The Sekele Movement (6:28)
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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 in stock $15.94
Dig This!
Dig This! (7" limited to 300 copies)
Cat: ECR 003. Rel: 30 Nov 23
 
Funk
Dig This! (vocal version) (3:56)
Dig This! (instrumental) (3:58)
Review: We hold our hands up, we don't know anything about Cheeba's Prestige Allstars and cannot find much out either. Echo Chamber Recordings though have got them on this limited 7" and the music is a steamy mix of Afro and Latin funk that comes in two different versions. 'Dig This!' (vocal version) is a raw cut with plenty of hard-edge drums and James Brown samples that liven it up next to some big sax energy. On the back side is the instrumental which is only slightly paired back and still has lots of James Brown mic work.
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 in stock $16.75
Resurrection Los
Resurrection Los (limited gatefold heavyweight vinyl LP + poster + MP3 download code)
Cat: AADE 07. Rel: 29 Sep 17
 
International
Resurrection Los (6:54)
Beton Sala (5:28)
Miss Ya Ntem (4:44)
Mindzuk Ya Enyin (5:44)
Bezimbi (4:02)
Mbembe Ndoman (5:23)
 in stock $23.51
The Movers Vol 1: 1970-1976
The Movers Vol 1: 1970-1976 (gatefold 180 gram vinyl LP)
Cat: AALP 095. Rel: 05 Aug 22
 
Funk
Give Five Or More (2:33)
Tau Special (2:50)
Soweto Inn (3:13)
Soul Crazy (2:34)
Kudala Sithandana (2:54)
Oupa Is Back (3:37)
Balele (3:11)
Hot Coffee (2:33)
Gig Soul Party (2:56)
Ku-Ku-Chi (2:30)
2nd Avenue (2:35)
Phukeng Special (2:33)
Six Mabone (2:41)
Plenty Time (2:31)
Review: Initially discovered by the label via cassette tapes picked up in Jo'burg's Kohinoor store back in 1995, The Movers feature on the 35th in Germany's Analog Africa's series of band spotlights. As its title suggests, this captures the band's work across the lion's share of the 70s, and tracks like 'Hot Coffee' and '2nd Avenue' are irresistibly, instantly groovy, but also a fascinating sonic crossroads where African jit music meets the funk and soul of the US and the funkier end of the guitar music coming out of the UK and Europe at the same time. All executed In the most natural, free flowing, as well, which makes this package even harder to resist.
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Tags: African | Afro Funk | Cumbia
 in stock $26.75
Disco Hi Life
Cat: HC 027. Rel: 04 Mar 14
 
Disco/Nu-Disco
Disco Hi Life
Awade
Children Of The World
Love Peace & Happiness
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Borga Revolution! Ghanaian Dance Music In The Digital Age 1983-1992 Volume 1
VARIOUS
Cat: KALITALP 009. Rel: 17 Jun 22
 
International
Uncle Joe's Afri-Beat - "Eshe Wo Kon Ho" (4:21)
Thomas Frempong - "Mada Meho So" (6:28)
Native Spirit - "Odo San Bra Fie" (5:49)
George Darko - "Medo Menuanom" (12" version) (6:21)
Wilson Boateng - "Mabre Agu" (3:35)
Paa Jude - "Odo Refre Wo" (8:58)
Aban - "Efie Nny" (8:11)
Wilson Boateng - "Asew Watchman" (4:38)
Uncle Joe's Afri-Beat - "Mr DJ" (5:24)
George Darko - "Obi Abayewa" (5:44)
Dr K Gyasi's Noble Kings - "Damfo Agoo/David Akofo/ Obegyaa Nowa/Okwantuni Moboro" (Medley) (13:53)
Review: Were you aware of the burger highlife phenomenon that swept through Ghana in the 1980s? Taking the West African sound of highlife and infusing it with the synths and drum machines of disco and boogie, a vibrant fusion culture emerged with hit upon hit of infectious, funky-as-hell party gear undeniably rooted in African culture. This diligent compilation from Kalita looks to some of the most important artists from this wave of electrified highlifers, including Thomas Frempong and George Darko, and of course looking between the cracks for the more obscure gems that should get even the well-schooled excited to check this one out.
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Nigeria 70: Sweet Times Afro Funk Highlife & Juju From 1970s Lagos
VARIOUS
Cat: STRUT 079LP. Rel: 13 May 11
 
