kalita records are proud and honoured to announce the first ever and official reissue of kallaloo’s sought-after 1982 disco single “star child”, accompanied by interview-based liner notes. originally released on jeffrey turpin’s trinidadian record label ida, “star child” has since become highly sought-after by both djs and collectors alike as an invisible, yet astonishing piece of caribbean disco. unable at the time to gain the traction and success that it deserved, we hope that this re-release provides an opportunity to bring such a great record to a much wider audience.
kalita records and cc:editions (a new venture by australia’s cc:disco) jointly announce a 12” ep comprised of four of nana tuffour’s greatest electronic burger highlife tracks, accompanied by interview-based liner notes. here, in partnership with nana, we select two highly sought-after songs from his 1993 release ‘genesis’, namely ‘sikyi medley’ and ‘m’anu me ho’, and pair them his with two lesser known yet equally deserving tracks ‘asamando’ and ‘jesus’ from his 1997 cd-only release ‘highlife tropicana’.
the kalita sound is becoming more clearly defined with each release, as the london-based label continues to mine the rich history of overlooked disco, funk and soul from america and africa. darryl douglas inc. originally released -holding on- in 1981, and when you listen to it it s no wonder that second hand copies used to fetch dizzying prices. it s a perfect get down jam that no doubt used to delight switched on diggers with money to burn, but a track this perfectly crafted for good times should never be confined to the ivory tower of the collectors. -jesus is the light- is the original b side, a slower devotional soul cut with gospel undertones.
kalita are busy adding more weight to their on-point reissue catalogue with this excellent single from caribbean funksters iwabo. reggae down does indeed feature a skank of sorts and all manner of sunkissed vibes, but there s a greater emphasis on laid back funk than you would find in typical jamaican output. smile on your face is a more light hearted track that equally draws on a variety of reference points to impart its infectious positive message. iwabo may have been a secret weapon of serious diggers for years, but now it s time for the wider record buying public to get in on the groove.
kalita records release their first in a series of coveted reissues, starting with the three choice cuts from nst cophie s 1980 private press ivory coast afro-disco album mon da center. after moving to paris in 1976 and having played with other well-known bands such as n bamina, osibisa, and with numerous artists including jimmy hyacinthe and papa wemba, mon da center was ernest s first solo album. recorded at studio caroline in paris s 20th sector over the space of one week, this self-funded ultra-rare album regularly exchanges hands for eye-watering prices. pretty much unknown except to the most hardened of diggers, bian kou , e clolo and mioukouna are guaranteed to set any dance floor alight, with hypnotic afro-disco grooves, killer drums and angelic female vocals.