International
Moneyman & The Super 5 International - "Life"
Ali Chukwumah & His Peace Makers International - "Henrietta"
Bola Johnson & His Easy Life Top Beats - "E Ma S'eka"
Dr Victor Olaiya's International All-Stars - "Kinrinjingbin"
Zeal Onyia & His Music - "Idegbani"
Sina Bakare - "Inu Mimo"
Eji Oyewole - "Unity Of Africa"
Tunde Mabadu - "Viva Disco" (instrumental)
The Don Isaac Ezekiel Combination - "Ire"
Etubom Rex Williams & His Nigerian Artistes - "Ama Mbre Ewa"
Soki Ohale's Uzzi - "Bisi's Beat"
Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey & His International Brothers - "Ajoyio"
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The Bariba Sound 1970-1976
Cat: AALP 071. Rel: 04 May 12
 
International
Bariba Soul - "Gandigui"
Bariba Soul - "Wegne Nda M Banda"
Pachanga Fon - "Me Ton Le Gbe"
Afro Beat Bariba - "Abakpe"
Pop Bariba - "Guessi-Guere-Guessi"
Folklore Dendi - "Sembe Sembe Boudou"
Afro Beat Bariba - "A Na Gan Garo Ka Nam"
Pachanga Dendi - "Bori Yo Se Mon Baani"
Folklore Dendi - "Aske"
Folklore Bariba - "Ko Guere"
Vodoun Hounwato Minon Dou Gbandja
Cavacha Dendi - "Abere Klouklou"
Afro Beat Dendi - "Dadon Gabou Yo Sa Be No 2"
Soul Dendi - "Hanoubian Gabou"
Boucher Dendi - "Binin Hounnin"
Cavacha Bariba - "Adiza Claire"
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A Life In The Limelight: Lagos Disco & Itsekiri Highlife 1976-1981
Cat: KALITALP 004. Rel: 31 May 19
 
Disco/Nu-Disco
Ere Yon (5:04)
Re Hese (4:11)
It's All For You (5:30)
Sogio (3:34)
Gossiper Scandal Monger (5:37)
Iyo-Re (3:47)
Elelemi (3:10)
Review: She may be best known as a TV and radio presenter, but Nigerian star Julie Coker also enjoyed a short but successful music career. She released two albums of note - highlife-focused 1976 debut "Ere Yon (Sweet Songs)" and 1981's more disco-centric "Tomorrow" - both of which now fetch eye-watering sums online. This fine retrospective showcases cuts from both of those sets, with the many highlights including the spacey, delay-laden highlife cheeriness of "Re Hese", the Clavinet-sporting disco-funk-goes-pop bounce of "It's All For You", the low-slung but rising, gospel influenced brilliance of "Gossiper Scandal Monger" and the heavily percussive, off-kilter goodness of album closer "Iyo-Re". You might also notice the intro of 'Ere Yon', which was recently sampled to great effect in Anderson .Paak's "Saviers Road"!
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Homecooking (reissue)
Cat: COMET 075LP. Rel: 07 Oct 16
 
Funk
Woman To Man (feat Ty) (4:48)
Kindness (5:21)
Every Season (feat Damon Albarn & Ty) (4:07)
Don't Fight (9:07)
Calling (feat Mary & Norman) (4:32)
Home Cooking (4:44)
Jakelewah (4:56)
Crazy Afrobeat (4:54)
What's Your Fashion (5:00)
Eparapo (7:13)
Review: On its' original release in 2002, Tony Allen's HomeCookin album was arguably a little overlooked. Like its' predecessor, 1999's Black Voices, the set updated the legendary drummer's Afrobeat sound for a new millennium. As this timely reissue proves, it was a particularly successful exercise. The album's genius lies in the Nigerian sticks-man's combination of traditional elements - most notably his loose, skittish polyrhythms, guitars and punchy horns - with elements of future-jazz, modern soul (see the brilliant Eska collaboration, "What's Your Fashion") and hip-hop. British rapper Ty excels himself on a number of killer cuts, though it's a more traditional Allen style dancefloor workout - the sublime "Crazy Afrobeat" - that really stands out.
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Tags: African | Afrobeat | Afro Funk
 in stock $27.83
Tomorrow (remastered)
Cat: LB 5034LP. Rel: 27 Nov 15
 
International
Tomorrow (6:04)
Why Go To War (9:03)
Love Me Now (6:50)
Fantastic Man (6:23)
Try & Try (3:32)
Review: A lesson in how to follow up an incredible album: Tomorrow followed Onyeabor's incendiary Atomic Bomb immaculately. The title track instantly set the scene with more emphasis on electronic elements and studio techniques as William sermonises without pomp. "Why Go To War" is as insistent as its message thanks to a dense lolloping groove of highlife guitars and spiralling keys. "Fantastic Man", meanwhile, takes a leaf out of Parliament's playbook, rolls it up and smokes its own and "Try & Try" closes the show with country subtlety thanks to its slide guitars and blushing keys.
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De Bassari Togo
De Bassari Togo (limited gatefold heavyweight vinyl LP + MP3 download code)
Cat: AADE 010. Rel: 04 Dec 18
 
International
Haka Dunia (4:06)
Soo Soo Mungha (previously unreleased) (3:25)
Ekule Nugble Nu (previously unreleased) (1:48)
Shamarin Banza (4:10)
Honam (feat Thon Komla) (3:59)
Kissagui (feat Napo De Mi Amor) (4:17)
Review: Even by the consistently high standards of Analog Africa, this release is something special. It consists entirely of previously unheard music by Orchestre Abass, an obscure outfit from Togo who released a handful of singles on Polydor Ghana in the early 1970s. Remarkably, all bar one of the tracks on "De Bassari Togo" were found on a long forgotten reel of tape that had sat on a shelf in a Ghanaian warehouse for the best part of 35 years. That was ten years ago; it's taken that long to track down the remaining members of the band and license the material. In truth, the tracks have aged exceptionally well, with the band's infectious, organ-led sound adding distinct Arabic influences (a result of the band members' time spent studying in Islamic schools) to their heavy funk rhythms and riotous Afro-funk vibes.
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Tags: African | Afrobeat | Afro Funk
 in stock $23.24
DB12 012
DB12 012 (12")
Cat: DB12 012. Rel: 27 Mar 23
 
Disco/Nu-Disco
Other World (7:42)
Dolce Julia (7:13)
Voice Of Omicron (6:35)
Monkey Key (6:00)
Review: A strong, strong showing from Duca Bianco after a period of relative dormancy, teaming up with Manchester's Talking Drums for a musical culture clash with maximum impact. The four tracks see a wide palate of influences being mixed up, from the cheeky Afrobeat shuffle of 'Monkey Key' to the 80s electropop of 'Voice Of Omicron' and the Nico-esque vocal delivery on Balearic groover 'Dolce Julia'. This is an EP with lots of surprises, tons of originality and musical confidence brimming over its edges.
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Ikebe Shakedown
Cat: URLP 292. Rel: 09 Jun 11
 
Funk
Tujunga
Kumasi Walk
No Name Bar
Tame The Beats
Don't Contradict
The Hold Up
Refuge
In Circles
The Viking
Five Points
Tujunga
Kumasi Walk
No Name Bar
In Circles
Don't Contradict
The Hold Up
Refuge
Tame The Beats
The Viking
Five Points
Asa Sa
Pepper
Sakonsa
Green & Black
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No Food Without Taste If By Hunger (remastered)
No Food Without Taste If By Hunger (remastered) (limited 180 gram orange vinyl LP + MP3 download code in screen-printed sleeve)
Cat: AADE 020. Rel: 03 Mar 23
 
Funk
Onughara (5:07)
Ughamwen-Rhienenemwen (4:32)
Ekhueghamunu (6:29)
Gaskya-Kace (5:41)
Bi Enu Ba Sahun (5:46)
Aikemienaru-Nanorunomwan (7:32)
Review: No Food Without Taste If By Hunger is the 20th compilation in Analog Africa's Limited Dance Edition series and it also happens to be a mega-rare classic from the world of Edo funk. The Good Samaritans from Benin City, Nigeria released a very small run of the original in 1982. It is an infectious album of hypnotic basslines layered up with trance-like grooves trippy psychedelic guitars that make for an utterly unique kind of funk music. Newly mastered, pressed to 180g vinyl with a silk screen printed cover, and limited to just 2000 copies, this is a rare chance to own such a landmark album.
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Green Onions
Cat: BOULOUW 002. Rel: 17 Apr 23
 
Jazz
Green Onions (4:35)
Afro Lypso (4:34)
Review: Mongo Santamaria's 'Green Onions' here (a cover of the iconic Booker T standard) is a classic cut that showcases the legendary Cuban percussionist's mastery on the drums. First released in 1969 alongside the nighttime swayer 'In The Midnight Hour' , the single hears a funking reissue here that once more shines a blinding light on Santamaria's deft ability to blend originally American compositions with Latin rhythms and soul-jazz structures.
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Shango Dance Band
Cat: CRZR 1003LP. Rel: 31 Aug 16
 
International
Position Pass Power (15:37)
Women Are Great (10:21)
I Need Your Love (5:52)
Review: Shango is the name for the Yoruba 'Thunder God' in Nigeria and Ojo Okeji, the leader of the Shango Dance Band was all about injecting military power and warlike energy in his own strain of Nigerian highlife and afrobeat. However, apart from all of Okeji's cult-like stories involving him and his part in the Nigerian army during a time of civil unrest in the late 60's and through to the 70's, and his often troublesome relationship with the great Fela Kuti, the truly special aspect of the Shango Dance Band album is that it was never properly released following its production in 1974. Comb & Razor have done the right thing here and, without them, this magical LP would still be locked away in the never-ending vaults of Nigerian music. This is very personal, incredibly singular African jazz-dance with a raucous psychedelic edge that lifts it high and mighty above the competition. A truly special album - DO NOT MISS IT.
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Tags: Afrobeat | Afro Funk
 in stock $21.07
Meji Meji
Meji Meji (12")
Cat: BAC 010. Rel: 25 Jul 23
 
Disco/Nu-Disco
Meji Meji (5:42)
Meji Meji (instrumental) (5:42)
Sonayon (5:53)
Sonayon (instrumental) (5:54)
Review: Former Whiskey Barons man Bosq has enjoyed a long working relationship with Nigeria-based, Benin-born guitarist and vocalist Kaleta. We make this the pair's eleventh collaborative single in the last decade and, as with their previous outings, it trumphantly blurs the boundaries between Afro-disco, Afro-beat and Afro-funk. On side A you'll find vocal and instrumental takes on 'Meji Meji, a pleasingly live-sounding affair full of rubbery bass guitar, righteous horns, infectious drums and Kaleta's evocative guitar licks. Over on the flip, they opt for even heavier, life-affirming horn motifs, Afro-disco grooves and more sun-splashed Afro-funk guitars on vocal and instrumental versions of the similarly inspired 'Sonayon'.
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Akofa Akoussah (reissue)
Cat: MRB 174. Rel: 28 Jan 19
 
International
Tango (3:02)
Ramer Sans Rame (4:02)
La Lem (3:23)
Mitso Aseye (3:07)
Dandou Kodjo (3:13)
Kimumbu (3:43)
G Blem Di (2:52)
I Tcho Tchass (3:55)
Review: For their latest deep dive into forgotten and sought-after African music, Mr Bongo has secured the rights to reissue Togolese singer Akofa Akoussah's eponymous 1976 debut album. Akoussah was already something of a scene veteran when she recorded the set for Paris-based Sonafric, having made her vinyl debut in Togo 11 years earlier. The set remains something of a classic, with Akoussah variously delivering sweet vocals over local rhythms and guitars, bass, horns and Moog synth parts that showcase her Western funk and soul influences. There are some suitably heavy dancefloor workouts throughout (not least superb opener "Tango") as well as more laidback and stripped-back cuts. Curiously, the echo-laden production makes it sound like it was recorded in the mid '60s rather than the 1970s, but that's no criticism; it just adds an extra edge of intoxicating fuzziness.
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Tags: Afro Funk
 in stock $22.68
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